Garn–St Germain Act: What You Need to Know
It is important to let your estate planning attorney know if you own real estate that is subject to a mortgage. Most mortgages include due-on-sale clauses stating that, upon the transfer of the mortgaged property, the entire amount of the debt owed on the mortgage is immediately due and payable. Under the Garn–St Germain Depository […]
Balancing Act: What Matters Most to You?
When people begin getting their affairs in order through the creation of an estate plan, they often face a delicate balancing act between saving on income and estate taxes, protecting their hard-earned savings from their ultimate beneficiaries’ creditors, and providing maximum benefit to their loved ones. Finding the right balance requires careful consideration of the […]
Why Do People Give to Charities at End of Year?
With a draft bill from the House Ways and Means Committee on the table, all signs suggest that higher income taxes could be right around the corner. How they will affect charitable giving remains to be seen.
Do You have to Go through Probate when Someone Dies?
At some point in your life, you may find yourself an administrator, a beneficiary or a creditor of a probate estate. You may even want this information for planning your own estate.
How to Begin Talking About Estate Plans
Few families, of course, enjoy talking about money. Introduce the idea of estate plans and inheritance—who gets what and why—and conversations often never get off the ground.