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Give the Gift of…Money

Give the Gift of…Money

You’ve heard the idiom that the only two guarantees in life are death and taxes. When the two intersect, there can be hell to pay. Maybe not hell but certainly the IRS. On a federal level, most people are protected by the estate tax exemption ($5.43 million in 2015) and don’t owe any of these transfer taxes when they die.
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Check Your Beneficiary Designations

Check Your Beneficiary Designations

I regularly urge readers to organize their estates and I’ve talked at length about including all assets in that planning, so I would be remiss not to mention an important piece of estate organization advice. Make a habit of periodically checking the beneficiary designations on your life insurance policies – as well as other financial accounts for which you may have beneficiaries. The reason for this is that these designations bypass your will. That means that the proceeds of the insurance are not controlled by your will but rather the beneficiary designation listed on your policy.
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Legacy Planning When You’re Young Is Smart Thinking

Legacy Planning When You’re Young Is Smart Thinking

You don’t have to reach middle age to start thinking about legacy planning. In fact, with the growing number of available digital assets and the growing utilization of these assets, the need to plan is becoming more important at a younger age.
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Give Your Family the Roadmap to Your Legacy

Give Your Family the Roadmap to Your Legacy

Creating a legacy can be a dual effort but oftentimes one person in the household takes the lead on planning. It’s a natural approach because when one person does the job, you avoid duplication of effort. It would be easy to overlap if both you and your spouse were heavily involved in the planning process. While it makes sense to delegate the responsibility to one person, what if that person should die first?
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Laws Can’t Keep Pace with Technology

Laws Can’t Keep Pace with Technology

As it stands, Delaware is the only state in the U.S. that fully recognizes the importance of digital assets as part of a legacy. Representatives proved that last year by signing into law House Bill 345, the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act. The bill granted families access to their loved ones’ online accounts and in so doing leapt ahead of most of the nation in terms of legislature involving advancements in technology.
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