Category Archives: Asset Protection
Remind Me Why I Need a Will
There are a number of reasons to draft a will as soon as possible. If you die without a will (intestate), you leave decisions up to your state of residence according to its probate and intestacy laws. Without a will, you have no say as to who receives your assets or properties. Not having… Read More »
Protect Your Estate from Nursing Home Costs
Nursing home care is expensive, costing between $12, 000 to $20, 000 per month, so most seniors should do all they can to prepare for this possibility. According to a recent article from the Times Herald-Record, “Elder Law Power of Attorney can save assets that would go to nursing home costs, ” this is… Read More »
Marilyn Monroe’s Estate Makes Money 50 Years after Her Death
Screen siren Marilyn Monroe starred in 23 films in her career. She created the first female-owned production studio. Marilyn Monroe Productions first film produced was The Prince and the Showgirl with Laurence Olivier. Cheat Sheet’s recent article entitled “Marilyn Monroe’s Estate Is Still Making Millions but Not Because of Her Movies” says that as… Read More »
How to Plan for a ‘Fragile’ Beneficiary – Minors, Special Needs, and Those with Creditors
Frequently, estate plans will include an inheritance for a minor beneficiary. If you have minor children, you should spell out exactly what you want as far as who will care for your children and how your children’s financial needs will be met. Wealth Advisor’s recent article entitled “Handle with care: Tips on planning for… Read More »
What Happens If Trust Not Funded
Revocable trusts can be an effective way to avoid probate and provide for asset management, in case you become incapacitated. These revocable trusts — also known as “living” trusts — are very flexible and can achieve many other goals. Point Verda Recorder’s recent article entitled “Don’t forget to fund your revocable trust” explains that… Read More »
Is an Irrevocable Trust a Good Idea?
An irrevocable trust is mainly used for tax planning, says a recent article from Think Advisor titled “10 Facts to Know About Irrevocable Trusts.” Its key purpose is to take assets out of an estate, reducing the chances of having to pay estate taxes. For estate planning purposes, placing assets inside the irrevocable trust… Read More »
Will I Get A Bill as My Inheritance?
When someone dies and leaves debts, you may ask if you have any personal liability to pay them. The answer is typically no, even though those debts don’t automatically disappear. However, there are situations in which you may have to address issues with a loved one’s creditors after they are gone, says KAKE’s recent… Read More »
What Happens If You Fail to Submit a Change of Beneficiary Form?
Wealth Advisor’s recent article entitled “I’m being denied an inheritance. Can they do that?” explains the situation where an individual, Peter, was given a CD/IRA by a friend named Paul. Paul told Peter that he wanted him to have it, in case anything happened to him. Paul was married and didn’t tell his wife… Read More »
What’s the Difference Between Nursing Homes and Assisted Living?
US News & World Report’s recent article entitled “Nursing Homes vs. Assisted Living” explains that a big question is determining what type of facility is the best fit. According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), long-term care residences include: Assisted Living Facilities Nursing Homes Board and Care Homes; and Continuing Care Retirement Communities…. Read More »
What Trusts are Available for Estate Planning?
A trust is a legal agreement that has at least three parties. The same person(a) can be in more than one of these roles at the same time. The terms of the trust usually are embodied in a legal document called a trust agreement. Forbes’s recent article entitled “Here’s What You Need To Know… Read More »