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"Fiscal Cliff" Deal Includes Only Small Change to Estate Tax

As part of the tax compromise Congress approved to avoid tumbling down the “fiscal cliff,” the amount that is exempted from estate taxes will remain the same as it has been for the past two years, although the maximum tax rate will rise by 5 percentage points.

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What Happens If You Die Without a Will?

We all know we are supposed to do estate planning, but not all of us get around to it.

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Understanding the Tax Consequences of Inheriting a Roth IRA

Passing down a Roth IRA can seem like a good idea, but it doesn't always make the most sense.

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Online Legal Documents Company Sued Over Flawed Estate Plan

LegalZoom, one of the most prominent sellers of do-it-yourself wills and other estate planning documents, is the target of a class...

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Be Aware of the Dangers of Joint Accounts

While joint accounts can be useful in certain circumstances, they can have dire consequences if not used properly...

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Four Steps to Take Right After an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, it is important to start planning immediately.

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A Letter of Instruction Can Spare Your Heirs Great Stress

While it is important to have an updated estate plan, there is a lot of information that your heirs should know that doesn't ...

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What Is a Fiduciary and What Are the Obligations?

When you need someone else to care for money or property on your behalf, that person (or organization) is called a fiduciary. 

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