David Lerner Associates : Estate Planning
A Guide to Estate Planning
Do you have an estate plan? A basic estate plan is an important financial document for everyone to have, whether you think you need one or not, and here's why.
Money Lessons for Women
Gender roles in today's society have shifted dramatically from a time when little girls grew up hoping to find a good man who could take care of them financially.
Financial Planning for When You Are Gone
Death is certain for all of us. The sad truth is that not enough of us take a moment to consider what will happen when we are gone. In fact, 55% of Americans pass away without a will or an estate plan.
September is National Life Insurance Awareness Month
September is National Life Insurance Awareness Month. In the past many families have viewed life insurance primarily as a way to pay for funeral expenses but it's become much more than that today. Now it's seen as an integral part of estate planning.
Estate Planning Essential Documents
According to the American Bar Association, more than half of Americans pass away without a will or an estate plan. If you consider the age when a person should be giving serious thought to these things, 62% of Americans aged 45-54, and an even higher percentage of women that age have not drafted wills. Here is a brief overview of the types of documents that are essential to any estate plan, and the reasons why.
Death and Debt
The death of a spouse is heartbreaking and something that no one really wants to think about. Unfortunately, it is something that needs to be considered and a plan put in place to ease the major adjustment in one's life. The surviving spouse faces more than just overwhelming emotions - he or she may also face the challenge of handling a loved one's outstanding debts.
Power of Attorney Tips
None of us likes to think about the possibility of something happening that might prevent us from managing our own finances, but it does happen. If you are ill, incapacitated, or just out of the country, you might need someone else to manage your money for a while.
Estate Planning Basics
Do you have an estate plan? A basic estate plan is an important financial document for everyone to have, whether you think you need one or not, and here's why - With few exceptions, everyone has an estate, even the young child with a bank account in his name that his grandparents set up, or the coming-of-age girl who received a gold necklace for her 16th birthday.
Brexit - Stay Calm and Carry On
Britain's vote to leave the European Union seems like it should be a strictly local affair - not something to make Americans nervous. But in fact, it may well have something to do with us.
David Lerner Associates: National Healthcare Decision Day
April 16th was National Healthcare Decision Day. While most people don't always like to talk about what would happen if they were hospitalized and unable to speak for themselves, we're glad this day exists because it brings awareness to the importance of planning for the future.
David Lerner Associates: Estate Planning Essentials
An effective and smart estate plan is necessary if you want to make sure your assets are inherited by the intended parties, no matter the size of your estate. If done right, your plan can limit the taxes owed by the beneficiary. Here are some helpful tips.
Advanced Estate Planning Concepts for Women
On average, women live longer than men, so they will probably have a much longer retirement period that they will have to fund. It also means that if you're married, you'll likely inherit your spouse's estate and have the last word about the final disposition of all of the assets you've accumulated during your marriage.
David Lerner Associates; Probate Pros and Cons
Estate planning is not a subject most people like to think about, but it's something everyone should consider.
David Lerner Associates: Trust Basics
With a trust you can control how your assets are distributed once you've passed on or perhaps help you plan for the possibility of becoming incapacitated. The power of a trust lies in its versatility--there's a type of trust for almost every situation.
David Lerner Associates: Analyzing Estate Planning and Income Tax Basis
Income tax basis may be essential when deciding whether to make gifts now or transfer real estate at your death. The income tax basis for the person receiving the property depends upon whether the transfer is by gift or at death.
David Lerner Associates: Charitable Deduction
The charitable deduction allows you to take off the value of property you offer to charity from your property and might minimize any federal gift and estate tax that might be owed. Charitable gifting allows you to satisfy your personal philanthropic desires and satisfy your estate planning objectives.
David Lerner Associates: Women and Estate Planning Basics
When it comes to estate planning, women have unique concerns. Women live an average of 4.8 years longer than men, so there's a greater chance that they'll need their assets to last longer, and they have a greater need to plan for incapacity. It also means that women need to take responsibility for their own estate planning.
David Lerner Associates: Important Documents You Need for Estate Planning
There are five estate planning documents you may need, despite your age, health, or wealth. Read more about those documents and important estate planning tips.
David Lerner Associates: The difference between a power of attorney and a durable power of attorney
What are the differences between power of attorney and a durable power of attorney? Find out here.
David Lerner Associates: Women and Estate Planning Basics
When it concerns estate planning females have unique concerns. The fact is that women live approximately 4.8 years longer than men.
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