6 advanced estate planning strategies

With a new decade upon us and some significant changes to our tax code, there are a number of advanced estate planning strategies that can minimize income and estate taxes and provide asset protection. Leaving a legacy A family Limited Liability Company (or LLC) is often overlooked as an estate planning tool used to steward wealth transfers to multiple generations while minimizing estate taxes. An LLC is a business entity that provides asset protection and a more flexible tax and … Continued

Major Changes to Estate Planning with Retirement Accounts | Beverly, MA Patch

  If you have a substantial IRA or 401(k), your estate planning may be obsolete due to the new SECURE Act.   The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act), signed into law on December 20, 2019, drastically changes the rules for inherited IRAs. Prior to the SECURE Act, if you owned an IRA (or 401(k), etc.) at your death, then your beneficiaries could take required minimum distributions (RMDs) over their own life expectancy. This was commonly … Continued

Estate planning for the other 99%

  Estate planning has always included much more than simply strategizing about how to minimize estate taxes. Estate planning is needed to address a multitude of other nontax matters,including: Custody of minor children upon the death of their parents, as well as custody of their assets; Charitable goals and objectives; How assets will be administered for the benefit of a surviving spouse; Determination of which heirs will receive estate assets after the second death; Structuring of asset distributions to these … Continued

Simple Move Can Boost Your Estate-Tax Exemption – Barron’s

  Listen up, financial advisors: There’s a simple way to help wealthy clients shield more of their estates from taxes, yet it’s often overlooked. Newsletter Sign-up That’s according to InvestmentNews, which looks at what’s known as “portability” for married couples. This strategy allows a surviving spouse to inherit their deceased spouse’s estate-tax exemption, which – thanks to the 2017 tax law – currently stands at $11.4 million for individuals. That means the surviving spouse can pass down $22.8 million to … Continued

Estate Planning and Administration – Be Prepared for the Year That Follows the Death of a Loved One – Lexology

  The loss of a loved one is a traumatic event and it can be among the most challenging of times to make important financial decisions. Proactive planning with an attorney and financial planner can significantly lessen the burden. Here are a few things to consider. Be Prepared for the Immediate. Even if you have prepared, following a death, there are several steps that generally require immediate attention. These include (1) funeral arrangements, (2) guardianship of minors (3) liquidity needs … Continued