Newsletter – June 2010

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In this Issue
Think You Don’t Have A Will? You do!
The bad news is that seven out of ten Americans don’t have any real plan for the distribution of their belongings or the guardianship of their minor children when they die.
Hiring Summer Help? Tax Breaks and Rules to Keep in Mind
Summer is here and that means many employers are hiring high school and college students for seasonal positions or internships.
Learn the Basics of Medicare
Older Americans are generally eligible for Medicare to help cover medical expenses.
Are Wills for Everyone?
Many people believe, for various reasons, that they do not need a will. But how valid are the more common reasons for not preparing a will?

Welcome to your first e-Newsletter. Our new e-Newsletter provides us with an exciting way to communicate insightful articles, industry specific news, and developments within our firm. We are confident the articles and announcements included in our e-Newsletter will become a valuable and respected source of information for you.

In this Issue

  • Think You Don’t Have A Will? You do! The bad news is that seven out of ten Americans don’t have any real plan for the distribution of their belongings or the guardianship of their minor children when they die.
  • Hiring Summer Help? Tax Breaks and Rules to Keep in Mind Summer is here and that means many employers are hiring high school and college students for seasonal positions or internships.
  • Learn the Basics of Medicare Older Americans are generally eligible for Medicare to help cover medical expenses.
  • Are Wills for Everyone? Many people believe, for various reasons, that they do not need a will. But how valid are the more common reasons for not preparing a will?

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You can’t take it with you . . .

iStock_000002162440XSmallGiving gifts during your lifetime can be an important part of your overall estate plan. While often used to provide for and protect family members, friends, and organizations, lifetime gifting allows you to enjoy the results of your gift while still alive, pay for education or medical needs of others, and fulfil charitable and altruistic inclinations. Also, gifting can provide for a smooth transition of a small or family-owned business to family members.

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Estate Tax Repeal – Fact and Fiction

iStock_000004891591XSmall“Save family farms and small businesses -repeal the death tax!” With an election looming, candidates once again dust off the estate tax issue (spun as “death tax” for emotional appeal). Unfortunately, the rhetoric doesn’t stand up to the facts.

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The Truth About Living Trusts

iStock_000004547072XSmallA slick salesman offers a living trust for just a few thousand dollars that will reduce taxes, avoid probate, save time and money, and avoid creditors. It almost seems too good to be true! Beware – it may be. Real benefits of these “trust factories” (often non-attorneys) often fail to live up to the claims.

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Saving for College – 529 Plans

As the air chills and kids head back to school, thoughts turn to college plans – and for the parents, college costs. Last year, the average cost of a four-year public college increased 6.6% to $12,127, and 5.7% to $29,026 for a private four-year college. Congress, attempting to help parents save for their children’s education, enacted tax code section 529 creating the 529 plan.

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Estate Planning for Non-Married Couples Part II – Advanced Planning Techniques

Earlier, we discussed essential components of estate planning emphasizing an extra measure of protection for non-traditional couples. When a will contest appears likely or additional tax planning is needed, however, more advance planning techniques are advised.

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Estate Planning for Non-Married Couples Part I – The Essentials

The loss of a life partner can be devastating, regardless of marital status and sexual orientation, but the grief is compounded for most non-married couples whose relationship is not legally recognized. In illness, the partner is often shut out of the decision making process during incapacity, and even denied visitation.

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A Resolution Worth Keeping: Your Estate plan

The New Year is a great time to reflect on accomplishments and future plans. If you resolve to get your finances in order, an estate plan is essential to an overall financial plan. Unfortunately, seven in ten people never create a will or estate plan. Every adult should have a will, advance medical directives including a living will, and a durable power of attorney. If you don’t – you should!

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An Estate Planning Checklist

Whether professionally prepared or done yourself, a comprehensive estate plan is composed of a number of important elements – a single omission can have serious consequences for those left behind. A properly planned and executed estate plan can provide comfort for your family during a difficult time and prevent unnecessary stress.

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Think you don’t have a will? You do!

Think you don’t have a will? You do – the state intestate provisions. These are the default the state imposes on those you leave behind should you fail to make other arrangements.

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