As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, it has many people thinking about their mortality and how their families will cope if the unthinkable happens. If those thoughts have been swirling through your mind, you can ease your worries by taking a close look at your estate plan — or creating one if you are not already
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At the trial court involving the validity of a will, a judge ruled that the decedent’s siblings were the rightful heirs. However, the appeals court (In re the Matter of the Estate Of Cecilia Brost) wants clarification on the evidence the court relied on to make that decision. Stepchildren Filed a TEDRA Petition The Trust
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On January 1st, 2020, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act officially went into effect. The legislation, which garnered significant bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, was signed into law by President Trump last month. The law puts sharp new limits on the use of so-called ‘Stretch
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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, passed away after a long battle with health issues in the summer of 2018. Since that time, there have been major questions raised about what will happen with her estate. Initially, it was reported that she died without a will — which raised serious questions about what will happen
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Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a new report on elder financial abuse in the United States. According to the CFPB, the nation’s largest private financial institutions state that they have received massive amounts of elder financial fraud. They report more than $6 billion in elder financial fraud between 2013 and 2017. Even
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Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that taxpayers who make significant gifts now will not be hit with surprise tax penalties after 2025. For those affected by this proposed regulation, this is a major announcement. Before the IRS clarified this point, there was considerable confusion over how the 2017 tax reform law. Known as
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Take advantage of the upcoming National Estate Planning Awareness Week to put your affairs in order Doing so now reduces stress. There are many options available. In 2008, Congress passed a resolution designating the third week of every October as National Estate Planning Awareness Week. This period reminds everyone that the estate plans are easy
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Now that a judge has voided a licensing agreement between the deceased signer and Universal Music Group, estate executors are poised to release some “mind-blowing” material, according to Spotify’s Troy Carter. The pop star “practically lived in a recording studio,” he added. So, it was not surprising to find some high-quality unreleased songs. The release
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