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Using a Prenuptial Agreement as an Estate Planning Tool

A prenuptial agreement is a kind of contract entered into by two people with upcoming nuptials. The agreement often addresses property rights prior to entering into marriage. While prenuptial agreements can accomplish much more than people might first consider, one often understated, but potentially highly important, benefit of a prenuptial agreement can be what it…

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What Is an Advance Directive?

Did you know that there is much more to estate planning than wills and planning for death? Estate planning also involves planning for the unforeseeable and unpredictable things life can throw our way. For instance, it involves planning for incapacitation. No one is immune from the unpredictable and planning for incapacitation can not only bring…

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What Is the SECURE Act?

This year, a very important piece of legislation was signed into law. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (the SECURE Act) was passed by the House of Representatives in July of 2019. It was later approved by the Senate in December of the same year as part of a year-end…

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Using a 529 Savings Plan in Your Estate Plan

Have you ever heard of a 529 savings plan? If so, you probably heard that it can be a great way to save for a child’s or a grandchild’s educational expenses. The name for this tax-advantaged investment vehicle comes from the Internal Revenue Code section that authorizes them. 529 savings plan provides a way for…

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What Is an ABLE Account?

Do you have a loved one with special needs? If so, you may be worried about how to provide for them. You see, leaving or giving money to a person with special needs can be complicated. This is mainly due to the fact that many special needs individuals rely on the continued receipt of government…

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What Is a Special Needs Trust?

Every family has unique estate planning needs because every family is different. Families come with different structures, different dynamics, and different needs for each member. Do you have a family member with special needs? If so, you may have worried about how to provide for them or how to give them a gift or leave…

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How to Choose Your Personal Representative

Estate planning can provide a range of benefits, including protecting a future you want for yourself, your family, and your loved ones. It will involve the selection of trusted individual that will be tasked with important roles in safeguarding your wishes. For instance, the personal representative of your estate will play a critical part in…

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