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Is It Better to Use Joint Ownership or a Trust to Pass Down a Home?

      When leaving a home to your children, you can avoid probate by using either joint ownership or a revocable trust, but which is the better method?    If you add your child as a joint tenant on … Continue reading

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5 Things to Know to Reduce Your Tax on Capital Gains


      Although it is often said that nothing is certain except death and taxes, the one tax you may be able to avoid or minimize most through planning is the tax on capital gains. Here’s what you need … Continue reading

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Execute a Power of Attorney Before It’s Too Late

      A durable power of attorney is an extremely important estate planning tool, even more important than a will in many cases.  This crucial document allows a person you appoint — your “attorney-in-fact” or “agent” — to act … Continue reading

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Life Insurance Can Still Play a Key Role As Part of an Estate Plan


      Life insurance can be beneficial in replacing lost income for young families, but as people get older, it can also serve a purpose as part of an estate plan.   Historically, one main reason to buy life … Continue reading

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What Is a Life Estate?

        The phrase “life estate” often comes up in discussions of estate and Medicaid planning, but what exactly does it mean? A life estate is a form of joint ownership that allows one person to remain in … Continue reading

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House Democrats Introduce Bill to Raise Estate Tax Rate

New legislation has been introduced that would restore the estate tax and gift tax rates to 2009 levels. Michael Cohen, editor-in-chief of AccountingToday.com, explains the proposed changes in this article.

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Woman’s Efforts to Change Will Without Professional Assistance Backfire

Just as making a will without the help of a qualified attorney can be dangerous, trying to change an existing will on your own can fail as well. A recent court decision in Minnesota serves as a cautionary reminder to anyone thinking of altering their estate plan on their own. Strohschein Law Group is here to protect what matters and just a phone call away to save you money and potential heart ache.

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Incentive Trusts: Ensuring That an Inheritance Will Be Well Spent

Many parents or grandparents with sizable amounts of money to pass on to their heirs are apprehensive about the effect it may have on their children or grandchildren. In some instances, they fear that the recipients will misspend the funds on drugs, fancy cars or failing businesses. In other cases, the fear is simply that their children will lose their drive to achieve and overcome barriers that may present themselves if there’s no financial necessity to do so. But some parents set up what are known as “incentive trusts,” which get very specific in their instructions to trustees to ensure that the trust funds support what the trust’s creators view as positive behavior and discourage unproductive activities. Read more…

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Who Will Inherit Whitney Houston’s Fortune Following Bobbi Kristina’s Death — and What Are the Lessons?

As it turned out, Houston may have given Bobbi Kristina more money than she could cope with at such a young age. The trustees of the trust – Bobbi’s aunt and grandmother – certainly thought so because they filed court papers to change the will to delay the windfall to Bobbi Kristina, but the trustees later withdrew the request, no doubt realizing that courts invariably follow the terms of a will. But we’ve seen worse. At least Houston did have a plan that didn’t give everything to Bobbi, even though $2 million at age 21 was probably too much. The morals of the story are to update your estate plan when life changes happen and to think long and hard about what effect inherited money will have on a child and on those close to her.

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