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The Pros and Cons of Probate

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In estate planning circles, the word “probate” often comes with a starkly negative connotation. Indeed, for many people —especially those with larger estates —financial planners recommend trying to keep property out of probate whenever possible. That being said, the probate system was ultimately established to protect the property of the deceased and his/her heirs, and…

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How to Choose the Right Agent for Your Incapacity Plan

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A common misconception is that estate planning equates to death planning. But planning for what happens after you die is only one piece of the estate planning puzzle. It is just as important to make a plan for what happens if you become mentally incapacitated. What Happens Without an Incapacity Plan? Without a comprehensive incapacity…

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How a Community Property Trust Could Save You From Heavy Taxation Down the Road

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When it comes to your family’s legacy, every dollar you can save from tax collection counts. One way to keep your assets out of the hands of the IRS is the formation of community property trusts. How does a community property trust (CPT) work? CPTs save you money on taxes by adjusting or “stepping up”…

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