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It's summer time! If you are leaving your children in someone else's care, please also leave a consent form for emergency medical treatement, so that if something happens, doctors can treat your child in your absence. Without your signature on such a consent form, doctors cannot provide treatment to a minor. Click on the title here to download a Parental Medical Release Form in .pdf form, or here to download a Word file.
The new tax law makes permanent a new feature in estate tax law, portability, which allows a surviving spouse to make use of the deceased spouse's unused exemption from federal estate tax. We summarized this in our 2013 Newsletter. Click here to download a longer explanation of portability, or read the article below online.
Most of us don't yet think about including information about our digital assets in our estate plans. But we should. If you die or become incapacitated, your family needs to know your passwords, your online accounts, and your automatic deposits and payments. To get started, click here to download an article and inventory form for your Digital Planning, or read the article below online.
Seniors are being targeted by scammers who call to tell them that they've won a foreign lottery. All they need to do is send a small amount of money, or provide confidential financial or personal information, to claim their prize. Don't be fooled and don't let anyone you know be fooled. Click here to download an article and learn more, or read the article below online.
Click here to download an article about portability and your options under the new estate tax laws. If you'd rather read it online, it's here as an article too.
Most of us don't yet think of your digital information as an important part of our estate planning, but we should. Create a list of your most essential digital assets and leave it with your estate plan. Click here to download an article that will help guide you through the process and provides you with a form to get started. If you'd rather read it online, it's here as an article too, see the list below.
Seniors are being targeted by scammers who call to tell them that they've won a foreign lottery. All they need to do is send money, or confidential personal information to claim their prize. Don't be fooled. Click here to download and article and learn more. If you'd rather read it online, it's here as an article too, see the list below.
How to arrange a full body donation to a medical institution.
How to donate your organs after death.
If you want to give a big gift to charity, consider a charitable trust.
Take the following steps to help your family should you die or become incapacitated.
If you have children, you should choose a personal guardian -- someone to raise them in the unlikely event you can't.
Name the best person to direct your medical care if you are unable to do so yourself.
Not everyone needs life insurance. Find out whether or not you do.
What duty do health care providers have to follow your instructions for medical care?
Your closest relatives may have a right to claim part of your estate.
Help your family -- and make your executor's job easier -- by getting your paperwork in order.
Can't wait for your retirement funds? Learn how to get your retirement money early.
Make sure your will reflects your current wishes and situation.
Durable powers of attorney for finances -- a simple way to arrange for someone to handle your finances if you can't.
It's smart to make documents setting out your wishes for health care in case you are ever unable to speak for yourself.
Here are the basics on avoiding probate with living trusts.
It's easy to arrange for someone to manage any property you leave to young children.
When it comes to choosing a life insurance policy, you may feel dazed by your options. Here are the basic types and the pros and cons of each.
Who owns marital property and to whom can they leave it?
Making gifts during your life can provide you with tax savings and more.
If you don't own your life insurance policy, it's not part of your taxable estate.
As your children grew, you loved and treated them all the same. Yet, maybe one of them held a special place in your heart or needed more help from you.
An AB trust, or bypass trust, may help some couples avoid estate tax.
The estate tax will be fully repealed by 2010 but may come back in 2011.
Settling an estate, in or out of probate court.
Tips on shopping for funeral goods and services.
Test your knowledge to see how much you know about taking your money out.
Life insurance may be a good source of income for your children if you die. Here's what you should know.
Medical issues to address in your living will and power of attorney for health care.
A will isn't the place to handle certain kinds of property or issues.