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Potential Problems with Beneficiary Designations

Many clients use beneficiary designations, and for good reason. Some significant assets, including life insurance policies, IRAs, retirement plans and even bank accounts, allow a beneficiary to be named. It's free, it's easy, and, when the owner dies, these assets are designed to be paid directly to the individual(s) named as beneficiary, outside of probate. But that is not always what happens. For example: If your beneficiary is incapacitated when you die, the court will probably have to take control of the funds. That's because most life insurance companies and other financial institutions will not knowingly pay to an incompetent person; they may insist on court supervision. If you name

Financial Smarts Peak at 50, Here is How to Protect Your Older Self

A recent study conducted by Texas Tech University concluded that the ability to make smart financial decisions peaks at age 50. This decline was observed in both men and women, making both sexes equally vulnerable to financial fraud as they age. 4 Tips for Protecting Your Finances From Scams, Shams and Schemes as You Age In "4 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Money From Scammers (and Your Future Self)" (Time.com), Liz Weston points out that fraud victims age 65 and older lost an average of $30,000, and one in ten lost more than $100,000. Now that I have your attention, here are the four tips that Ms. Weston offers for protecting your finances as you age or those of you with an elderly parent

Inflation rates for 2016: How will this affect you and your loved ones?

The Internal Revenue Service has released the official inflation adjustments that will affect 2016 federal reporting for estate taxes, gift taxes, generation-skipping transfer taxes, and estate and trust income taxes. These changes will affect the way your accountant and your attorney help you plan as 2015 comes to an end. 2016 Federal Estate Tax Exemption In 2016 the estate tax exemption will be $5,450,000. This is an increase of $20,000 over the 2015 exemption and a total increase of $1,950,000 since 2009. The maximum federal estate tax rate remains unchanged at 40%. What this means is that a person can die in 2016 with up to $5,450,000 of assets before his or her estate will need to

Tennessee and Other States Ending Death Tax

In 2015, there are still 20 U.S. jurisdictions that collect a death tax at the state level: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, and Washington. Even if you don't live in one of these states, the state estate tax may affect you in the future since many people move from time to time. It may affect your beneficiaries, because they may live or move to one of these states. The following states will see changes to their state death taxes in 2016: While Connecticut's $2,000,000 estate tax exemption will not change in 2016, le

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