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Having That Awkward Conversation – Family Inheritance

UBS Wealth Management published a report revealing how badly families are talking about inheritance. The report indicates that it’s easier to have a will (83 percent of respondents had one) than discuss the will with children (about half have had a conversation about the will), and it’s even harder to tell children what the assets are in the will (only 34 percent of respondents discussed the will in detail). The issue of not discussing family inheritance spans the economic spectrum including both wealthy and not-so-wealthy people, according to the New York Times. The UBS report showed that only 55 percent...

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Robert Redford Battling New York Over Massive Tax Bill From 2005 TV Sale

One of the most irritating things the IRS can do is seek back taxes for taxes you already paid. That is essentially what Robert Redford claimed happened when he sold a 20 percent stake in the Sundance Channel back in 2005. Mr. Redford was recently assessed a $1.6 million tax bill by the state of New York for the sale. Mr. Redford already paid taxes on the 2005 sale to the state of Utah. Mr. Redford argues in his lawsuit against the tax bill that Sundance Channel had no property, payroll, or receipts in New York and therefore owed no...

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Under 40? Top 5 Tips for Getting a Jump on Estate Planning.

I know what you’re probably thinking – “I’m not even 40. Why do I need to even think about planning my estate? Isn’t that something I do when I get my AARP card?” Answer: It's never too early to start planning your estate, especially if you have a family or close loved ones. None of us have a crystal ball showing the future. You may think you have decades ahead of you, but the truth is you only have the present. It is important to remember estate planning should involve disability planning too, not just planning for death. The sooner...

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Don’t Let a Random Doctor Decide Your Fate – Establishing an Individualized Disability Panel to Determine If You Are Disabled

It’s an unfortunate fact of life – when we get older, we’re at a greater risk of having our mental faculties suddenly decline to the point of being declared mentally incapacitated. This cruel fact applies to everyone, even those of considerable financial means. The heartbreaking end to Casey Kasem’s life was an example. Another example is the continuing legal battle over the mental capacity of Donald Sterling, the soon-to-be-former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball franchise. The capacity of Mr. Sterling is the center of a contentious legal battle. Two neurologists determined that Mr. Sterling was mentally incapacitated...

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Burial Rites – Add To Your Health Care Proxy, Will, or Both?

Settling the finances, documents and other important affairs of a deceased loved one can be extremely difficult, even overwhelming. Adding the stress of trying to properly plan a funeral or memorial service just makes the situation even more difficult. This is why you should consider adding burial rites and directives for your memorial service (if you want one) in your will. Obviously, your family and friends want to honor you, but they may not agree on how to best do this. Do not leave it up to them to figure out what’s best. Make their lives somewhat less stressful during...

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