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October 2013 Archives

Choose the right type of trust

As a Florida resident who is thinking about establishing a trust, you may already know that both revocable and irrevocable trusts exist. Although their names give some clues about the nature of these trusts, they offer significantly different benefits, and they are also subject to radically different tax structures. Today, we will discuss how to choose the right kind of trust for your comprehensive estate plan.

Handling second marriages in your estate plan

Older Floridians with palatial homes understand the importance of estate planning for their beneficiaries who stand to inherit property. Still, when the family home is up for grabs, especially after a second marriage, family squabbles can turn into full-on legal battles if the estate plan is not airtight. For those Floridians who own large homes that could become a contested asset, a comprehensive plan can prevent these financial nightmares.

What's the problem with probate?

The word "probate" generally strikes fear into the hearts of estate executors and planners alike - but have you ever thought about why probate makes you nervous? This useful process can actually have its place in an estate plan, even though it has a bad reputation among many experts in the field. Be sure you understand probate and its implications before making estate plan decisions.

Where is the inheritance money?

Just 25 percent of Americans under 60 believe they will inherit property from their parents or other family members, but that may be unfounded. Despite the enthusiasm behind the "spending my kids' inheritance" movement, a majority of parents say they are socking money away for their children. In fact, two out of every three individuals over the age of 60 say they are saving money for their heirs. Even though parents may not have indicated that they intend to hand down assets, most Americans are planning on leaving a financial legacy behind.