While a will is a necessary part of most estate plans, your will is typically a very small part of a comprehensive estate plan. A will alone cannot guarantee that your family will not go to court if you become incapacitated or when you die. If you want to learn why? Here are the things you should not expect your will to accomplish!
August is “National Make-A-Will Month,” and if you have already prepared your will, congratulations—too few Americans have taken this key first step in the estate planning process. Yet, while having a will is important—and all adults over age 18 should have this document in place—for all but a few people, creating a will is just one small part of an effective estate plan that works to keep your loved ones out of court and out of conflict.
In part one of this series, we discussed 529 plans and education savings accounts, which are both popular options for saving for a college education. Do you know the main reasons for their popularity? It's their tax-saving advantage! The money you contribute to a 529 account grows on a tax-deferred basis, and withdrawals are tax-free, provided they're used for qualified education expenses, such as tuition, room and board, and other education-related fees.
If you have started to save for your child or grandchild’s college education, it’s worth considering whether to use a 529 plan, an education savings account, or an Irrevocable Trust. Here’s what we think you should consider as you decide!
You might think only the wealthy need to worry about asset protection planning. But the truth is that if you don't have millions, you may be at even greater risk. For instance, if you're a multi-millionaire, a $50,000 judgment against you might not be that big of a deal. But it could be devastating for a family with a modest income, savings, and home. Before it's too late, learn the strategies you may use to safeguard your assets.
If you dream of leaving your company to your family one day, but you haven’t properly included your business in your estate plan, that dream could become a nightmare for your heirs—and your partners, team members, and clients, too. Without a proper estate plan, the business you worked so hard to build could be in serious jeopardy when something happens to you.
Despite the fact that it happens to every single one of us and is every bit as natural as birth, very few among us are properly prepared for death—whether our own death or the death of a loved one. Yet the pandemic might be changing this. As anyone who has personally dealt with loss knows, when a loved one dies, those who are left behind face major challenges, not only emotional and logistical but financially as well.
If you're looking to collect life insurance proceeds as the policy's beneficiary, the process is fairly simple. However, during the emotional period immediately following a loved one's death, it could feel as if your entire world is falling apart, so it's helpful to understand what steps you need to take to access the insurance funds as quickly and easily as possible.
These days, more and more young people are delaying—if not totally foregoing—a life that involves marriage and parenting. The lack of jobs, crushing student debt, multiple recessions, and the pandemic have pushed many young people into a life path that leaves little room for getting married—and even less room for having children. If you're single with no children, you might think there's no need to worry about creating an estate plan. But this is a huge mistake.
Regardless of what industry you're in, the reality of being a business owner is that you open yourself up to a number of unique risks that most people don't have to worry about—and the more successful your business is, the more risks you face. And because most business owners aren't fully aware of all the potential risks that can affect their company or the options available to protect their personal assets from the risks of doing business. This is where asset protection planning comes in.