Leaving Your Friends a Few Drinks

Sometimes it is the littlest things that you do in your estate plan that create the most lasting memories. This might be the case in England where one man left his drinking buddies money to have drinks on him.   Roger Brown of Swansea, England had visited the same pub for over 40 years and […]

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Reasons to Repeal the Estate Tax

Repealing the estate tax is a controversial subject both inside and outside of Washington D.C. Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives did vote to repeal the tax, but the matter must still meet Senate and Presidential approval. With the U.S. House of Representatives recently voting to repeal the estate tax, the issue now will go […]

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Heir Alleged to Have Blown $3.5M

Many trusts are designed so that a beneficiary receives trust income during his or her lifetime with the remainder of the trust going to someone else after the heir passes away. These trusts often cause disputes between the beneficiary and the remainderman, illustrated in a high profile New York case. Irving Bender became the beneficiary […]

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House Acts on Tax Bills

The U.S. House of Representatives has recently taken up a pair of related bills concerning the Gift and Estate Taxes. Both bills have been brought before the full house for a vote.

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Estate Planning Mistakes That Will Cost You

The largest costs associated with estate administration come from attempting to fix mistakes that were made in the planning process. For this reason, people should be aware of the more common estate planning mistakes so that they can be avoided.

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What If an Astronaut Dies in Space?

Now that NASA is making plans for manned spaceflights to Mars and even establishing permanent human colonies on the planet, they have to decide what to do if an astronaut dies in route to or on Mars.

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Federal Estate Tax Repeal on the Horizon?

When President Obama proposed increasing the capital gains tax at death, he probably did not foresee that the proposal would lead to a renewed effort to repeal the estate tax. However, it has done exactly that.

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Nursing Home Costs Continue to Rise

People who create their own estate plans without the assistance of an attorney often think that an estate plan only covers who gets their assets after they pass away. However, a good estate plan also considers how much money a person needs during their lifetime and ensures that those costs are covered without eating unnecessarily […]

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Transferring Real Estate without Probate

Many people who wish to have their estate avoid the probate process hit a wall when it comes to real estate. However, there are three widely used ways that real estate can be easily transferred after you pass away that do not involve probate.

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