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Death Tax: Repeal or Replace?

grim-reaper4There is much discussion these days about income tax reform.  The tax code has historically been completely reformed about every thirty years and the last reform was about thirty years ago.

There has also been significant speculation as to whether the Federal Estate (a/k/a the Death Tax) is on the chopping block.  Will repeal happen?  When will repeal happen?

Given the dysfunction that is Washington these days, all anyone can do is speculate.  So let me speculate…

Replace?  The short version is that Donald Trump Continue reading Death Tax: Repeal or Replace?

Having a Baby? You need a Will.

If you have a child or are expecting your first, its time to pony up and get a Will.  This is your responsibility as a parent.

Personal Guardian.  If something happens to you, you can name a guardian for your child in a Will.  A guardian is the individual who makes decisions for your child such as what school and church to attend, who cares for the child, where the child lives.  Typically the personal guardian raises your child in your absence.  If you do not have a Will or fail to name a personal guardian in your Will, then a Court has no guidance as to who it should be. It is not hard to imagine that the choice a court might would make you roll over in your grave.  Why leave it to chance?

Financial Guardian. If your child is under 18, then the child is legally unable to manage their own property.  If the child inherits something, then the child must have a financial guardian appointed by a court to manage their inheritance.  The financial guardian has to ask the Court’s permission to access trust property and must have an attorney.  In other words, it is expensive and avoidable.

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