Estate Planning Articles
If you retire early and roll your 401(k) into an IRA, what is the best way to take out income to live on? What are the rules? What are the penalties for taking money out before the magic age of 59 1/2? What are the exceptions? What are the work-arounds?
This article is about having your estate in order in the event you become unable to. Are you a gambler? Do you like to play the odds? Here are some real-life odds for you to consider: 90 per cent of people become incompetent before they die! Of course, your spouse might not think you're of sound mind right now, but that's beside the point! If you don't take action, you could needlessly cost your spouse thousands of dollars and countless headaches in order for them to make decisions on your behalf.
This article is about taxes owed on gifts received. Many readers of this column take me up on my offer for free financial advice. 'Mr. K' from Michigan, like many, wondered about taxes owed on his mother's house. Chances are you will deal with the same issues.
This article is about whether you need a trust or foundation. Trusts and private foundations aren't just for the rich and famous like Warren Buffet or Bill Gates. Nowadays, even people of modest means are realizing the great benefits trust and foundations can provide. Read on to see if you can, too.
Expert Author: Ray Prince
It can be hard to imagine that you may not be able to look after yourself at some point in the future. As most of us are only too aware though, the chances of this situation arising is likely. But who will look after your financial affairs? And how will it all work, especially if your situation deteriorates quickly? Let's look at the options available to you.
The Pension Protection Act was recently passed by Congress and signed into law. It is "the most sweeping reform of America's pension laws in over 30 years." Whether you're retired or still laboring to build your nest egg, the Pension Protection Act (PPA) will affect you. Read on to find out how.
Why is making the proper beneficiary election for your IRA important? Does your election follow the rules? Is it the best one for your family circumstances? Is there a better one? Find out by taking a look a few common beneficiary elections and their results.
Your IRA could be one of your biggest assets. Do you know the IRA distribution rules at death? Do you have your IRA set up so your desires match the rules? Here's a quick primer that could help you avert costly mistakes.
Your IRA may represent the bulk of your estate. Care must be taken to assure that your wishes for the distribution at your death follow the rules. Here are the rules and several common mistakes to avoid.
Know you need long term care but can't afford it? If you think with me outside the box, you will find that there are ways to pay for long term care without taking the premiums out of your budget.
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