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With Republicans in control of Congress and the presidency, there is talk of eliminating the federal estate tax. In 2017 the tax affects only estates over $5.49 million, meaning that for more than 99 percent of … Continue reading
Retiring to another country can be a very attractive option. Lower cost of living and health care expenses along with exotic locales and temperate climates persuade many seniors to retire outside of the United States. If you want to ensure a smooth transition, however, there are many issues to consider and steps to take before packing up and moving.
While you read this you may think you don’t have an “estate” but if you have any combination of bank accounts, investments, real estate, business interests, life insurance policies, personal property, jewelry and collections of any sort, you will want to protect these things that really do matter. The cost of long term care without a plan could cost you and your loved ones. Simply put, a will isn’t enough!
A trust is an agreement that you have with yourself that sets out the instructions for how your money will be managed both during your lifetime and after your passing. In many cases, individuals will benefit from having a trust, but not everyone needs to have one.
Planning ahead for your own death is a difficult step to take because no one wants to believe it can happen to them; but it will happen. By giving some careful thought to your goals for your beneficiaries, you will be confident that you are really protecting what matters. An estate plan may include some or all of the following: Last Will & Testament, Revocable or Irrevocable Trust, Powers of Attorney, Joint Tenancy designation, and Beneficiary designation.
A trust is an agreement that you have with yourself that sets out the instructions for how your money will be managed both during your lifetime and after your passing. In many cases, individuals will benefit from having a trust, but not everyone needs to have one. However, the more you know about trusts, how they work and what their benefits are, the easier it is to understand if you need one or not. The following are common misconceptions about trusts.
Have you taken the steps to protect what matters in your life? Do you have a Will or a Trust? Do you have Powers of Attorney for Health Care or Property?