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February 2015 Archives

Consumer Reports Weighs in on DIY Estate Planning

Any time you are looking for solid and unbiased consumer information you know that you can find it in Consumer Reports magazine. The folks there do a fine job of analyzing products and services in a very fair and balanced way. They then pass along their findings to the public so that we can proceed with a foundation of useful information before parting with any of our hard-earned money.

Taxes and Inheriting an IRA

It is possible to will one's IRA to a family member or other chosen beneficiary. On receiving the IRA, the beneficiary is able to make withdrawals right away, but there are considerable tax implications for doing so. In fact, those who take money out of an IRA they have inherited will face similar tax issues to those they would face for taking money from their own retirement accounts.

Fees You Can Expect to Pay for a Trust-Based Estate Planning Service

As with all professional services, there are fees associated with creating a trust-based estate plan. Many people with assets will have to use a more comprehensive estate plan that includes a trust. This is because a trust will protect the individual's assets, prevent excessive estate tax and offer a wide variety of strategies for distributing the estate.

Something You Should Know About ILITs

A lot of people have questions about taxes on insurance proceeds. If you are the beneficiary of a life insurance policy you would not be asked to pay Federal income tax on this influx of financial resources. However, this does not mean that there is no cause for concern with regard to taxation as it applies to insurance policies.

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