Living wills are an important part of your estate plan. Having the right to choose your medical care means in part being able to decide whether you wish to have a machine hooked up to you to keep you alive. It can also also mean avoiding family conflict over what your healthcare wishes are at the end of your life.
The Secure Act is meant to help Americans plan for retirement. However, in many ways the new law is a tax increase. The Secure Act causes an acceleration of taxation of IRAs, hitting beneficiaries' pockets much sooner rather than under the old law.
Estate planning can be a complicated and daunting process. Even though we have more access to legal information now than ever, mistakes are still made. When thinking about your estate plan, keep in mind these 5 common mistakes and learn to avoid them.
When it comes to estate planning, a top priority for most of us is making sure our children are taken care of after we die. The hope is that our children are adults by the time we pass; unfortunately, we all know this wish is not guaranteed. If your children are under 18, strongly consider putting their assets in trust. In this article we explain why that is such a good idea.
One of the most important aspects of estate planning is determining who you want to be the beneficiaries of certain financial accounts. You want to make sure your hard-earned assets go to the ones you love, without delays and other problems arising. However, far too often, three mistakes are committed that can upset the purpose of your estate plan. Learn about those mistakes in this blog.
If you are planning your estate, you may be concerned about the best way to leave certain assets to a person with a disability. Special Needs Trusts are almost always the best solution to that problem. In this article we review the basics of how these types of trusts work.
When someone passes away, locating life insurance policies can be difficult, especially if the person who died was not very organized. This blog explains the process of locating the life insurance policies and provides some helpful tools to help find them.
Commingling your personal and business assets can create serious legal problems for your business. Find out why in this article.
If you are considering creating a revocable living trust in Kentucky, find out what you need to know to determine if this type of trust is right for you.
Estate plans are a great way to start the New Year off right. Whether you need to form a plan or need to review and update a current one, you should make sure it is done right. In 2020, resolve to get your affairs in order by executing a plan that is tailored to you individual circumstances so that you can better protect those you care about.
Probate is generally required in Kentucky when you have assets greater than $15,000. It is not required when you have less than that amount or you have assets that are jointly owned or are transferred automatically at death. Find out more about what type of estates must go through probate in Kentucky.
The purpose of the SECURE Act is to incentivize individuals to save more. In so doing, it makes substantial changes to certain retirement provisions. Individuals can now work longer and contribute to their retirement plan as well as delay the age in which required minimal distributions must be taken. Additionally, the new law provides small businesses certain credits and motivations to help their employees save.
If you are a real estate investor, considering forming a TIST. They are a great alternative to traditional business entities such as partnerships, LLCs, and corporations. This type of trust provides superior asset protection and allows the creator to have significant control over the investment of the assets within the trust. TISTs avoid the franchise and excise tax and no filing fee is required.
One of the primary issues in dealing with powers of attorneys is sibling rivalry. If you appoint a child as your agent under your power of attorney to the exclusion of your other children conflicts can arise. Here are some points in dealing with any potential issues.
The difference between a power of attorney and an executor is literally life and death. Check out this article to learn a bit more about the difference between these two important roles.
What happens when a member of an LLC dies? Does the ownership interest go to the other members? Does it go to the deceased member’s family? Does the company just dissolve? Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the law in Tennessee and how operating agreements can help determine distribution of ownership interests.
If you are considering starting a new business, limited liability companies (LLCs) have some key benefits that these entities have that are worth considering. Find out more in this article.
If you have created a living trust and are planning to move out of state, here are some key points to consider regarding the validity of your trust. Understand that moving to another state can have significant consequences as to the interpretation and administration of your trust.
It is not pleasant to think about disinheriting a child. Its heartbreaking. Its difficult. But it happens. When you are considering disinheriting a child, understand that it should be done cautiously. The impact of such an action on your relationships can cut deep. Here is an overview of the reasons a parent may choose to disinherit a child in Tennessee and what to consider before doing so.
Creating a power of attorney (POA) should be one of your first priorities when it comes to preparing for your future. If you are a newly wed, recently graduated, have experienced the death of a loved one, or are just worried about the future, strongly consider creating powers of attorney to appoint someone you trust to make decisions for you. Here are five reasons why you need to have powers of attorney in place.
If you are a beneficiary of an estate, you may have concerns about the fitness of an executor to serve. Maybe you are worried they are taking money from the estate and using it for their own benefit. Maybe they are not mentally capable of serving. Whatever your concerns are, understand that action can be taken to remove an executor if he or she is not fulfilling his legal duties.