Estate Planning Articles
"If you'd hit her in the passenger door, you probably would have killed her," the officer told me as I looked over the crumpled front of my mini-van. I was a bit shaken, but relieved. It could have been so much worse, especially for 'Marge'.
Recently I shared the heart-wrenching story of a young soldier who had to deal with the unexpected death of his mother. She didn't have her affairs in order and now her son has the extremely difficult task of recreating her financial details from scratch. Here are some simple steps you can take to ensure that your loved ones aren't left in a lurch.
Few situations have a greater potential for problems as when dealing with money and relatives. If you've ever had a child ask you for a loan or a distant relative request money to start a business, then you know just how touchy these situations can be. Here are some real-life situations, along with some simple steps to help you safely navigate the tricky waters that result from mixing family and finances.
Nothing brings home the importance of having our affairs in order than seeing the effects firsthand in your own family. My mother-in-law's recent death means my family is dealing with the realities of settling her affairs. Her advanced-planning greatly simplified the process. And it will for you, too.
My last few articles have focused on various end-of-life issues that were made very real to me due my mother-in-law's recent death. In this article, we'll discuss the simple steps you can take that will make dividing your personal possessions easier on your family.
I received a heart-wrenching phone call from a young soldier recently. His mother had just died and he was left with the responsibility of settling her estate. He had no idea the difficulties he would encounter-not on the battlefield but here in East Tennessee. The worst part is it could have been completely avoided.
It's true that you can't take it with you, but many are becoming more concerned about what happens to what they leave behind. Thanks to some recent changes in estate laws, strategies that were once only doable by the extremely wealthy are now more accessible by those of more modest means. Read on to see if you can take advantage of these estate planning tools and create a living legacy for your family.
Expert Author: Carol Caroll
Elder Law is a somewhat new specialized field of law dealing with the issues and problems met by the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, the elderly. It incorporates the elements of Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Health Care Planning, Conservatorship and Medicare/Medicaid Planning.
An inheritance is the precious fruit of years of labor. It is an expression of love. Nowadays, more than ever, an inheritance is something that should be protected. All too often, inheritances are squandered or lost because of a lack of planning by those giving it. Read on to discover how to easily change that.
A reader recently asked if his 401(k) could be rolled over, by his beneficiary, to a 'stretch' IRA after his death. Read on to discover an answer that will protect your beneficiaries from tens of thousands of dollars in unnecessary taxes and keep your gift to them alive for generations to come.
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