Archives for: Trusts

New Type of Trust Protects Assets for Florida Heirs

Even though the federal estate tax is affecting a smaller percentage of people every year, those with larger amounts of assets are more likely to suffer the ill effects of this particular fee. New federal estate tax rules protect individuals estates that are valued at $5.2 5 million or less, and couples’ estates that are valued at less than $10.5 million. However, when estates passed those threshold, the estate tax rises to an overwhelming 40 percent. Now, a new type of legal protection has become available for those with large estates, allowing for additional shielding from the massive 40 percent tax.

This new estate administration tool is known as the grantor retained annuity trust. This [..]

Keeping Your Kids From Overspending Their Inheritance

You have saved up a significant amount of money for your Florida heirs, but you are concerned about their ability to spend their money wisely. For those who stand to inherit property, good financial foresight is a must. That is why about one in three benefactors is drafting an estate plan that will reduce the likelihood of financial mismanagement by their beneficiaries. Benefactors who want to make sure that their estate is handled wisely can take some early action to guarantee success.

First, be sure to communicate your inheritance plan to your beneficiaries. The first time your child or heir learns about an inheritance should not be at the reading of your will; rather, this [..]