How to Talk to Mom and Dad about Creating an Estate Plan

How to Talk to Mom and Dad about Creating an Estate Plan Conversations about death and dying are rarely fun. Most people avoid them because they invoke feelings about our inevitable demise. Broaching this subject can be particularly difficult for parents and their adult children. Adult children may avoid bringing up the topic because they […]

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Estate Tax Returns—Not as Scary as They Sound

Estate Tax Returns—Not as Scary as They Sound When an individual passes away, tax issues are one of the many things that must be considered. For most individuals who pass away, a final income tax return must be filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state (if the particular state also taxes income) to […]

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Deeper Dive into Advance Healthcare Directives in Uncertain Times

Deeper Dive into Advance Healthcare Directives in Uncertain Times When it comes to your healthcare, especially during these uncertain times, you should make sure that two estate planning documents in particular are up to date. The first is your healthcare power of attorney, commonly referred to as a healthcare proxy. This document allows you to […]

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Letter of Instruction for Your Estate Plan

Letter of Instruction for Your Estate Plan Whether you are starting from scratch or have an estate plan in place a letter of instruction (LOI) is an important part of any comprehensive plan. A letter of instruction can help your loved ones manage important information about you. A LOI conveys your desires, includes practical information […]

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Estate Planning Strategies to Consider in an Election Year

Estate Planning Strategies to Consider in an Election Year With a push by the Democratic party to return federal estate taxes to their historic norms, taxpayers need to act now before Congress passes legislation that could adversely impact their estates. Currently, the federal estate and gift tax exemption is set at $11.58 million per taxpayer. […]

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Staying Home and Safe With Your Loved Ones

Staying Home and Safe With Your Loved Ones Now especially, it is crucial to be prepared if you or someone in your family gets so sick they can’t make decisions about health care or finances. Banks, insurance companies, and medical providers will generally not follow what another person says about what you need, not without […]

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Medicare to Cover More Telehealth Services

Medicare to Cover More Telehealth Services In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that it has increased access to Medicare telehealth services. This means that Medicare beneficiaries can receive more benefits from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. The terms “telehealth” and […]

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The Importance of Planning for the Unexpected

The Importance of Planning for the Unexpected  The sudden rise of the coronavirus, COVID-19, has left many unprepared and confused. There are numerous reports of shortages of antibacterial hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and even toilet paper. While we can’t predict when something like COVID-19 might strike, we can take steps to prepare for an unexpected […]

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