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Estate planning services refer to the process of managing and distributing one's assets and properties after their death, in a way that ensures the smooth transfer of wealth to the intended beneficiaries while minimizing taxes and other expenses. Estate planning services may include drafting legal documents such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, as well as providing guidance and advice on strategies for asset protection and wealth transfer. These services may be provided by lawyers, financial advisors, or other professionals with expertise in estate planning. Effective estate planning can help individuals achieve their long-term financial goals and provide peace of mind for themselves and their loved ones.

Calculating Required Minimum Distribution

What are Required Minimum Distribution Rules for 2023?

Posted on: March 6, 2023 | By: David Parker, Esq.
The SECURE 2.0 Act, which was signed into law in December 2022, changes the RMD rules for retirement savers beginning in 2023.
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Annuity Beneficiaries

What Should I Know About Annuity Beneficiaries?

Posted on: March 2, 2023 | By: David Parker, Esq.
An annuity beneficiary is a person or entity that receives the benefit of an annuity after the death of the annuity owner. Who you choose to be the beneficiary of your annuity depends on several factors, including the type of annuity you own and your financial goals for it.
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How does Portability work?

What Is Portability and When Should I Make a Portability Election?

Posted on: February 28, 2023 | By: David Parker, Esq.
A common financial mistake married farm couples make occurs when the first spouse dies, and the surviving spouse fails to ‘elect portability.’
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Calculating Required Minimum Distribution

Do I Need a Life Insurance Trust?

Posted on: February 27, 2023 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Created to own and control a life insurance policy or policies while the insured is alive, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILITs) are tools that are sometimes recommended by estate and planners.
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Can a Dementia Patient Sign Legal Documents?

Posted on: February 25, 2023 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Families and their loved ones with dementia need to start advance care planning after receiving a diagnosis of dementia. Medical experts and attorneys can help your loved one to be involved in their care planning.
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Can a Revocable Trust Protect Assets from Creditors?

Posted on: February 24, 2023 | By: David Parker, Esq.
With a revocable trust, you are typically both the founder and the trustee. This means that you both create the trust and manage its assets and operations.
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Presley Estate Battle Heating Up

Posted on: February 23, 2023 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Priscilla Presley believes she should be in charge of daughter Lisa Marie Presley's estate. However, a legal document filed seven years ago suggests that wasn't what the singer-songwriter wanted should she die.
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What is a survivorship clause ?

Do You Need a Revocable or an Irrevocable Trust?

Posted on: February 22, 2023 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Trusts are excellent vehicles for probate avoidance, ease of transition of funds to one’s beneficiaries upon death, asset protection planning and estate tax planning.
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What doesn't Medicare cover.

You Need a Properly Prepared Last Will

Posted on: February 21, 2023 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Although executing a will can seem overwhelming, when the document is signed, you can rest assured that you have given clear instructions to those who will have to handle your estate after your death.
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What doesn't Medicare cover.

Does Will Have an Expiration Date?

Posted on: February 16, 2023 | By: David Parker, Esq.
If I have a current will that is about seven to 10 years old, do I have to write up a new will or can I edit the current will?
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