The nature of estate planning is that it is truly an ongoing process. It's prudent to review and periodically update plans in light of numerous factors. Health, family changes, and changes in related laws are a few of the most common reasons you may want to update your plan. A recent law, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019, includes significant changes that could have an impact on your estate plan. It is therefore very important that existing documents ... [Continue Reading]
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In late December, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law. As a result, now is an ideal time to revisit retirement and wealth distribution plans to ensure they are in alignment with the new rules, and explore the opportunities created by these changes to help you further establish your legacy. Because the SECURE Act also impacts trusts that are named beneficiaries, now is also an excellent time to reexamine your estate plan. Below is our ... [Continue Reading]
Estate tax laws continually change, making it important to review your estate plan periodically. Working alongside a Carlson Capital Management tax professional will help you understand how the new laws will impact your estate and its beneficiaries, as well as your financial position today. Federal Level: Higher Exemptions and PortabilityConsider the new, higher lifetime estate exemptions: Only individuals with taxable estates greater than $11,400,000 and estates of married couples greater ... [Continue Reading]
Estate planning includes the process of documenting our intentions so that they are known after we pass away. Done well, the process is straight-forward, and the outcomes align with one's original vision. Not done well, or ignored, the process can be quite difficult, time consuming, and leave heirs with complicated situations to sort out. As Cheryl Munk of the Wall Street Journal highlights in, "Haven't Updated your Estate Plan in a While? It's time," 52% of children report that they haven’t had ... [Continue Reading]
Co-Authored by Katy Vermeer Estate planning is one of the key components of the integrative wealth management process. However, for many people, absent major life changes, drafting or updating estate documents is a process they may only consider every five to ten years. We recommend, however, that clients consider the following five key related items on a more frequent basis: Beneficiary Designations Beneficiary designations are a very important part of one’s broader estate plan because ... [Continue Reading]