Category Archives: Tax Law

Estate Planning for Special Assets: Family Business, Out of State Assets, Companion Animals, Trustee Duties

When we have previously discussed estate planning, we’ve primarily focused on situations that involve the basics of how to handle real estate or liquid assets like stocks and bonds, so your beneficiaries receive as much as possible of your estate … Continue reading

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How to Select a Good Tax Preparer to Help You File Your 2011 Tax Return

We do not normally recommend that you should find a new tax preparer, unless you want to upgrade from unpaid assistance to an experienced professional. The primary reason to maintain a relationship with a tax preparer is that the longer one person prepares your annual … Continue reading

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Living Trust And Estate Tax Laws May Change. Will Your Estate Plan Still Be Appropriate?

We have recently written about living trusts, and their impact on estate taxes, but we feel the need to address this topic again, because of the uncertainly concerning the current federal estate tax laws, which expire at the end of … Continue reading

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Special Needs Trusts for Children and Elderly Require Careful Estate Planning and Long-Term Financial Considerations

As a part of our recent focus on trusts and estates, the topic of our most recent radio program on Saturday afternoon was Special Needs Trusts, which are becoming a much more frequent part of family estate plans. We covered … Continue reading

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HARP and Other Options for Underwater and Troubled Real Estate in Your Estate Planning

This past week brought a bit of relief to a portion of the millions of American homeowners whose home mortgages are “underwater” when the White House announced revisions to the Housing Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). The changes to HARP, which … Continue reading

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