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Estate Planning

Rent Or Buy? It’s A Matter Of Perspective

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The buy or lease question is a common dilemma, whether you’re asking as a homeowner, or for your business. For perspective, think of the big picture. In either case, you’re paying for the exclusive use of an item over a set period of time. With that as a point of reference, the difference boils down…

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Get Familiar With These Estate Planning Documents

Estate Planning

Basic estate planning begins with completing documents that allow your last wishes to be carried out as you choose. But are you familiar with the documents you’ll need? Here’s a list of common estate planning documents and their purpose. Advance Directive. Your instructions for end-of-life and quality of life wishes regarding medical treatments. Share your…

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Speak Up About Your Finances

Speak Up About Your Finances

How often do you take time to talk about your finances? Once a year while preparing your tax return? Only when a financial emergency pops up? Or are money matters a topic you avoid entirely? If discussing financial goals makes you uncomfortable, you’re certainly not alone. Surveys by a national financial company found that money…

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Portability Can Simplify Estate Planning

Final IRS regulations will help married couples pass more estate assets to heirs without creating complicated trusts. The “portability” rules allow surviving spouses to retain the unused portion of a deceased husband or wife’s estate exemption – if the rules are followed. Here’s what you need to know. The estate tax exemption for 2015 is…

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Planning Your Estate to Reflect Your Intentions

If you own assets that you’d like to leave to a loved one, you have an estate. But without a plan, your state of residence will choose your heir — not necessarily the result you intended. How can you ensure your intentions will be realized? Start by understanding the basics of estate taxes. How estate…

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Plan Today for Future Long-Term Care Costs

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 70% of people turning age 65 will require long-term care, such as assistance with basic personal activities during their lifetimes. With costs of this care ranging from $6,000 to $10,000 a month or more, planning to address that risk is a smart move. One…

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