Typically, charitable lead trusts and charitable remainder trusts are implemented when your estate exceeds the federal estate tax exemption. This qualifies both charitable trusts as “advanced” estate planning tools. Besides lessening or totally avoiding the federal estate tax, there are income tax, capital gains tax, and charitable intent benefits as well. Simply put, the charitable lead trust provides an income stream to your favorite public charity for a period of years (up to 20) or … [Read more...] about Let’s Talk About Charitable Trusts
Advanced Estate Planning
Periodically, sit down and reevaluate your need for life insurance. It’s often an essential part of an estate plan. Life insurance can be used to: Replace income Fund a business buy – sell agreement Create an estate Pay federal estate taxes Equalize an estate Provide an inheritance for a child not in the family business General life insurance tips: Only pay premiums that won’t take food off your table. If you are insurance poor, you’ll end up dropping it. Term … [Read more...] about Do You Need Life Insurance?
If you’re in a blended family, such as a second marriage with children from a previous relationship, you can do much to keep the peace in your family with your estate plan. One way to keep the peace, using your estate plan, is to specifically consider and plan for your children. This could include not making your children wait until your second spouse dies before they will inherit. Waiting and putting the children second may cause hurt feelings and a breakdown of relationships that you’ve … [Read more...] about If You’re in a Second Marriage, It is Important to Plan to Protect Your Children
Trusts have been around for hundreds of years; specifically, the living trust gained popularity in the 1970s as a probate avoidance technique. Today, living trusts are often used as a foundational document in estate plans. We’ve found that many folks have both questions and misconceptions about the living trust; so, in this three part series, we answer your living trust questions. I am confused about the different types of trusts. Is a living trust always called “living trust”? Great … [Read more...] about Answers To Your Living Trust Questions (1 of 3)
If you’re like most people, you haven’t heard of qualified personal residence trusts. They are abbreviated “QPRT” for short; and, pronounced “Q – Pert.” They are irrevocable (can’t change them) split interest (you benefit and your children benefit) trusts. You benefit by living in your home rent free for a period of years. Your children benefit because federal estate taxes are eliminated and they get the house. QPRTs have a role in California planning where the high value of real estate … [Read more...] about What is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?
Common goals of many folks is to build up their estate assets so that they can live comfortably during the Golden Years and – hopefully — have a nest egg left to pass down to their children, grandchildren, and/or other loved ones. These goals could be threatened, however, if the hard earned assets are put at risk – and they could be at risk without you even realizing it. The best way to protect your assets, your future, and your loved ones is to include asset protection planning as a component … [Read more...] about Asset Protection Planning: Should You Be Worried?
One part of overall estate planning is considering how to minimize taxes as much as possible. This includes not only estate taxes but also gift taxes. When you transfer ownership of property, even as a gift, the IRS will impose a tax. There are some exceptions or exclusions to the gift tax that is typically imposed. Here is what you need to know. First, what is considered a gift? According to our federal government, a gift is “any transfer to an individual, either directly or indirectly, … [Read more...] about Understanding the Annual Gift Exclusion
Especially if you own a business or commercial property, asset protection can be a big concern for you. The possibility of legal claims and constant existence of creditors make it even more important to have an asset protection plan so that you don't run the risk of losing everything through some unexpected turn of events. There are different ways to legally protect your assets, including irrevocable trusts. Not every type of trust can accomplish proper asset protection. Here is why … [Read more...] about Why Irrevocable Trusts Protect Assets
Do you know the value of obtaining the advice of an estate planning attorney? Estate planning attorneys are there to guide you through the myriad of choices available in planning for the future. An experienced estate planning attorney can help you to fully understand how to make your wishes and goals for your family become a reality. If you have an estate planning attorney, you should develop a relationship with them because they probably have more to offer than you know. What is an estate … [Read more...] about Develop a Relationship with Your Estate Planning Attorney
The importance of trusts in estate planning is seen in their ability to minimize estate taxes and hopefully avoid probate. A trust is basically a fiduciary agreement, one based on trust and confidence, between the person making the trust (grantor) and the trustee. This agreement gives the trustee the authority to manage the assets of the trust and distribute those assets to the beneficiaries as specified in the trust agreement. There are several different types of trusts with their own … [Read more...] about Trusts Can Satisfy Many Different Objectives