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What Assets aren't Part of Estate?

In presentations regarding essential actions individuals should take regarding inheritance, emphasis is usually placed on drafting a will. This leaves unanswered what happens to assets that do not pass by will —so called non-probate assets.
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Is Bitcoin Part of an Estate?

Have you thought about what will happen to your bitcoin when you die? For many of us, the thought has at least crossed our mind.
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Communication is critical in Estate Planning.

For most families, the estate planning process is more involved than simply naming beneficiaries. While the primary goal of estate planning is transferring assets in an orderly and tax-efficient manner, it’s just as important to focus on preserving wealth across generations.
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Is Federal Estate Tax Exemption Important?

The federal estate tax exemption and gift exemption is presently $12.06 million. A married couple can transfer $24.12 million to their children or loved ones free of tax with proper planning. The exemption is tied to inflation, so it will continue to rise.
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Can I Protect Inheritance from Divorce?

Your dad bequeathed you a generous sum of money on his passing. Those gifted and inherited assets, in many instances, will be considered ‘separate property,’ not marital property. That might mean that they might not be subject to division, if you divorce. However, perhaps you want to backstop that hoped for result to make the protection more likely to stick if your marriage doesn’t work out.
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Does Your Estate Plan Need Updating?

Here are some important parts of your estate plan that should be reviewed.
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Estate Planning Documents for Incapacity?

One of the most important estate planning documents for all persons over the age of 18 to consider is a durable power of attorney.
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When to File Gift Tax Returns

The IRS wants to know how much you’re gifting over the course of your lifetime. This is because while gifts may be based on generosity, they are also a strategy for avoiding taxes, including estate taxes, reports The Street in a recent article “Do I Need to File a Gift Tax Return?” Knowing whether you…
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Estate Planning for your Lake Cabin

Do you have a second home, summer property, or another vacation residence that your family enjoys? Have you thought about what happens to this property when you die?
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Special Needs Planning

Estate planning should always be customized to each individual creating a plan. This is particularly important when planning for beneficiaries with disabilities.
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