Being diagnosed with a life-changing or life-threatening illness is frightening. In addition to receiving a scary diagnosis, all the meetings with physicians, researching treatment options, having family discussions, and decision making can quickly become overwhelming and exhausting. The seemingly endless medical and insurance paperwork turns into a full-time job – at a time when you need all your strength and energy to focus on battling your illness. With the hope of taking some of the […]Continue Reading
Are You in Control of Your Life Choices?
It is a common misconception that only the very wealthy need an estate plan. But the reality is most people can benefit from one. It puts you in control of what happens not only after death, but also during your life if you become incapacitated. With an Estate Plan You choose who acts on your behalf when you are unable You make decisions regarding life support You choose who makes medical decisions You choose how […]Continue Reading
Have a Disabled Family Member? Consider a Special Needs Trust
If your family includes someone with a disability who qualifies for government benefits such as Medicaid or SSI, you may want to consider a special needs trust as a part of your estate plan. The government typically only provides for essential needs, so your loved one receiving these benefits is likely to be at or even below the poverty level. Some of our clients supplement what the government provides through gifts, payments of rent, etc., […]Continue Reading
Attention Entrepreneurs: Your Estate Plan May Be Outdated
Nine out of ten successful entrepreneurs have an estate plan, according to a recent survey. Unfortunately, 85% of those estate plans are over five years old. Due to changing tax laws, that means most of these entrepreneurs have estate plans that are out of date. That could mean missed tax savings or unforeseen tax liabilities. To ensure you are not one of those nine entrepreneurs, we recommend scheduling an estate planning conference with our office. […]Continue Reading
Who Should Receive a Copy of My Estate Plan?
After clients have executed all their estate planning documents, a couple of the most common questions we receive are: “Where do I keep them?” and “Should I give a copy of all of this to my family?” These seem like innocuous questions, but there are important issues to consider. Where do I keep my estate planning documents? When you leave our office after signing your documents, you will have a folder containing two originals of […]Continue Reading
IRS Provides Help for Those Impacted by Hurricane Irma
As we work to recover from Hurricane Irma, the IRS and Congress have provided some help in the form of extensions for filing returns and paying taxes as well as significant tax relief measures that recently became law. Among other things, these provisions include: New employment-related tax credits, Increased and more widely available tax deductions for personal casualty losses, Favorable changes to the rules regarding early withdrawals from retirement plans, An increase in the amount […]Continue Reading