Celebrity Death Match
Just because they're rich and famous doesn't mean they set it up in a way to pass it on to the next generation. Take Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is always especially tragic when anyone dies leaving young children. His tragic death also emphasizes the importance of continuing to examine... »
Avoid 529-Plan Pitfalls
A 529 Plan is an education savings plan operated by a state or educational institution designed to help families set aside funds for future college costs. When college time comes, parents expect to be able to tap into their savings for the use it was intended, but beware! You... »
March Brain Teaser
Each of these puzzles represents a common saying or expression. Can you figure out what they are? STANDS 0_23456789 MEREPEAT o er t o GR 12" AVE faredce cotaxme no ways it ways eeeeeeeeeec you cont ol r poFISHnd 13579 AZ ch poorri Y Y guy guy   Scroll down for the answers! STANDS 0_23456789 Noone understands MEREPEAT Repeat after me   o er t o Painless operation GR 12" AVE One foot in... »
Reminder: Enjoy Life. 45 Tips On How.
I am not usually prone to forwarding or listing schmaltzy things, but this was touching and a good reminder to enjoy life .... Especially when my practice involves helping clients prepare for crisis! Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio. "To celebrate growing older,... »
Is Bitcoin a Fad or the Future?
What is Bitcoin?  Bitcoin is virtual money.  Over the past year the term has been frequently used and has gone from a wacky science project to mainstream currency.  What exactly is a Bitcoin?  What is it good for?  What does the future hold for online currency? One thing is... »
Explosive New Law in Estates with Firearms-The SAFE Act of 2013
You've been nominated as an Executor in a will but not appointed yet.  Or, worse yet, a person dies without a will and you may or may not be appointed as the Administrator.  The person owns firearms at the time of his or her death.  What's a fiduciary to... »
Planning for Digital Assets--Does Anybody Know Your Passwords?
On any given day, you likely log on to more than a dozen internet sites, each of which require a username and password that only you know.  When you are incapacitated or die, all that password protection safety can create practical difficulties.  It is likely your estate will include... »
Don't Let the High Estate Tax Exemption Fool You. Planning is Still Vital!
With the federal estate tax exemption at a historical high of $5.34 million per person and counting, it is easy to be lulled into a false sense that estate planning is not necessary. From a non-tax perspective, it remains crucial because: Planning ensures that your assets pass to your intended... »
IRS Goes After Michael Jackson Estate
The IRS has filed documents in Tax Court claiming that the Michael Jackson estate owes $702 million in taxes and penalties. When Jackson died in 2009, the executors of his estate claimed that his estate had a very low valuation because Jackson's popularity had significantly declined.  The executors valued... »
Love and Office - Valentine's Day + President's Day
Since Valentine’s Day and President’s Day coincide, here are some romantic facts about our forefathers:  In 1842, Lincoln married Mary Todd, a woman who was to make his domestic life “a burning, scorching hell” as “terrible as death and as gloomy as the grave.”  And he was seriously courting two... »
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