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Why you should revisit your estate plan

If you have already have an estate plan in place, that’s great. It means you have taken the time out of your busy life to plan for something we would all rather not think about: our eventual death. However, if it has been a few years since you put your estate plan in place, it might be time to revisit it.

Estate planning in the shadow of the Abbey, part 2: estate taxes

In the first part of this post, we noted how easy it can be to overlook even the most basic estate planning steps. Even for a lawyer, such as the character of Matthew Crawley on "Downton Abbey," getting a proper will in place proved to be not at all straightforward.

Estate plan basics, part 2: the role of life insurance

In the first part of this post on the basics of estate planning, we focused on the documents that people should put in place to provide structure and guidance for health care decisions. That guidance and structure is crucial in situations when someone is no longer able to make those decisions for themselves due to cognitive or other impairments.

Beneficiary designations: updating important

In recent years, Congressional action on esate taxes has focused on raising the exemption amount. The changes have increased the amount of assets that can be excluded from the federal estate tax. Individuals can now pass along up to $5.25 million without tax liability. For married couples, the amount is a hefty $10.5 million.

Estate planning and business succession: a case of family conflict

Succession planning is important for any organization. But it is particularly important for small businesses - especially it is a family-run small business. In a small business owned or operated by a family, changes in the family structure can directly affect the business itself.

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