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Parents Want Their Children To Be Taken Care Of After They Die

There are many legal strategies involved in estate planning, including wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, and health care documents. New clients often say that they do not have an estate plan. Most people are surprised to learn that they actually do have a plan. In the absence of legal planning

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Retirement Is Not Tax-Free

What many people don’t realize that when they start drawing funds from those 401(k)s, they’re taxed. One of the reasons the accounts are so popular, is that a traditional 401(k) is funded from pre-tax paychecks, so the money deposited into the plan and any gains on the investment are not taxed until the money is

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Dementia and Advanced Directive

The Roanoke Times advises in the recent article “What to do in absence of advance directive” to talk to an experienced elder care attorney to coordinate the necessary legal issues, when dementia may be at issue with a parent or other loved one. Next, ask your physician for a geriatric evaluation consultation for your loved

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Retirement Minimum Distribution (RMDs) Fundamentals

Most people don’t know the rules about required minimum distributions. Also known as “RMDs,” these are the rules that require investors to make withdrawals from their retirement accounts the year that they turn 70½. However, says Forbes in the article “5 Things to Know About RMDs,” these withdrawals can have a major impact on cash flow,

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What a Durable Power of Attorney Can Do?

“Make sure you visualize what you really want, not what someone else wants for you.” Jerry Gillies “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” Charles Dickens Helping aging parents with daily tasks can become a challenge, if the parent has limited mobility. A trip to the bank, for example,

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Someday’ Is Sooner than You Think

If you and your siblings have been worrying about older parents please understand that ‘someday’ is sooner than you think. The cause for sleepless nights for many, now comes from worrying about older parents. As parents age, it becomes more important to talk with them about a number of “someday” issues, advises Kanawha Metro in

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Creating an Estate Plan for a Child with Special Needs

“As special needs parents we don’t have the power to make life “fair,” but we do have the power to make life joyful.” Anonymous “All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them” Magic Johnson. Parents want their children to be taken care of after they die. But children with

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You Need a Power of Attorney in Your Estate Plan

A power of attorney is an important legal document that allows a person, known as the principal, to designate a person of their choice to become their agent, acting on their behalf. This is usually done when the principal is unable to manage their financial affairs due to disability, illness or incapacity. It must be

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Top 6 Questions (and Answers) about Conservatorships and Guardianships

When someone becomes incapacitated due to illness, injury or disability, the court appoints a guardian to handle healthcare and certain non-financial decisions for that person. A guardian can be anyone over the age of 18, but must also be able to show that they are qualified to make these decisions for their loved one. A guardian

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401(k) Withdrawals and Taxes

A simple way to decrease the taxes you have to pay on 401(k) withdrawals, is to convert to a Roth IRA or Roth 401(k). Investopedia’s recent article, “How to Minimize Taxes on 401(k) Withdrawals” explains that withdrawals from those accounts aren’t taxed, provided they meet the rules for a qualified distribution. However, you’ll need to declare the conversion, when

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