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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Many people think that estate planning consists largely of drafting documents and keeping them in safe places. Attorneys do spend the lion’s share of their time on such important matters, because these documents are your only voice once you die. But there’s also a very practical component to the work we do. Hopefully, this post
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Most people spend years building up a family-owned business, largely because they want to have something tangible to pass on to their children. In addition to a solid financial foundation, succession plans must also include a solid legal foundation. Here are some ways to develop just such a plan. Set Clear Goals and Objectives Typically,
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Most people either do not have a will or have outdated wills that do not meet their current needs. Some people have the opposite problem. They may have drawn up wills when they first got married, forgot about them, and then made other wills later in life. This issue often creates protracted and expensive probate
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No one likes thinking about death, but unless some decisions are made before that time, emotion could get in the way of what you want to happen. Even worse, the state or a strange doctor could make important decisions instead of your family. Some of the documents we offer have immediate benefits as well. Many
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Trusts are some of the most important, and easiest to use, estate planning documents in Renton. These flexible instruments can take effect while the grantor (person who creates the trust) is still alive, or they can be part of a will. Trusts often offer significant tax advantages as well, and they often shield assets from
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By a vote of 51-49, the Republican majority in the United States Senate passed an overhaul of the federal tax code. The U.S. House of Representatives already passed its own version of “tax reform.” With the Senate advancing its own version of the legislation, the chances of sweeping tax reform becoming law have increased dramatically.
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