Friday, March 07, 2014
What to Do After a Loved One Passes Away
The loss of a loved one is a difficult time, often made more stressful when one has to handle the affairs of the deceased. This may be a great undertaking or rather minimal work, depending upon the level of estate planning done prior to death.Read more . . .
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Should You Disinherit a Child?
Most parents choose to leave their estates equally to their children. But sometimes, parents intentionally choose to not leave anything to a child. There may be a legitimate reason: one child has been more financially successful than the others; not wanting a special needs child to lose government benefits; or not wanting to leave an inheritance to an irresponsible or drug-dependent child. Sometimes a parent wants to disinherit a child who is estranged from the family, or to use disinheritance as a way to get even and have the last word.Read more . . .
Friday, February 21, 2014
Young and Ill, without Advance Directives
When you are a child, your parents serve as your decision makers. They have ultimate say in where you go to school, what extracurricular activities you partake in and where, and how you should be treated in the event of a medical emergency. While most parents continue to play a huge role in their children’s lives long after they reach adulthood, they lose legal decision-making authority on that 18th birthday.Read more . . .
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
8 Things to Consider When Selecting a Caregiver for Your Senior Parent
As a child of a senior citizen, you are faced with many choices in helping to care for your parent. You want the very best care for your mother or father, but you also have to take into consideration your personal needs, family obligations and finances.Read more . . .
Friday, February 07, 2014
Senior Citizens Comprise Growing Demographic of Bankruptcy Filers
It’s called your “golden years” but for many seniors and baby boomers, there is no gold and retirement savings are too often insufficient to maintain even basic living standards of retirees. In fact, a recent study by the University of Michigan found that baby boomers are the fastest growing age group filing for bankruptcy. And even for those who have not yet filed for bankruptcy, a lack of retirement savings greatly troubles many who face their final years with fear and uncertainty.Read more . . .
Monday, February 03, 2014
Upcoming RWay Member Workshop-Trustee Training
Trustee Training-The Trust Process
Saturday, February 15, 2014 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
UW Agricultural Research Station - 8502 Mineral Point Road, Verona, 53593
Located at: 8502 Mineral Point Road, Verona, 53593
Who should attend: Anyone who may serve as a trustee or successor trustee for a living trust. This includes the surviving spouse, adult children or others you have named in your trust who want to understand how a trust works. Read more . . .
Friday, January 31, 2014
Who Should Be Your Successor Trustee?
If you have a revocable living trust, you probably named yourself as trustee so you can continue to manage your own financial affairs, but eventually someone will need to step in for you when you are no longer able to act due to incapacity or after your death. The Successor Trustee plays an important role in the effective execution of your estate plan.Read more . . .
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
How to Choose a Trustee
When you establish a trust, you name someone to be the trustee. A trustee basically does what you do right now with your financial affairs—collect income, pay bills and taxes, save and invest for the future, buy and sell assets, provide for your loved ones, keep accurate records and generally keep things organized and in good order.Read more . . .
Friday, January 17, 2014
Protecting Your Legacy with Estate Tax Planning
You spend your whole life building your legacy but sadly, that is not always enough. Without careful estate tax planning, much of it could be lost to taxes or misdirected. While a will or living trust is essential for dividing your estate as you wish, an estate tax plan ensures you pass on as much of your legacy as possible.Read more . . .
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Joint Bank Account and Medicaid Eligibility
Like most governmental benefit programs, there are many myths surrounding Medicaid and eligibility for benefits. One of the most common myths is the belief that only 50% of the funds in a jointly-owned bank account will be considered an asset for the purposes of calculating Medicaid eligibility.Read more . . .
Friday, January 03, 2014
Estate Planning: The Medicaid Asset Protection Trust
The irrevocable Medicaid Asset Protection Trust has proven to be a highly effective estate planning tool for many older Americans. There are many factors to consider when deciding whether a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust is right for you and your family. This brief overview is designed to give you a starting point for discussions with your loved ones and legal counsel.Read more . . .
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