Paying insurance premiums to protect against potential losses frees us mentally to enjoy driving a car, leave our house empty while on vacation and receive medical treatment for an injury or illness. In the same way, the use of trusts acts like insurance and can shift anxiety to comfort, Continue reading
Personal risk management is being aware of the risks in your home and in your life, and then planning how to handle those risks. Insurance plays a big part in managing risk. Most people don’t like paying insurance premiums, but when something happens and the insurance pays for a covered Continue reading
Those who inherit an IRA must be very Continue reading
The recent tax legislation dealing with the ‘fiscal cliff’ included significant revisions to the estate tax law that will affect estate planning for the foreseeable future. These revisions include:
* The federal gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax provisions were made Continue reading
Life insurance can be an affordable way to provide for our children, spouse, a sibling, aging parents and others if we should die while they are depending on us. Life insurance proceeds can provide extra income to help pay ongoing household bills and child care; pay off a mortgage, Continue reading
With the $5.12 million per person exemption from federal estate tax ($10.24 million for married couples), most of the estate planning ‘talk’ recently has been on the planning opportunities available to affluent families. However, the need for estate planning remains for everyone.
According Continue reading
The end of the year will be here before we know it. But there is still time to meet some major estate planning goals. Here are ten things to do before the end of 2012.
1. Have your estate planning done. Set the end of the year as your deadline to finally get this completed. If you Continue reading
Tax #1: 3.8% Surtax on Investment Income
This new tax will be levied on net investment income if modified adjusted gross income is more than the ‘threshold Continue reading