Estates

Birthday Basics

You will never forget your birthday (even though you may want to). Every time you make another trip around the sun (a year), it is good to reflect on what has changed in your life and what you have accomplished. Estate planning is probably something that rarely is among these thoughts. Many people think that […]

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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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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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Benefitting a Charity Through Your Estate or Trust

You would like to benefit your favorite charity through your Estate or Trust, but is leaving a specific bequest in your Last Will and Testament or Trust the only option?  Simply, the answer is NO.  You have options.  Here’s one for you to consider. You have an IRA or retirement-type account for which you can […]

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Talking to Aging Parents About Finances

You see your parents aging and you begin to become concerned about their finances.  They may not have shared much with you about their finances or you may be fortunate that they have been open with regard to what they have accumulated.  Regardless of which scenario is true for you, talking about finances can be […]

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Death Taxes

Death taxes are commonly referred to as INHERITANCE tax or ESTATE tax.  Some states have both, some states have neither and some states have one or the other.  For Federal purposes, there is only estate taxes to be concerned with.  If you become subject to Federal Estate Tax, that means that you have a gross […]

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Owning Property In A State Other Than The State You Call Home

Your dream – to own a home in the mountains or a home at the shore.  Unless you live in New Jersey and have a home at the shore or live in Pennsylvania and have a home in the mountains, your estate could be subject to estate administration in the state where your second home […]

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The Problem Heir

Let’s face it – there is always a family member who causes concern, disappointments or heartache.  Embarrassing, isn’t it?  But you are getting ready to do your estate planning or thought you had it done until something comes up that causes you to think about the situation. So, what do you do?  How do you […]

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Common Estate Planning Mistakes

You have decided you need to think about your estate planning.  You want to avoid making mistakes.  Of course, the BIGGEST mistake is to not have any estate planning in place.  To help you feel more confident about your estate planning, here are some thoughts to consider: Who will be your fiduciary – your executor, […]

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The Modern Family and Estate Planning

Families have changed throughout the years due to divorces, second marriages, blended families, same sex marriages, single parents, cohabitating couples, multinational couples, couples with different religious beliefs, age gaps between couples – all which can require special considerations in doing your estate planning.  You may have one or more of these considerations to be factored […]

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