September 13, 2011
Wills provide a legal record of written directives regarding how estate assets should be distributed upon death. While it's not a task people enjoy doing, writing a Will is an important element that shouldn't be avoided.
Wills are vital documents for individuals wanting to take care of their family after death. This written contract makes the job of estate settlement much easier for estate executors.
Every estate that passes through probate needs an estate executor to take care of final matters. The Will is used to name the person who will assume this role.
September 05, 2011
Even though an inherited Roth IRA is subject to tax levies when transferred to beneficiaries, it can be a smart approach for keeping financial assets out of probate. Account holders pay taxes when they make deposits into the IRA, but fund might be subjected to estate tax if they exceed allowable exemptions.
When heirs acquire an inherited Roth IRA it's best to retain the services of a tax accountant. Rules surrounding estate tax has changed over the past three years, with additional changes planned for 2012.
August 30, 2011
Have you ever inherited anything from a deceased relative? If so, you know it's a bittersweet experience. Inheritance gifts hold many sentiments. They can alter your life if consisting of large sums of money or valuable property such as real estate or jewels.
Inherited gifts can be a blessing or a curse. As a probate liquidator, I've watched many families engage in inheritance wars over a deceased relative's belongings. I've also seen the disappointment on people's faces when they discover everything their relative owned has to be sold to pay off outstanding debts or past due taxes.
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.
April 19, 2011
When family disputes over inheritance arise it can quickly escalate into irreparable damage. Emotions are already running high when a loved one dies. Incidents that could easily be worked out under normal circumstances are magnified during periods of grief.
Family disputes over inheritance often occur when a relative dies without executing a Will. However, when a person dies intestate the estate must be settled according to state probate laws. Heirs can file claims against the estate if they have evidence they are entitled to specific property. They can fight all day over who should receive what, but if a Will is not in place there isn't much they can do about distribution of property.
December 09, 2010
Inheritence property consists of real property, cash, and personal belongings that have been gifted to others via a Will, trust, or probate law. Anything that belonged to the decedent must be transferred to a surviving spouse, family members, friends, institutes of education, or charitable organizations.
The most common way to gift inheritence property is through a last will and testament or trust. Estates not protected by a trust must undergo the process of probate. This is required in all states to ensure estates are settled according to state probate laws.
January 11, 2010 | Comments: 1
In the United States, inheritance law is governed by the Uniform Probate Code. In place since 1969, UPC is a statute that outlines what happens to assets, debts, and financial affairs of a deceased person. Currently 18 states have adopted the Uniform Probate Code in its entirety, while the remaining 32 states have adopted parts of it.
Although inheritance law varies by state, the majority adhere to similar processes. First, an estate executor must be appointed. Oftentimes the executor is appointed through the decedent's last will. If no will exists, or the appointed estate executor does not want to accept responsibility, an Administrator will be appointed through probate court.
January 07, 2010
Federal estate tax is slated to be abolished in January 2010, but Senate Democrats are likely to pass a temporary measure early in the year to reinstate death tax and make it retroactive to January 1st.
At present, estate tax is assessed at the rate of 45-percent for inheritances valued above $3.5 million for individuals and $7 million for couples. Smaller estates are exempt from taxation. However, as the estate tax hangs in limbo, beneficiaries may soon find they will be charged a capital gains tax on inheritance property gifted through decedent's last will and testament.