Planning for 2021: Top Five

The turn of the calendar is a great time to consider whether your estate plan needs updating. With frequent changes in the law, the estate tax exemption, and your own portfolio, even recent plans should be reviewed. Here is a list of the top five items that you should consider when coming in for your Planning for 2021: Top Five

What Happens to Your Social Security Number When You Die?

Even if you have an up-to-date estate plan, there are some logistical quirks to be aware of whenever someone passes away.  Clients frequently ask if they need to notify the Social Security Administration of the loved one’s passing.  The short answer is “no.” 

What is a Living Probate?

Most people believe that an estate plan consists of one legal document, the Will, which is more completely known as a Last Will and Testament. However, your Will doesn’t become effective until you pass away. In fact, a Will doesn’t have any legal effect whatsoever while you are alive. This causes some estate planning lawyers What is a Living Probate?

Estate and Gift Tax Exemption Increased to $11.2 Million

What a difference two decades makes. In 1998, the federal estate and gift tax lifetime exemption was only $600,000. With a home, a modest IRA, and a life insurance policy, many middle class Americans had estates subject to estate taxes in the late 1990s.