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- Cost-effective Probate Alternatives When a Person Dies Without a Will
If your loved one passed away without a will, Texas law provides several options for settling the affairs of his or her estate. This article explains several of these options.
- Initial Steps to Take When a Loved One Dies
When a loved one dies, the last thing that you want to do is to think about business. Having a checklist available during this stressful time can be very helpful and can help you remain calm while you are healing.
- If I Have Only a Small Estate, Do I Need More Than a Will to Meet My Estate Planning Needs?
The overall purpose of estate planning involves more than just passing your assets to your heirs at death.
- Don't Gamble With Gift Tax Returns
Beginning in 2011, the IRS started cracking down on taxpayers who did not file gift tax returns after making gifts that required reporting.
- Think You Got Game? Try Being like Santa. How Imitating Santa Can Help You Save Taxes This Year
Paying tax is painful. But reading about it shouldn't be.
- New Jersey Estate & Inheritance Tax: Reducing the Size of the Estate Through Gifting
New Jersey is one of only a few states that impose both an inheritance tax and a state estate tax. The inheritance tax applies when someone who lived in New Jersey, or owned property there, leaves property to someone who isn’t a close relative. The tax rate depends on how closely the inheritors and deceased person were related.
- New Jersey Estate Tax: The Uninvited Guest
New Jersey collects both an inheritance tax and its own estate tax, separate from the federal estate tax.
- Top 5 Things to Consider Adding to an Estate Plan
For most, estate planning is not an enjoyable experience. For many it is a recognition of their own mortality. For others, it is simply an exercise in annoyance and frustration as one tries to navigate the complicated twists and turns of tax laws, healthcare regulations, trust laws, etc. To make things simpler, the following is a list of the top 5 things you should consider adding to your estate plan.
- Trust Fund Baby? Navigating the Inheritance Talk with Your Children
A concern of many parents with a sizeable estate is that their children will inherit the assets before they are emotionally mature to handle it. Further, many parents of sizeable wealth either do not want to give their children a sense of entitlement or simply do not want to discuss their wealth with their children.
- Fiscal Cliff Crisis Avoided? Estate Taxes in 2013
In 2012, with the dreaded “Fiscal Cliff” looming, many were worried about the inaction that would cause the estate tax exemption level to fall to $1 million. However, in the first two days of the new year, Congress finally passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) which makes permanent the $5 million exemption as well as portability.