Planning for a future after you die is never fun, but it is one of the best ways we can protect and help the ones we love. Selecting the correct beneficiaries of your estate is a task nobody relishes, but it is nonetheless important.
While experts have and will continue to debate the benefits and costs of the 2017 tax reform for consumers, one clear benefit is the expansion of benefits from the use of a 529 Education Savings Account.
There is a common misconception that all real and personal property will pass through an individual’s estate upon his or her death. Though, some assets avoid the probate process altogether depending on how the property is titled.
With no family to provide for, many singles may feel that having a plan isn’t a necessity. However, the truth is that estate planning for single individuals is just as important, and sometimes more complex, than planning for married couples.
Estate and “death tax” planning must be undertaken in a way that also educates the client. In this way, the client understands the applicable laws, how those laws will impact their ultimate goals or how they may lower or increase the potential taxes occasioned at death.