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National Healthcare Decisions Day Provides Reminder of Key Planning Documents You Need

We have all heard horror stories about family members disagreeing over end-of-life care decisions. This can result in families ending up in protracted court battles while patients are kept alive on life support. All the while, no one really knew what the patient actually wanted. Do not let this happen to you. Provide your loved ones with some relief by planning ahead for your healthcare decisions. On April 16, 2016, organizations throughout the country tried to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning. National Healthcare Decisions Day encourages people to express their wishes regarding healthcare....

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Should You Adopt the Zuckerberg Strategy and “Donate” to an LLC?

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made headlines after announcing that he would be “donating” the bulk of his $45 billion fortune to charity. In some corners, Zuckerberg was derided since his “donation” was to a Limited Liability Company, as opposed to a charitable trust or actual charity, according to the Washington Post. The Zuckerberg-Chan Initiative (the LLC) will receive $45 billion worth of Facebook shares that Mr. Zuckerberg owns. So, in reality, no real charitable donation was made. Though, Zuckerberg has publicly stated that his LLC will focus on important charitable and public causes such as curing disease, advancing...

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November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month

No one wants to think about aging, becoming infirm, or being unable to dress yourself, use the toilet, etc. This is why most surveys show that people would rather ignore long-term care planning rather than tackle the issue head on. This cannot continue. November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month and a spotlight needs to be placed on this incredibly important issue. Long-term care costs have exploded in recent years, and are expected to continue to rise for the foreseeable future. For example, the median annual cost for a private room in a nursing home is projected to cost nearly $130,000 in 10 years,...

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Naming a “Techexecutor” to Manage Your Online Accounts

People who have a Facebook account today could very well have a Facebook account up to the day they die. Facebook has become so engrained in our societal fabric that your online profile is akin to a part of your overall identity. So what happens when you die? Who manages, or takes down, your online identity? Well, Facebook has now given you the power to determine who makes that decision. Let’s call them you “Techexecutor.” Facebook will begin allowing its members to designate what they call a “legacy contact” to manage parts of your Facebook account posthumously, according to the...

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Battle Royal: IRS v. The Estate of Michael Jackson

The King of Pop faced numerous legal challenges during his life, but arguably the biggest battle is taking place after his passing. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is seeking close to $731 million from Michael Jackson’s estate. Yes, you read that number correctly - $731 million. How did the IRS arrive at such a huge tax bill? Well, IRS auditors determined that the value of Mr. Jackson’s estate totaled $1.17 billion. This means his estate qualifies for the top rate of the estate tax – a staggering 40 percent, according to bankrate.com. Therefore, the total tax bill includes $525.6...

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