Estate Planning

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  1. What Is a Will and Why Do I Need One?

    Putting this document together will save your family time and money, and give you peace of mind.
  2. Estate Planning: 16 Things Prince (and You) Should Have Done

    The must-do list Prince and his advisors should have completed to avoid leaving his family without a will and an estate plan.
  3. Medical Power of Attorney: Which Child to Choose?

    Don’t compromise for the sake of family harmony when you pick an adult child to fill this role. But be sure you fully explain ...
  4. Why is accidental life insurance so inexpensive?

    Accidental life insurance is an inexpensive way of obtaining life insurance coverage for yourself or someone else in your ...
  5. How do my siblings and I receive inherited pension benefit payments from our deceased ...

    Generally, the provisions of the plan document determine the distribution options available to beneficiaries of retirement ...
  6. Married with Money? Avoid These Costly Mistakes

    High net worth couples face more complex challenges than others when managing wealth. Try to avoid these easy-to-make errors. ...
  7. 7 Issues to Consider When Determining Life Insurance Coverage

    Seven issues to consider when buying life insurance to ensure the coverage is tailored to meet your personal financial situation. ...
  8. Can IRAs be held jointly by spouses?

    An individual retirement account (IRA) must be established and maintained on an individual basis. It cannot be held jointly. ...
  9. What's a Trust?

    A trust is a fiduciary relationship in which one party gives another party the right to hold property or assets on behalf ...
  10. Tips to Help Siblings Avoid a Costly Estate Battle

    Sibling spats may be financial or emotional. Either way, here are steps parents can take to forestall conflicts and strategies ...
  11. Avoid These 4 Common Causes of Family Estate Fights

    Sibling battles over their parents' belongings are quite common. But open family discussions before the parent dies can often ...
  12. Estate Planning: 16 Things To Do Before You Die

    If you don’t plan your estate, your surviving family may have to deal with disputes and probate that were avoidable.
  13. Your Retirement-Planning Team

    As you accumulate wealth, retirement planning can be too complex for just one person. The right team can help you avoid headaches ...
  14. Making Spousal IRA Contributions

    Eligibility requirements, contribution limits and tax deductions all change with one little ring.
  15. Tax-Saving Advice for IRA Holders

    Be informed about benefits and deductions that may apply to you and avoid costly mistakes on your return.
  16. Why You Should Set Up a Charitable Trust Now

    Now may be the best time to set up a charitable trust. Here's why.
  17. Do Women Need ‘Women-Focused’ Financial Advisors?

    Their life experiences are different from men’s – and their earnings tend to be lower – but does that mean women should be ...
  18. These Are the 5 Financial Products/Services the Ultra-Rich Care About

    Learn about the financial products and services that wealthy individuals make use of to cater to their planning and wealth ...
  19. When Spouses Die, Who Gets Their Retirement Funds?

    You don't automatically get your spouse's IRA, 401(k) and other accounts when he or she dies. Here's how to plan so the right ...
  20. What Type of Person Needs a Financial Advisor?

    While not everyone needs, or even wants, help with their retirement savings and investment portfolios, certain types of people ...
  21. Here's How To Care For Your Pet (Financially) After You're Dead

    Find out how to protect and provide for your pet after you pass away.
  22. The Ten Commandments of Personal Finance

    Here are the simple financial Ten Commandments that, when faithfully followed, can lead to a secure economic future.
  23. Do You Need More Than One Financial Advisor?

    Using more than one financial advisor for money management has its pros and cons.
  24. Cashing in Your Life Insurance Policy

    Tough times call for desperate measures, but is raiding your life insurance policy even worth considering?
  25. How to Set up a Trust Fund If You're Not Rich

    You don't need to be wealthy to create your own trust fund. Here's why and how to go about it.
  26. How To Read a Permanent Life Insurance Illustration

    To help you understand your life insurance policy, companies provide a permanent life insurance illustration. Here is how ...
  27. Who decides if a financial security should be escheated?

    Learn about who dictates how and when financial assets and securities are escheated, including which assets are subject to ...
  28. Who Should Be Your Life Insurance Beneficiary?

    It might seem logical to just name your young children, but doing so can have undesirable consequences. Here are some better ...
  29. 5 Common Mistakes When Creating a Trust Fund for Your Child

    Trust funds are often established to protect children in the event that their parents are not able to provide for them. Here ...
  30. 4 Ways to Avoid Escheatment of a Stock Account

    Learn about four easy ways to avoid the escheatment of your stock account, including making regular contact, updating information ...
  31. What financial assets can be escheated?

    Find out which financial assets can be escheated by your state government and how the dormancy period applies to different ...
  32. Should Each Child Get the Same Inheritance?

    The answer depends on what you've given your kids in the past, what their needs are now – and, unfortunately, how contentious ...
  33. For this Group, Financial Advisors are a Necessity

    Doctors have high potential for building long-lasting wealth, but they need advice on the best way to pay off student loan ...
  34. Diversify with These Four Alternative Assets

    In times of market volatility, investors add alternative assets to their portfolios--highly illiquid, but profitable investments ...
  35. Use Private Equity Strategy to Invest

    Forget trying to be a great trader. Learn to invest like private equity firms for superior results.
  36. Why Some Celebs Say 'No Inheritance for My Kids'

    To some of the super rich, inherited wealth is not the ultimate gift, it's a burden. Here's how their children—as well as ...
  37. Life Insurance & Annuities: Sound Investments?

    There are certain scenarios in which investing in insurance is a savvy move. But expect a big chunk of your money to go toward ...
  38. ‘I Just Inherited Money’ Now What?

    If you’re lucky enough to inherit money when you're young, here's how to hold on to it.
  39. 7 Reasons To Own Life Insurance in an Irrevocable Trust

    An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust helps minimize estate and gift taxes, provides creditor protection and protects government ...
  40. Explaining Step-Up In Basis

    A step-up in basis is the increased cost basis of an inherited asset or other security.
  41. Estate Planning Goes Digital: How to Get Started

    Digital estate planning is an important part of the estate planning process given today's tech-centric world. Here's how ...
  42. Top 3 Tips to Find an Estate Planning Lawyer

    Having an estate plan is essential. Here are some tips on how to find an estate planning attorney to help you put one in ...
  43. Choosing The Best Charitable Gift Annuity

    Want to support a cause you care about, but still earn income from that donation in your retirement years? This vehicle offers ...
  44. 6 Steps to Update or Change Your Will

    Life changes – a new marriage, the birth of a child – can necessitate changes in your will.
  45. Which Kind of Life Insurance Is Best for You?

    Parse the pros and cons of different policy types to ensure the best coverage for your needs.
  46. How to Tell if You Need an Estate Planning Lawyer

    Estate planning is an important and often neglected part of financial planning, which can be costly when avoided or done ...
  47. 6 Reasons Not to Recharacterize Your Roth IRA

    If you're thinking of recharacterizing your Roth IRA into a traditional IRA account, here are six compelling reasons why ...
  48. Gay Couples: Here Are Your New Rights

    The expansion of same-sex marriage means gay and lesbian partners can now enjoy basic spousal rights, regardless of where ...
  49. Before You Buy a Home for Your Child: Read This

    It is certainly generous. It can even be advantageous to both of you. But beware of the pitfalls.
  50. How to Recharacterize to a Traditional IRA

    If the technicalities of recharacterizing a Roth IRA to a traditional IRA seem dauntingly complex, here are a few simple ...
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