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One of the basic principles behind proper estate planning is to help ensure that decedents’ hard-earned wealth passes to their heirs in the most tax-efficient manner, which often means minimizing exposure to federal estate and gift taxes. While there are a variety of trust vehicles and other strategies individuals may use to achieve this goal, […]

Selling a company you put your heart and soul into building can provide significant rewards, including financial security for the remainder of your lifetime and potentially your heirs. Nevertheless, achieving that aim and reaping the full potential of the proceeds from a business sale requires careful reviews of where your business currently fits within your […]

As college graduates embark on their professional careers, they should consider the following savings strategies to help prepare them for a sound financial future. Like most things in life, the earlier you start planning and preparing, the more likely you will achieve your goals. Employer-Sponsored Savings Plans While retirement may seem like a long way […]

Ultra-wealthy families who take advantage of the historically high estate and gift tax exclusions included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) received welcomed news from the IRS in 2019. Taxpayers who rely on the very generous but temporary provisions of the new law to make gifts during tax years 2018 through 2025 will […]

The inflation adjustments to various provisions of the tax code increase significantly in 2023 due partly to rising consumer prices and persistent inflation. It is important to consider these changes as you engage in estate planning and preparing for tax efficiency this year and in the years ahead. In some instances, you could find yourself […]

Not only is it true that death and taxes are the only certainties in life, but one’s death can come with significant tax liabilities. The key to minimizing these so-called “death taxes” is to put tax efficient estate plans into place while you are alive. The term “death tax” refers to money the federal government […]

After gathering the documents needed to file annual federal income tax returns, take a moment to review all of your financial accounts before filing those papers away in a drawer. Most importantly, look at how those accounts are titled, who is named as beneficiaries and consider if that information matches with your current life circumstances […]

When people die, the settling of their estates and the closing of their financial affairs begin. The entire process can be overwhelmingly stressful for grieving family members and quite time-consuming, depending on the size of the decedent’s estate and the plans put in place before their passing. Following are five critical steps surviving spouses and […]

People spend a significant amount of time building their wealth and carefully creating trusts and mapping out an estate plan to protect and preserve their assets for future generations. Yet, when it comes time to naming a trustee to carry out their wishes under the terms of a trust, many people stumble. Making the right […]

Trusts can play a critical role helping individuals protect their wealth and ensure the efficient and private transfer of assets to beneficiaries after their passing. However, because the depth of breadth of different trust instruments are so vast, individuals must carefully structure their trusts in such a way that meets their unique needs and goals. […]