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6 Additional Estate Planning Tips for Parents

Are you the proud parent of a newborn child? While you're celebrating, it's important to also start planning for their future. Here are six additional important estate planning tips for new ...
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3 Crucial Estate Planning Tips for New Parents

Giving birth to a child is a life-changing experience. Nobody remains the same after they become a parent; you simply look at the world differently. One of the things that change after giving birth to ...
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Why Estate Planning Should be a Top Priority

Planning your estate does not have to be a complicated matter eating up a lot of your time and money. In fact, it can be a whole lot easier and inexpensive than you would imagine. Whether you are ...
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How Challenging is a Trust Contest vs. a Contested Will?

After sitting down with an attorney to figure out estate planning needs, many people wonder whether "fights" will take place after their death. As far as your wishes for assets after death, ...
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How Tax Reform Changes to Roth IRA's Affects Estate Planning

How Tax Reform Changes to Roth IRA's Affects Estate Planning New tax laws will inevitably change whether some people take a standard deduction or itemize. For people concerned about their ...
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Medicaid Look-back Period Explained: What You Should Know

The look back period is one of the most misunderstood areas of Medicaid. It deals with asset transfers and how this could affect the eligibility of elderly people who are looking for long-term ...
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Revocable Living Trusts Vs Wills - Which Is Right for You?

When planning your estate and figuring out a way to leave your assets to your children, you can choose to set up a will or a revocable living trust. Both have their pros and cons. Here are a few ...
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Have You Talked About Your Estate Plans Recently?

Many people make the assumption that they can create an estate plan or update an estate plan on their own, and many will do so by using a template or kit. Unfortunately, a DIY estate plan does not ...
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Estate Planning Checklist for When a Loved One Passes On

We don't like to think about it, but it is bound to happen. Our spouse, partner, or parent will eventually cross through that veil and it will leave us devastated. While grieving must be given its ...
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Estate Planning: Beneficiary Designation in Financial Instruments

In many case, beneficiary designation is straight-forward. Most couples simply designated each other. However there are complications that should be understood and periodically reviewed. Consider a ...
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How Debt Destroys Your Estate

Many people today worry about the amount of money left to their surviving family members. It is difficult to organize all of your finances and make those decisions. One variable that many people have ...
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What Purpose Does a Living Trust Serve?

A revocable trust, also referred to as a living trust, provides a means for the grantor to designate, and modify as necessary, estate and asset beneficiaries. Multiple advantages exist with living ...
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4 Tips for Choosing a Guardian for Your Child

Looking to give someone guardianship over your children? Stipulating a future guardian for your kids is vital, just in case something terrible happens to you and your spouse. Here are some tips for ...
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How to Prevent Your Children from Fighting Over an Estate?

It happens frequently, whether the recently passed wants it to or not, but your family is likely to fight over your estate. With a good estate plan, money and property is divvied out fairly, but what ...
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Single? Childless? You Still Need an Estate Plan

These days people are living single more than ever before. Whether you never married, divorced, or are widowed, singles still need to plan their estate for after they pass. If anything, it is more ...
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Planning For Your Special Needs Loved One

If there is someone in your life who needs your care and protection, you want that care and protection to continue after your death. Each individual's situation is different, so special knowledge ...
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Wealth Transfer: Minimize Estate Taxes By Taking Prudent Steps Now

Trillions of dollars will fall into the hands of heirs in the next three decades as high net worth individuals retire. Responsible parents and grandparents minimize estate taxes by taking prudent ...
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3 Ways to Protect Your Estate Plan in Home Health Care

If you have ever looked into home health care, you know how costly it can be. According to the AARP, home health care can cost upwards of $69,000 each year if you live in a metropolitan area. Planning ...
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3 Reasons to Review Your Estate Plan Before You Travel

If you have a trip lingering in the horizon, you probably already know that there is a lot you need to do before you leave. You may have created a to-do list that includes everything from watering the ...
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Lending Money as an Estate Planning Tool - Is it Right for You?

Is your high net worth contributing to your estate planning anxiety? The Law Offices of James C. Shields can help you to explore the options available to avoid the loss of your hard-earned money to ...
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5 Additional Steps to Develop and Implement an Effective Estate Plan

Once you have completed the initial stages of planning, there are several additional steps you can take to ensure that you develop and implement an effective estate plan. The hard part may be out of ...
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Estate Planning: How To Create A Strategy For Passing On Your IRA

The estate planning process involves many tasks, including deciding how you will pass down your assets. With the available options and tax laws, it can be challenging to choose the best route to take. ...
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How to Prepare For Your First Estate Planning Meeting

Few things strike a chill in an adult’s heart like the prospect of planning their estate. Of all of life’s milestones -- college, buying house, getting married, having that first child -- ...
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Give the Gift of Inheritances Through Estate Planning

The underlying message of any holiday season gift is that we care about the person receiving it and we want them to be happy and healthy. This just so happens to be the same message behind estate ...
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Your Essential Estate Planning Checklist

Intimidated by estate planning? You aren't the only one. In fact, many Americans put off estate planning because the entire process makes them nervous. If you are entering the planning phases of ...
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