Estate Planning

Estate Planning

Prepare Your Finances for an Emergency Handoff

Confusion and costly mistakes can easily occur if you don’t plan ahead for someone to take over handling your finances in an emergency.

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Pros and Cons of Electronic Wills

Electronic Wills 101. Some long-established rules governing wills are changing. The result could be increased convenience—or an invalid will.

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How Your Trust Can Avoid Taxes by Changing States

You can completely avoid state income tax on a trust’s income based on guidelines from a recent US Supreme Court ruling. Here’s how.

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Estate Planning That Benefits from Low Interest Rates

A time of low interest rates can be great for shifting assets to a younger generation.

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How to Protect Your Assets Against Creditors

Be careful how you design a trust to bullet-proof your assets against creditors.

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How to Head Off Costly Battles Over Wills and Trusts

By taking these actions before you die, it’s often possible to avoid conflicts over wills and trusts after you die.

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Plan for the Death You Want

You know how you want your end of life to be managed. Make sure everyone else knows, too—so your wishes will be honored

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Estate Planning for Families with Stepchildren

The presence of stepchildren can lead to possible conflicts of interest in estate planning. Here’s how to handle the possible problems.

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The New Rules to Protect Your Online Accounts After You Die

The laws on controlling digital accounts after someone dies have been quietly changing. Here's what you need to know.

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Why You Should Review Your Estate Plan Now

Given the frequent changes in tax laws, now may be the right time to conduct a thorough review of your estate plan. Here’s how.

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The Right Way to Leave a Bequest for the Care of Your Pet

Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do to provide money for the care of your pet after you die.

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Writing Your Will Yourself? Avoid These Terrible Mistakes

If you decide to prepare your own will with the help of an online service, you need to be aware of eight common mistakes to avoid.

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Avoid Family Feuds Over Who Inherits Your Collectibles

When collectibles are divided up among heirs, a family can be torn apart over who gets what. An estate planner tells how to avoid this terrible outcome.

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Here’s Who You Should Appoint as Your Executor or Trustee—and Who to Definitely Not Appoint

Defaulting to the easiest or most obvious choice for your executor or trustee can have bad consequences—for your estate and your family.

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Year-End Estate Planning Moves to Make Before December 31

Now’s the time to review your existing estate plan to see whether changes in the law or in your situation mean you should take action.