Only 44% of Americans have even a simple Will. We procrastinate for several reasons. Learn those reasons and how to push past them. My friend and colleague Steve Hartnett, an expert in estate planning, explaing why planning is important. Estate Planning is Too Important to Procrastinate … [Read more...] about Estate Planning is Too Important to Procrastinate
When planning for children with special needs, it takes special care to preserve their eligibility for public benefits. An ABLE account is a new way to preserve eligibility while gaining tax advantages. Read this article by my friend and colleague Steve Hartnett to learn more about this new tool in planning for those who were disabled by age 26. As of this date, California' ABLE account program has not been fully implemented. However, it is expected to be fully operational sometime during … [Read more...] about ABLE Acccounts: A Special Option for Special Kids
Perhaps you would prefer to take a charitable deduction this year. Maybe you have higher income this year, or the reduced ability to take a deduction next year. A donor advised fund may make sense for you. A donor advised fund allows a deduction this year, even though distributions will be made to public charities in future years. Read on to learn more about a donor advised fund. Would You Prefer a Charitable Deduction This Year? … [Read more...] about Would You Prefer a Charitable Deduction This Year?
A new ruling addresses whether a donor advised fund may satisfy charitable pledges by the donor/advisor. It now may do so, as long as certain requirements are met. Read the guest blog by my friend and colleague Steve Hartnett, an estate planning expert, to learn more about how donor advised funds are a great tool for charitable giving. Donor Advised Funds: IRS Issues New Ruling … [Read more...] about Donor Advised Funds: IRS Issues New Ruling
The tax bills passed by the House and Senate would eliminate deductibility of state income tax and nearly double the standard deduction, dramatically reducing the number of people who would benefit from itemizing their deductions. As a result, most people would get no tax benefit from their charitable contributions. This article by my friend and colleague Steve Hartness examines how a Donor Advised Fund could allow donors to make a contribution this year, getting a tax benefit, and then release … [Read more...] about No Charitable Deduction in 2018?
Planning ahead is the loving thing to do. Whether it is for a Thanksgiving meal or for your estate plan, planning is imperative. This article points out the various consequences of your failure to plan, including the increased likelihood for family discord. Read on to learn how planning ahead can help achieve the desired results. Planning to Enjoy Thanksgiving … [Read more...] about Planning to Enjoy Thanksgiving