End the Year on a High Note with Up-To-Date Trust-Based Estate Planning

(Finally) Finishing Your Tax Returns Isn’t the Final Step You may already be done with your tax returns (or maybe you even finished them in time for the April deadline!). October 16, 2017 is the deadline to file your 2016 federal and state income tax returns. But even after your returns are filed, there are still a...
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How to Jumpstart Your Clients’ Year-End Planning

Don’t Wait Until the Busy Holiday Season As summer fades in the rear-view mirror, it’s a good time to give yourself a reality check: Clients never have enough time to meet for year-end planning during the busy holiday season (and you might not, either), which is why you should be proactive and meet with them now —...
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What if You Don’t Die?

Why Ignoring the Importance of Incapacity Planning Can Have Serious Consequences It’s a common misconception that all your efforts to create a comprehensive estate plan are focused on what happens after your death. That is very much not the case, and it’s a dangerous misconception to plan by. Estate planning...
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Tell Your Clients It’s Not Too Late for a Portability Election

New Opportunity for Late Portability Just Opened Up by IRS Portability has brought both convenience and confusion to the estate planning community. Available for surviving spouses after 2011, portability allows an unused estate tax exemption to be transferred from a deceased spouse to his or her surviving spouse....
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Dynasty Trusts – A Planning Tool for the Masses?

Think Twice Before Ruling One Out When most people hear the term “dynasty trust,” they assume it is something for only the wealthiest of families. Dynasty trusts are not as out of reach as many people and advisors might think, and can be used by many more families of a greater wealth spectrum than currently use them....
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Have You Considered a Dynasty Trust for Your Family’s Estate?

Why You Should Think Twice Before Ruling One Out  When most people hear the term “dynasty trust,” they assume it’s something for only the wealthiest of families. However, dynasty trusts are not as out of reach as you might think, and can be used by many more families of a greater wealth spectrum than currently use...
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