Planning

A Dangerous Assumption – No Need to Do Estate Planning

With changes in the tax laws at the federal level as well as changes to state death tax laws, some individuals may feel that they do not need to give heed to their estate planning. With the new tax law roughly doubles the federal estate-tax exemption, to about $11.2 million per person in 2018, a […]

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Rethinking Old Trusts and Your Estate Planning

If you have a trust, you may think that their original purpose no longer seems compelling. Your estate plan may designate that your assets will pass into a “bypass” or “credit shelter” trust, which will pay income to your surviving spouse and ultimately pass assets to your children. Historically, it was common for married couples […]

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Think you do not have anything to leave behind? Think Again! (Part 3 of 4) – Durable Power of Attorney

Ok, so now you have a Last Will and Testament where you have directed where your assets will go after you pass away and who will be responsible for administering your estate. But who will help you during your lifetime if you become incapacitated and need assistance handing your finances? Enter the Durable Power of […]

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Think you do not have anything to leave behind? Think Again! (Part 1 of 4)

We hear it time and time again. People considering whether or not to have estate planning documents done, but stopping short of following through because they think “I really do not have anything to leave behind” or “There is no need right now, I only have one bank account anyway”. While that may be true […]

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Beneficiary Designations

Do you know who your beneficiaries are on your life insurance policies and retirement accounts?  Are you sure?  When was the last time you confirmed the beneficiaries of record on these assets? When you set up these assets, you designate primary and a contingent beneficiaries. Do you remember the beneficiaries you designated? Changes occur in […]

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Estate Planning for Marriages With A Non-Citizen Spouse

While traveling abroad as a student, John met Grace. Grace was a citizen of Spain. Love at first sight, they began a whirlwind courtship and got married. They returned to the United States and eventually settled down as residents of New Jersey. Intending to reside permanently in this country, she nevertheless maintained her Spanish citizenship. […]

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Powers of Attorney: Practical Tips for Executing, Using and Revoking

By Thomas D. Begley, III, Esq. Co-Authored by Brittany A. Verga, Esq. Although most people initially think that a Will is the cornerstone of estate planning, it is often asserted that the most important document is a power of attorney. A power of attorney is a document in which one individual vests authority in another […]

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May You Rest In Peace ….Elsewhere

Mark Babyatsky died on August 25, 2014. He was 55 years old. He left behind a wife, Elizabeth, and their two minor sons. He was also survived by a daughter, Amanda, who was the offspring from a prior marriage. Shortly after he was buried, Elizabeth sought to disinter Mark’s remains and transfer them to another […]

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Court Case Highlights Need For Special Needs Trust Funding

Last month, the Arkansas Supreme Court reversed the decision of a local Circuit Court which denied the request of a disabled party, James S. Corn, to establish a Special-Needs Trust on his behalf. James S. Corn, who is in his 50s, became disabled, suffering from memory loss. He receives both SSI and Medicaid. His partner […]

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Let’s Go Crazy – Estate Planning a la Prince

In 1984, Prince released what was arguably his penultimate album – the soundtrack to his semiautobiographical film, Purple Rain.  This classic filled compilation was ignited by its initial track, “Let’s Go Crazy”.  A phenomenal song with a phenomenal title.  Yet it appears it is regrettably the theme for his estate plan – or apparently lack […]

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