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Being divorced with potential custody issues related to my daughter, Tim helped us navigate the legal issues surrounding an untimely death. I am now confident that my daughter will have both the money and guardian to help her through life if I cannot be there to raise her.
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Some of our clients are young parents. Often times as they start out in life they have a small home or condominium and a large mortgage to go with it. They have not yet had time to accumulate a large pool of assets. But most have life insurance in place to create an instant plan in case they die. The insurance can be used to pay down debt (like a mortgage) and to provide a pool of money to pay ongoing lifestyle expenses, educational expenses or for other legitimate reasons. Often, these clients ask whether they should use a living trust, even though life insurance is their only major asset.  Most think the answer is no when in fact it may more correctly be yes. Here is why; A life insurance policy will pass to a designated beneficiary without going through the probate process. However, if you have minor children who are the beneficiaries of that life insurance policy, the life insurance company will generally not distribute those policy proceeds to a minor. Instead, someone usually has to go to court and set up a guardianship on behalf of that minor.  If you fail to plan properly, you may end up with a guardian appointed by the court, and that guardian may be someone you would rather not have controlling that minor’s money. Once the guardianship is set up, the court will often try to protect the money in a closed account that can only be accessed by court order.  Whenever that minor needs that money for things like braces or medical care or education, the Guardian must petition... read more


By now you have probably heard the news that Congress and President Obama passed a new tax bill in the last week of December 2010. For many, there is still concern over what it means for them personally. Here is a high level summary. In 2001, President Bush oversaw massive tax changes with Congress that were set to expire on December 31, 2010. Literally, on the eve of the laws reverting back to the 2001 levels, President Obama and Congress extended, and in some cases expanded, many of the tax laws implemented by President Bush. Income Tax Had the laws reverted back, the top income tax rate would have gone to 39.6 percent, rather than the current 35 percent, and capital gains could have been taxed as high as 28 percent, rather than 15 percent as provided in the new law. Perhaps, the greatest changes in the new law, however, related to estate taxes. Estate Tax The new law provides that each individual can die with $5 million in assets before they will be subject to tax, and if subject to tax, the tax rate would be 35 percent. If the law had gone back to previous levels, the limit would have been only $1 million in assets before tax with a 55 percent maximum tax rate. Gift Tax The new law also increased an individual’s lifetime gift exemption from $1 million to $5 million. Essentially, each person can give up to $5 million away in their lifetime without any gift tax consequence. The most surprising element in the new law came with the portability of the estate tax... read more


Mary and Paul had been married for over 50 years. Lately, Paul’s health had begun to fail and he needed Mary’s assistance more and more. Mary was happy to do it. She loved her husband, but she also felt herself getting more tired every day. Like most married couples, Mary and Paul owned their assets in joint ownership. Their financial advisor assured them this would “avoid probate”, if one of them died. Mary knew that someday Paul might need to go to a long-term care facility and decided to see a lawyer to determine if there were any options she needed to consider. Upon reviewing Mary’s will and asset ownership, the attorney shared with her that if anything happened to her before her husband, he would automatically get everything because of the joint ownership. Mary was pleased with this confirmation since that was their intention. The attorney, however, was not so confident. He explained to her that she was more at risk of dying than her husband because of the additional stress being put on her to care for her husband. He continued to explain that, in many situations, when there is an ill spouse, the well spouse, who is often the main caretaker, has a much higher level of stress, often does not eat well or get enough sleep. Their health eventually fails too. The ailing spouse, on the other hand, is in a much better position since they are getting all of their needs fulfilled through the caretaker spouse. In this case, he explained to Mary, that if something were to happen to her, all the assets... read more

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