Estate Planning

To Spring or Not to Spring a Durable Power of Attorney

March 2, 2015

Every adult should have a durable power of attorney. What is a Durable Power of Attorney? A durable power of attorney is a document that will allow you to appoint someone you trust to engage in specified business, financial and legal transactions on your behalf. It is called “durable” because it does not terminate if […]

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Is There A Difference Between A Beneficiary And An Heir?

October 10, 2014

The words “Beneficiary” and “Heir” are often used interchangeably, but each word has a very specific legal definition. A beneficiary is someone who benefits from the transfer of property, such as by a Will or a Trust. A beneficiary can even be the person who transfers the property. For example, in the case of a […]

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What Are You Waiting For?
The Blessing of Planning Ahead

September 26, 2014

Most of my clients are healthy when they contact me. Estate planning is something in which they are engaging as a precautionary measure rather than because they expect to die within a short amount of time. But not always. Occasionally, clients contact me after they’ve been diagnosed with a serious illness when emotions are high […]

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Tips for Designating IRA Beneficiaries

September 19, 2014

Wendy S. Goffe wrote a great guest article on last week that offered tips to avoid problems that can result from incomplete or inaccurate IRA beneficiary designations. Below are her recommendations Name a primary beneficiary (or beneficiaries). Name an alternate beneficiary in case the first one dies before you. Don’t name your estate as […]

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What is the Tax Consequence of Selling Property I Inherit or Receive As A Gift?

August 27, 2014

Several weeks ago, I received a phone call from a client whose elderly mother owned several pieces of real estate in an exclusive part of town. She had purchased the property decades ago for very little, but since then, the property had appreciated more than a hundredfold. She asked about the tax consequences of selling this highly […]

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Don’t Keep Your Heirs in the Dark

August 6, 2014

If you or someone you know has been a beneficiary of an estate, you may have been exposed to the frustration and disagreements that can occur when details of an estate plan are kept secret until a parent dies. The frustration may have resulted from an unequal distribution of the estate, or a large asset, […]

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