Category Archives: Estate Planning

Here’s What a Trust Is and Why You Might Need One

The legal rights of property ownership and control rest with the trustee, who then has the responsibility of managing the property as directed by the grantor in the trust document for the ultimate benefit of the trust beneficiary.

A trust can be a living trust, which takes effect during the lifetime of the grantor, or it can be a testamentary trust, which is created by the will and does not become operative until death.

In addition, a trust can be a revocable trust, meaning that the grantor retains the right to terminate the trust during lifetime and recover the trust assets, or it can be an irrevocable trust, meaning that the grantor cannot change or terminate the trust or recover assets transferred to the trust.

A Powerful Estate-Planning Tool for Married Couples

As with much of the economy—the talk of fiscal cliffs and all—there is uncertainly about taxation in 2013. I wanted to let you know about a planning strategy before time runs out. The marital deduction (IRC Sections 2056 and 2523) eliminates both the federal estate and gift tax on transfers of property between a husband […]

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