Articles Posted in Estate Planning

Power of attorney, living wills & end of life
The Law Office of Jeffrey L. Weinstein

End-of-life issues can be extremely complex, and many people avoid making decisions about how such issues will be handled because it can be an uncomfortable and difficult subject to address. However, it is crucial that you do spend time thinking about how you want your final days to play out, both for your own personal…

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Talk about dying
The Law Office of Jeffrey L. Weinstein

We’ve mentioned it before but many people delay estate planning because they don’t want to talk about death, their own specifically. But it has to be done. By not discussing it you can leave much uneeded stress for those you leave behind. Getting your estate plans in order doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are…

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Non-grantor trusts to be regulated by IRS
The Law Office of Jeffrey L. Weinstein

The IRS and Treasury Department have joined forces to issue regulation regarding non-grantor trusts which have been used by wealthy people to avoid the property tax deduction cap in the new tax reform law. In Notice 2018-61, the IRS and Treasury say they plan to release regulations to provide clarification on the effect of section…

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How much is rich?
The Law Office of Jeffrey L. Weinstein

More people are more rich than at any time in our history. The number of 1 percenters has exploded over the last twenty years. But how much money do you need to have to be considered rich? Bloomberg News has given us an answer: $25 million. And that’s basically “welfare” rich According to Bloomberg, the…

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Three common estate planning mistakes
The Law Office of Jeffrey L. Weinstein

Even if you think you have your estate issues all planned out, quite often there are things you might have accidentally left out. We came up with five common mistakes that many people make, even the most conscientious planners can make. Beneficiaries So, ten tears ago you added your first born son as a beneficiary…

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Are reverse mortgages worth it?
The Law Office of Jeffrey L. Weinstein

You’ve seen the commercials with Robert Wagner extolling the wonders of a reverse mortgage. Is he trying to sell you a bill of goods? Is a reverse mortgage worth it? That depends. What Exactly Is a Reverse Mortgage? Reverse mortgages are available to homeowners who are 62 and older. To be eligible, you must live…

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Costly estate planning mistakes
The Law Office of Jeffrey L. Weinstein

Many people think estate planning means drawing up a will an the rest will take care of itself. That’s a common error people make. Here are a few others. Procrastination Surveys have found that not only do 50% of people with children not have a will, many don’t have any other estate planning documents drawn…

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Estate planning doesn’t have to be intimidating
The Law Office of Jeffrey L. Weinstein

Estate planning is necessary, but many people find the prospect intimidating. Quoted by laduenews.com, Meredith Murphy, an attorney with Smith Amundsen’s Estate and Business Planning Practice Group in Missouri said, “Estate planning allows an individual to manage and direct where assets are to be distributed upon their death, but [it] also lets an individual plan…

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Is estate planning still needed?
The Law Office of Jeffrey L. Weinstein

Last year Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 which pretty much killed the aptly named death tax. It didn’t actually kill it just exempted those who leave less than $11 million to their heirs. Since the idea of no leaving a federal tax burden to their heirs, many people are questioning…

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Sudden death and family finances
The Law Office of Jeffrey L. Weinstein

A recent piece on the CNBC website addresses an important issue that many people tend to not think about: the impact of a sudden death on family finances. Writer Carmen Reinicke uses the celebrity suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain as her jumping off point to discuss what attorneys, financial advisors and therapists say…

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