June 2011 Monthly Archive
June 29, 2011
Family inheritance is a prized possession that should be protected using estate planning strategies. Financial assets and valuable property can be transferred to direct lineage heirs and future generations through Wills and Trusts, as well as gifted on an annual basis.
Family inheritance is often a touchy subject, but it is important to openly discuss plans with family members prior to death. Many people feel there will be too much conflict if relatives know what they will receive ahead of time. The truth is family disputes over inheritance can be minimized by planning ahead.
Engaging in estate planning isn't difficult or expensive. All that is required is to take inventory of personal assets, financial portfolios, and titled property such as motor vehicles and real estate. Estate planners can advise whether estates can be sufficiently protected by a last will and testament or if a trust is better suited.
June 22, 2011 | Comments: 1
When family disputes over property arise it's smart to attempt resolution as quickly as possible. Irreparable damage and division within the family can occur if disagreements escalate. If necessary, call in a professional mediator, religious clergy, or lawyer to defuse the situation and begin negotiation.
Unfortunately, family disputes over property are common occurrence. The most prevalent source of disagreements stem from divorce and inheritance gifts bequeathed from deceased relatives. Death and divorce are highly charged emotional events that can cause people to behave out of character.
June 14, 2011
People often dream of inherited wealth and fantasize about all the things they would do with the money. Most people talk about buying a mansion, cruising around the world in a yacht, taking lavish vacations, and engaging in shop-a-thons. While it can be fun to indulge in material things, the smarter thing to do is make investments to expand wealth.
Inherited wealth usually arrives in the form of inheritance from a deceased relative. However, large sums of money can also be awarded through lawsuits, financial investments, real estate investing, and lottery winnings.
June 08, 2011
The Florida Hardest Hit Fund offers good news to Floridians struggling to meet mortgage obligations. This program is available through the Florida Housing Finance Corporation to help distressed homeowners facing foreclosure.
Two programs are available through Florida Hardest-Hit Fund. The Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program (UMAP) offers financial assistance to Floridians who are unemployed, underemployed, or incurred a reduction in income.
The Mortgage Loan Reinstatement Program (MLRP) offers funds to Florida homeowners to help them cure mortgage arrears on their first mortgage
June 02, 2011
The Short Sale Act of 2011 is back on the agenda for review by the House Committee on Financial Services. Previously, submitted as H.R. 6133: Prompt Decision for Qualification of Short Sale Act of 2010 this bill was bypassed by Congress last year, but expected to pass legislation later this year.
If passed, the Short Sale Act of 2011 will require mortgage lenders to respond to borrowers request for short sale approval within 45 days of written request. If the banks fail to respond within the time period the application will be considered approved.