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Qualified Domestic Trusts (QDOTs)

A QDOT, or qualified domestic trust, is a special type of trust designed to hold assets for the benefit of non-citizen spouses. Under federal law, non-citizen spouses are not entitled to the same inheritance tax exemptions as citizens, which can result in significant tax liability upon the death of the citizen spouse.

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What is a Spendthrift Trust and Why Would You Use One?

A spendthrift trust is a legal arrangement in which a trustee is appointed to manage the assets of a trust for the benefit of a person who is unable to manage their own finances. This type of trust can be very helpful for people who are prone to overspending or who may have a history of bad financial decisions.

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The Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT)

The December 2017 tax bill temporarily doubled the "basic exclusion amount" for federal estate and gift taxes, from $5 million to $10 million. These figures are indexed for inflation from 2010, so that in 2022, the exclusion amount is $12.06 million, which means that with proper planning a married couple could transfer as much as $24.12 million to their children and grandchildren without incurring estate or gift tax. However, the 2017 measure will "sunset" at the end of 2025, and unless Congress takes further action, the exclusion amount will revert to somewhere between $6 million and $7 million in 2026.

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The Generation-Skipping and Dynasty Trust

While it is natural to think of leaving your estate outright to your children and grandchildren, in many cases it may be better to place your assets into a trust for their benefit, and give an independent trustee the discretion to make or withhold distributions as circumstances might require.

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Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts

If you or your spouse eventually need long-term care, your income and assets will be used to determine whether you qualify under Medicaid, since Medicare, which is available to anyone who turns 65, covers only health care. Nursing home or in-home care services are not covered by Medicare, but by Medicaid.

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DO I NEED A WILL TO PROTECT MY MINOR CHILDREN

Many relatively young people do not want to think about wills.  It raises the eerie question of one’s potential untimely death.  Moreover, many young parents do not have that many assets, or think they don’t, so one might think that it is unnecessary to set out a document distributing their worldly possessions.

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LIFE INSURANCE FOR MINOR CHILDREN

Life insurance is a key part of estate planning for families with young children. Like any part of estate planning, it can be uncomfortable for parents of young children or even older minor children to think about. The idea of life insurance is that you can be assured that your family’s needs are provided for even in the event of your death.

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ESTATE PLANNING IN GEORGIA FOR MINOR CHILDREN

In terms of planning for the needs of their minor children, the guiding star for parents of minor children is meeting the children’s needs in the event of the parents’ untimely death. This raises questions of how will the children’s needs be provided for financially? Bear in mind that in general, minors cannot inherit real property (a house, apartment, or land) or personal property (money or things) until they reach the age of majority (become legal adults).

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ESTATE PLANNING BASICS FOR PLANNING FOR MINOR CHILDREN

This blog article will cover the basics of estate planning for parents with minor children. The primary goal of estate planning is to protect your financial status, the financial status of your family, and your assets. This is often accomplished by using various documents.

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Why Having a Business Succession Plan Is Important

A business is a vital asset. You want to make sure that your interest, or stake, in the business is protected. The last thing you want is to face the unforeseen and become incapacitated and unable to direct your business or transfer it to your loved ones. If you have no succession plan in place, the business could fall into the hands of someone unanticipated.

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