How to Jumpstart Your Clients’ Year-End Planning

Don’t Wait Until the Busy Holiday Season As summer fades in the rear-view mirror, it’s a good time to give yourself a reality check: Clients never have enough time to meet for year-end planning during the busy holiday season (and you might not, either), which is why you should be proactive and meet with them now — even if it seems too early to do…

What if you don’t die?

Why Ignoring the Importance of Incapacity Planning Can Have Serious Consequences It’s a common misconception that all your efforts to create a comprehensive estate plan are focused on what happens after your death. Estate planning does not equate to death planning. There are several ways in which your estate plan can drastically impact you and your loved ones’ quality of life well before you pass…

Do you really need a trust?

Although many people equate “estate planning” with having a will, there are many advantages to having a trust as the centerpiece of your estate plan. While there are other estate planning tools (such as joint tenancy, transfer on death, beneficiary designations, to name a few), only a trust provides comprehensive management of your property in the event you can’t make financial decisions for yourself –…

Have You Considered a Dynasty Trust for Your Family’s Estate?

Why You Should Think Twice Before Ruling One Out When most people hear the term “dynasty trust,” they assume it’s something for only the wealthiest of families. However, dynasty trusts are not as out of reach as you might think, and can be used by many more families of a greater wealth spectrum than currently use them. Demystifying dynasty trusts Dynasty trusts keep your wealth…

Tools You Can Use to Leave Words of Wisdom to the Next Generation

You come into the world a blank slate, and as you grow, you gain wisdom. You’ve planned your estate to leave physical assets to beneficiaries, so now think about leaving them something that’s just as important but less tangible: the hard-won wisdom you’ve accumulated over your life. Let your family and friends learn from your mistakes, and profit from your successes. Living and Other Trusts…

How a Trust Can Help a Loved One Who Struggles with Addiction

Substance addiction is by no means rare, impacting as many as one in seven Americans. Because of its prevalence, navigating a loved one’s addiction is actually a relatively common topic in everyday life. But you should also consider it when working on your estate planning. Whether the addiction is alcoholism, drug abuse, or behavioral like gambling, we all want our loved ones to be safe…

Does a Dynasty Trust Make Sense for Your Family?

“A dynasty trust can keep your wealth in the family for generations and ensure the legacy you’ve worked so hard to create.” Earlier this year, NBA team owner Gail Miller made headlines when she announced that she was effectively no longer the owner of the Utah Jazz or the Vivint Smart Home Arena. These assets, she said, were being placed into a family trust, therefore raising interest…

If You Are Married, Does Your Estate Plan Properly Cover All Four Critical Phases?

  THE PHASES OF ESTATE PLANNING – Part One For married couples, proper estate planning entails covering four phases. Let’s begin with a discussion about Phase One PHASE ONE – ALIVE AND WELL Many people come to me to discuss estate planning because of one or two main concerns or goals. Such concerns and goals often include:   how to best give their loved ones an…

How to Pick a Trustee, Executor, and Agent Under a Power of Attorney

While the term fiduciary is a legal term with a long history, it very generally means someone who is legally obligated to act in another person’s best interests. Trustees, executors, and agents are all examples of fiduciaries. When you pick trustees, executors, and agents in your estate plan, you’re picking one or more people to make decisions in your and your beneficiaries’ best interests and…

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