Category: Estate Planning

The Limited Power of Attorney

One of the documents that helps to make up a proper estate plan is the power of attorney (“POA”). A POA is a document that authorizes a representative of your choosing to act on your behalf in private and business affairs. Although most people select one person to serve as their POA, this recent article[...]

Estate Tax Exemption Revisited

When President Barack Obama recently released his 2014 budget proposal, it was revealed that the estate tax exemption may not last as long as many had previously anticipated. According to a recent article, the proposed budget would not only increase estate taxes, but it would also drop the per-person exemption from federal estate taxes. Currently,[...]

Painless Estate Planning

Despite the grave importance of having an estate plan, a large amount of Americans still have not undertaken any steps towards drafting their estate plan. Often, people put the task aside because it is unpleasant to consider the reality of our deaths. A recent article suggests that, by simply preparing for a meeting with an[...]

How to Select a Personal Representative Outside of Your Family

Whether for work, school, or simply finding a warmer climate, a recent article discusses how many individuals find themselves living away from the rest of their family. Although it is perfectly acceptable to name personal representative who lives in another state, some may feel more comfortable naming a personal representative who is closer. If you[...]

The Pros and Cons of a Revocable Trust

Like most estate planning devices, a revocable living trust is not right for every estate. A recent article discusses several of the pros and cons of creating a revocable living trust. A revocable living trust is a trust that a person establishes during their life with their own assets. The terms of the trust can[...]

Compensating Your Trustee

If you include any kind of trust in your estate plan, one important consideration is whether you would like to compensate the person you name as trustee. A recent article discusses the "when and how" of trustee compensation. Not all trustees need or expect to be compensated for their services. Trusts that do provide trustee[...]

The Living Will: Your Right To Die With Dignity

Due to advances in medical technology, there is a growing possibility that people's lives will be prolonged against their wishes. For those who would not like their lives to be prolonged indefinitely with various medical instruments, it is vital to provide detailed instructions as to your medical wishes and elect a health care representative. A[...]

The Four P’s of Estate Planning

Many people understand the importance of creating an estate plan, however it is often difficult to determine where to begin. A recent article simplifies the estate planning process into four steps: people, property, plans, and planners. Below is a brief overview of this process. 1. People:  The first and foremost thing to consider when creating[...]

The Cost of Estate Planning

There is no good reason to put off estate planning. An estate plan dictates what will happen to you and your possessions after you have died. Without such a plan, state law will dictate where your assets will go. Distribution under state law will likely not yield the result that many people intended. Moreover, when[...]

The Future of Estate Planning

The fiscal cliff legislation passed in early January has had an impact on many aspects of finance, including estate planning. A recent article discusses how estate planning is changing as a result of the legislation.   The legislation fixed new tax rates and exemption limits. The federal exemption amount now sits at $5.25 million, and[...]