Planning

Checking In On Your Resolutions – #2

Last week we started our check on our resolutions and we will wrap up our suggestions this week. ARE YOUR HARD-EARNED ASSETS WORKING FOR YOU?  If you have a savings account or certificates of deposit, are you getting the best interest possible on these assets?  If you have a brokerage account, are your assets working […]

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Checking In On Your Resolutions

So, we are in the first full week of January and life is regaining a normal routine.  How are you doing on your resolutions?  Last week, Yasmeen Khaleel gave a list of suggestions of areas to address with regard to estate planning.  If you read that blog, have you even given it any further thought?  […]

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Salient Considerations in a Time of Transition

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION WELCOME 2019!  The new year is upon us and like most individuals, you may have made resolutions for the new year.  Often times when making resolutions, we forget to address the important matters and I challenge you this year to think outside the box and make a resolution to address your estate […]

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When to Re-Visit Your Estate Planning

You have spent days, and maybe even weeks, working with your attorney on your Estate Planning. You finally feel that you have addressed all of your concerns and are comfortable with who your belongings are going to after you pass away. Now, you can sit back and relax and never worry about your estate planning […]

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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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