Kay Sowa

Kay Sowa

Kay Sowa is a paralegal in the Trusts and Estates Group at Capehart & Scatchard, P.A. She is an IRS Enrolled Agent, an Accredited Estate Planner®, and a Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor. She oversees the trust and estate administration practice for the firm. She is an accomplished author and lecturer who has frequently spoken on behalf of a number of organizations including the National Business Institute and the Institute of Paralegal Education.

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Green Burials

These days, we hear much about “going green”, leaving an “environmental footprint”, “climate change”, etc.  We are all responsible to do our part to preserve and protect our environment while we are alive.  But, what about after we die?  Can you still do your part? Hmmmmm. Think about how much wood is used to make […]

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Income Tax Filing For Seniors and Retirees

If you are a senior or a retiree, do you know that you can file your income taxes for free using Free File online, including the ability to use direct deposit for refunds?  This is available from various tax software companies, free of charge, and is accessible through the IRS website – irs.gov.    Using […]

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Important Tax Tips You Need To Remember

We received a little gift in that the deadline for our 2020 income tax returns was extended until May 17, 2021. While that extension may have allowed us to breathe a sigh of relief, one should not delay preparing and filing their returns. The extra month will come and go before we know it. If […]

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Income Tax Filing Deadline for 2020 Taxes

The IRS has announced that the filing deadline for individuals – Form 1040 – has been extended until May 17, 2021.  More information will be forthcoming, but if you were beginning to panic, you can now relax.  “This continues to be a tough time for many people, and the IRS wants to continue to do […]

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Long-Term Care Insurance

The cost of care in a nursing facility continues to rise.  The cost of the same is dependent upon the location, the level of care provided and the needs of the resident.  I have seen monthly care statements in excess of $10,000.  So, if you should need this type of care, will you be able […]

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Estate Planning and Religion

When engaging in estate planning for individuals, attorneys must be diligent in asking the right questions, not only for financial purposes and the objects of one’s bounty, but also for religious beliefs and practices and to complete the planning by honoring the wishes of the individual doing their planning.  If you are doing your estate […]

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In-Home Paid Health Care

Today, many people are planning to age in their homes, which may result in the need for in-home paid health care.  There are many considerations to be made for the protection of the person being cared for, the caregiver, and the family of the aged.  Are you hiring a companion or a health aide?  The […]

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How Do You Spell Will?  T.E.A.M.

How Do You Spell Will? T.E.A.M.

When it comes to estate planning, “it’s not just about valuables, but about values; not just about principal, but about principles.” [Dr. Barry Baines, “Ethical Wills, Putting Your Values on Paper”]  Transferring values and ideals, in addition to your monetary wealth, is an important part of leaving a legacy.  In other words, what your children […]

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Estate Planning Options

Abbreviations, acronyms, slang, metaphors, simile, hyperbole, puns, idioms – all types of figurative languages.  When you think about it, we have so many forms of languages that the basics – English, French, German, Spanish – seem to be lost in the shuffle.  In Estate Planning, we have many acronyms that are used and I thought […]

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IRA Eligibility Changes For 2021

Retirement – for some people, they have achieved that stage in life. For others, they may be planning for retirement either in the not-so-distant or distant future.  However, in whatever pre-retirement stage of life you are in, it is never too early to think about it.  Taxpayers can deduct contributions to a traditional IRA if […]

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