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Why You Need an Estate Plan

Do you know what will happen to your property, belongings and debt when you die? What about your children? If you haven't created an estate plan, now's the time to start. Here's how.
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You Need an Estate Planning Attorney

Property law can be complex and arcane, even for lawyers and judges. The rule against perpetuities is an example of how older property laws can influence how families transfer and inherit property rights.
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Does Everyone Need Estate Planning?

Accidents happen. Illnesses can strike anyone unexpectedly. So, take a moment to get a few basic estate planning tasks out of the way. You—and the people you love—will be glad you did.
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How Do Inherited IRAs Work?

When someone dies with money left in an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), the funds can get passed on to the person's loved ones through an inherited IRA.
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Jackie Kennedy's Philanthropic CLAT

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis will long be known for many superlative distinctions: an internationally beloved former first lady of the United States, one of the most influential contributors to the restoration and preservation of the White House and a peerless cultural icon.
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Estate Planning for Blended Families

Traditional, very simple estate planning may not be sufficient to accomplish estate planning goals in many blended family situations.
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Do Beneficiaries Pay Taxes on 401(k)?

If you anticipate inheriting a 401(k) from a parent, a spouse or someone else, it’s important to know your options for minimizing tax liability.
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IRS Extends Portability Election Option Deadline

Portability allows spouses to combine their exemption from estate and gift tax. This allows a surviving spouse to use the unused estate tax emption of the deceased spouse.
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Managing Your Estate When Spouse Dies

Death, while inevitable, is not often predictable. This can leave many people financially unprepared if their spouse suddenly dies–especially if the deceased was the one that took care of the household balance sheet.
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Risks of Creating Your Own Estate Plan

Even Consumer Reports suggests working with an experienced estate planning attorney to make sure documents are correctly prepared.
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