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Second Marriage Estate Planning - How Do I Protect My Spouse Without Disinheriting My Kids?

Second marriages can be complicated, especially if you have children from your first marriage. You want to protect your current spouse, but also want to make sure your children inherit assets at some point. If you leave everything to your current spouse, there is the possibility that they can change their beneficiaries to someone other than your children in the future, leaving your children without an inheritance. Below, we will discuss two ways to pass on your assets in a second marriage situation.

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The Estate Tax May Apply to You in 2022 and Beyond

Many people aren’t aware of what an estate tax is. Most of us are familiar with other forms of taxes. Estate taxes are taxes levied at your death. United States citizens currently receive a lifetime exemption from estate taxes that is high - $11.7M in 2021. – While that may seem like a lot, estate taxes are levied on any assets a person owned or controlled at death, including small businesses, life insurance proceeds, their house, cash and investments, 401(k), other retirement accounts…etc. There are deductions for debt, final expenses such as a funeral, and certain charitable bequests or other giving.

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The Step-Up Loophole and the STEP Act

On April 28th President Biden pitched his American Families Plan to select group of members of Congress. Near the end of the proposal was a section entitled “End capital income tax breaks and other loopholes for the very top.” The first part of this section covered changes to capital gains tax rates that we covered in a previous blog article. The second part covered closing the “step-up” loophole (see text below) which is what we’re going to cover in this week’s blog.

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Financial Planning for your 50s - What to Consider

The financial planning considerations when entering your 50s can be quite extensive. Between retirement rapidly approaching, life changes, and estate planning issues, there's a lot on the to-do list! For many, this is their last full decade before retirement. It is one of the last chances to save, plan, and make sure you are on track to meeting your long-term financial planning goals. While there are many topics to review, some of the big ones are: - Overall retirement planning considerations - Big life changes - Reviewing your insurance - Updating and reviewing your estate plan

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On Medicare? - You May Need One More Form For A Complete Estate Plan

As financial planners we are always stressing the importance of a complete estate plan. This goes beyond just having a will. You'll also need a power of attorney for financial affairs and healthcare, if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. In some cases, a trust is another key component. But, if you're on Medicare, the government requires an additional form to provide information about your coverage to others.

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Financial Planning Considerations During COVID-19

Health and finances are likely the only two topics on most people's minds these days. How can you keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy through this pandemic? And what should you do with your investments during this recent market drop? Managing your investments prudently and resisting the urge to sell stocks while the market is down are certainly important financial planning considerations. However, as financial advisors, we wanted to highlight other crucial financial planning areas that often don't get as much attention in the news media.

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What To Do If You Buy a Home Before Saying "I Do"

Buying a home is an enormous financial decision. How much should you put for a down payment? How long should the loan be for? What is the interest rate? The list goes on and on. A home purchase is a complex financial decision for married couples, and more so for unmarried couples. If you're in a situation where you're considering buying a home before saying "I do", here are a few considerations before you pull the trigger.

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LGBTQ+ IRA Beneficiary Planning After the SECURE Act

Since the SECURE Act became law in December 2019, there has been a lot of talk in the press that the “Stretch IRA era is over”. The “Stretch” referring to the ability of the beneficiary of an IRA to stretch out Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from the IRA over the beneficiary’s lifetime. It is true that the SECURE Act has changed the rules for some beneficiaries of IRAs who now have only 10 years to fully distribute the funds inside inherited IRAs. But there are notable exceptions that impact LGBTQ estate planning when it comes to choosing beneficiaries.

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SECURE Act Signed Into Law- What This Might Mean For You

After much deliberation in Congress, the SECURE Act has made its way through and is likely to be signed into law this week. For those who missed it, we wrote a post back in June about the proposed changes to the retirement saving landscape. Now that the law has been finalized, we wanted to highlight some of the key changes and how it might impact you and your retirement savings.

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Retirement Help or Hindrance? What to Know About the SECURE Act

In case you haven't heard, a new bill has passed through the House of Representatives called the SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement). The Act attempts to tackle parts of the retirement savings crisis. Like most bills that come out of Congress, there are good parts and bad. How will this impact you? Here are the top things we think you should know about this bill.

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Top 5 Things To Do When Looking For An Estate Planning Attorney

No one likes talking about death. But as Ben Franklin said, the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Although we may not enjoy talking about it, this is an incredibly crucial part of anyone's financial plan. But where do you start? After you have some sort of idea of what your wishes will be, it is crucial that you find a qualified estate planning attorney to set those wishes into action.

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How To Protect Your Retirement

While retirement is a chance to begin a new chapter, that does not mean it comes without financial risks. One of the most troubling is the potential for needing long-term care. According to longtermcare.gov an individual turning age 65 has almost a 70% chance of needing some form of long-term care service at some point in their life. With the costs of healthcare continually on the rise, what have you done to prepare to ensure you and your family are taken care of?

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