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December 07, 2011

National Lottery

Winning the national lottery is a fantasy for most people. Americans spend billions of dollars in hopes of matching lucky numbers or revealing winnings on scratch off tickets. They dream of all the things they will buy and investments they will make.

Americans often refer to the national lottery when speaking of games like Mega Millions and Powerball. Lottery winnings are amassed from people purchasing lottery tickets across the nation. Individual states also have their own lottery system with region-specific games.

With national games, lottery winnings can amount to several hundred million. The highest lottery jackpot recorded occurred in January 2011 and amounted to a whopping $380 million paid out through Mega Millions. The highest Powerball winning to be recorded amounted to $340 million.

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November 29, 2011

Lottery Taxes

Lottery taxes are the downside of winning large sums of money or valuable prizes in state and national games. One thing is certain. If you don't pay the IRS the tax man will be knocking on your door. Just ask Richard Hatch, winner of the reality show Survivor.

If you don't pay lottery taxes when they're due, you'll end up owing the IRS even more. They can assess late fees, penalties, and interest that continuously accrues until it reaches maximum level.

The first thing jackpot lottery winners should do is talk to a financial planner or tax accountant. They could also arrange a meeting with the IRS. The point is to get professional help and eliminate the risk of making costly mistakes.

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March 25, 2011

Trustee

Trustee references a person or entity in charge of managing assets protected through a trust. Trustees act as fiduciary for beneficiaries and are responsible for making solid financial decisions for their greater good.

Trustee also references the person in charge of managing personal and corporate bankruptcies. Bankruptcy trustees are appointed through the Department of Justice and responsible for managing court ordered sale of assets under Chapter 7 and distributing payments to creditors under Chapter 13.

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May 24, 2009

Probated

The term, probated, refers to estates held in probate. This process is used to determine the value of assets owned by a person who has died and validate their last Will. An estate administrator is designated within the Will and is responsible for overseeing the estate and handling numerous duties.

Strategies exist to prevent estates from being probated. These measures must be taken prior to death. Most are quite simple and can be accomplished without the assistance of an estate planner. Others require the execution of legal documents and require the services of a probate attorney.

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February 05, 2009

Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust

An irrevocable life insurance trust is a useful tool for your estate planning arsenal. Not only does a life insurance trust exclude death benefits from estate taxation, it also keeps life insurance proceeds from undergoing the probate process.

Upon establishment of an irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT), your life insurance policy is held inside the trust. A contract is used to administer the policy and assigned benefits for designated beneficiaries. Although the life insurance policy cannot be changed once the ILIT is established, the owner retains control over how beneficiaries will receive their benefits.

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November 21, 2008

Estate Planning Attorney

Hiring an estate planning attorney is a crucial part of developing a plan for what happens to your assets and personal belongings in the event of your death. When people die without executing a Last Will and Testament or arranging a living trust, everything they own is placed into probate.

An estate planning attorney can help you avoid probate by implementing irrevocable life insurance trusts, living trusts, and assigning payable-on-death and transfer-on-death beneficiaries. The probate process can take several months to several years to settle. Without implementing estate planning procedures, all your worldly possessions will be distributed to heirs according to probate laws.

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