Month: November 2015

No Estate Tax, No Worries?

No Estate Tax, No Worries?

Will I Owe Estate Tax?

You may have read recently a great deal about the debate regarding estate tax making it appear as if avoiding estate tax is the most important reason why individuals and couples need to prioritize estate planning. However, this is simply not the case. In fact, with the current federal estate tax exemption of $10.68 million for married couples and $5.43 million for individuals, estate tax is not an issue for the majority of individuals who need to begin the estate planning process.

Top Reasons Why You Need an Estate Plan

If avoiding estate tax is not a priority for you in the estate planning process, one or more of the following common reasons for estate planning probably apply in your case. …

Can You Do More with Estate Planning than Control the Transfer of Property?

Can You Do More with Estate Planning than Control the Transfer of Property?Most people assume the main purpose for a will and other estate documents is to control the transfer of property from the deceased person to his or her heirs; however, this is not the case. Estate planning allows you to control much more than the transfer of property. One of the most recent examples can be found in the Estate of Robin Williams.

In his will, Williams restricted the use of his image for 25 years after his death. In his estate, Williams left the rights to his name, signature, photograph, and likeness to the Windfall Foundation. The foundation is a charitable organization that Williams had established prior to his death. The trust is designed to prevent Williams’ publicity from being exploited after his death — for at least 25 years.

Other famous examples of individuals using their estate to accomplish their final desires in addition to the transfer of property include: …

Including a Business Succession Plan in Estate Planning

Including a Business Succession Plan in Estate PlanningOwning and operating a small business is the dream of many Americans. Through hard work and dedication, this dream comes true for many people. Unfortunately, if the small business owner becomes incapacitated or dies without a Business Succession Plan, all of the hard work by the small business owner could be lost. Having a Business Succession Plan as part of your estate plan ensures that the business you worked so hard to build will continue to operate even though you are unable to manage the business.

 

Important Reasons Why You Need a Business Succession Plan

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