Key Legal Documents Everyone Facing a Divorce Must Update

A common error after the expense and trauma of a divorce is not updating a variety of key legal and financial documents. You would not believe the number of estate plans and insurance policies that name an ex-spouse as the beneficiary of everything a client owns. Jeff Landers of Bedrock Divorce advisors provides a great summary […]

When Should You Update Your Estate Plan?

We’ve previously highlighted the financial and legal planning issue business owners and doctors feel uninformed about, and provided links to more than half a dozen articles on those areas of concern. Today we continue our examination of those blind spots by addressing a common question: When should I update my estate plan? We’ve previously addressed common estate-planning […]

Doctors Lack Key Financial Planning Info

Recently, I read a 48-page report issued by AMA Insurance on financial preparedness among  physicians, based on 2,500 respondents. Consensus: Many doctors feel  they are under-planned and undereducated about personal finance issues. The good news? We’ve already covered and continue to address many of these issues for you here and at www.PhysiciansPractice.com, where this article […]

What Could Bravo’s ‘The Queen of Versailles’ have to do with Asset Protection?

Quite a bit actually as it shows the stupidity of reckless excess spending, the importance of having cash (even for the rich) and the failure of most contemporary estate planners and business lawyers to plan ahead and think defensively, yes even the super smart ones who work only with rich people. – Ike Devji   […]

GUN TRUSTS: Their Value and Use to Gun Owners and Planners

Great informative article by attorney Dennis Brislaw on the use of “Gun Trusts” by lawyers and their clients. A Gun Trust Helps Protect Your Client from “An Accidental Felony” READ IT HERE: http://tinyurl.com/GUNTRUST   We will soon be offering these to our clients as well for a variety of reasons including:  1. A large number […]

Thinking about gifting wealth before year end? See these articles on 2012 estate tax changes.

  BUILDING THE RIGHT TRUST Incentives, credits and deductions within the U.S. tax system are currently in the spotlight, and most advisors are aware that unprecedented exemptions for gift and estate taxes are set to expire on December 31. Less clear, however, is how families can manage their assets to capitalize on the credits before […]

Hidden Assets, Buried Gold, Stuffed Safes and Other Asset Protection and Estate Plans FAILS

The article below is by Attorney Mike King, and shares some detail on the legal issues surrounding intestate property and especially that which is “hidden” and undisclosed. My expectation is that this will be a common story for the next twenty years plus as many people who are currently accumulating and “hiding” assets like gold, jewels, […]

Protection for Your Most Valuable Asset…Your Children

We always try to to be clear about the difference between two related sciences, Estate Planning (a.k.a. DEATH planning, what happens to my “stuff” and family when I die) and Asset Protection planning (a..k.a. LIFE planning how do I make sure my “stuff” lasts my whole life and is preserved for my family).  At the end of […]

An Improperly Cancelled or Lapsed Life Insurance Policy Can Lead to Taxable Income

A recent Tax Court decision, Estate of Feder, T.C. No. 1628-10, T.C. Memo. 2012-10, January 10, 2012, shows advisors that the Tax Court had no trouble ruling that the taxpayer, Yulia Feder, received taxable income on the lapse of her old Northwestern Mutual life insurance policy despite the fact that she did not receive any cash from the […]