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Top 5 Reasons To Beware Of Joint Ownership Between Generations

This article entitled "Top 5 Reasons To Beware Of Joint Ownership Between Generations" was in the September 13, 2011 online edition of Forbes magazine. It describes some good reasons to be wary of co-ownership between generations. When I am presenting educational seminars regarding estate planning to the public or continuing education presentations to attorneys, I am

Create a Plan to Pass On the Family Cottage

This below article titled "Create a Plan to Pass On the Family Cottage" was in the  September 6, 2011 edition of the Wall Street Journal.  It describes a number of approaches that families and estate planners can use to keep homes in the family.  Some highlights are below... Helen Tanner's lakeside cottage in Beulah, Mich., was built

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Taking Care of Disabled Heirs

This article titled "Taking Care of Disabled Heirs" was in the September 6, 2011 online edition of the Wall Street Journal.  Those of you who have loved ones with special needs might click on the link to this article to get an idea of the considerations and issues you and your estate planning attorney might need to

February 6th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , |

How Volatility Eases Estate Planning

This article titled "How Volatility Eases Estate Planning" was in the September 06, 2011 online edition of the Wall Street Journal.  Families with taxable or potentially taxable estates (think $5M and up...) should consider reviewing this article in considering advanced planning ideas while asset values and interest rates are low and estate and gift tax laws

February 6th, 2011|Tags: , , , , |

How to Avoid Taxes on Life Insurance

How to Avoid Taxes on Life and Disability Insurance (Smart Money Magazine) The above article from Smart Money magazine is a simple and concise synopsis of why some individuals and families with taxable estates or large life insurance policies may want to consider establishing Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts ("ILITs"). While life insurance proceeds are generally free

February 3rd, 2011|Tags: , , , , , |

Is Now the Time to Start Giving Away the Family Business?

Is Now the Time to Give Away the Business? This Wall Street Journal article from the excellent "You're the Boss" blog describes how the new 2010 tax laws concerning estate and gift taxes have created an excellent opportunity for some business owners to transfer large chunks of their businesses to family members without incurring estate or

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