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Gifts Your Family Will Love but the IRS Won’t Tax

What changes will we see to the tax code in the near future?

At this point it is all speculation but don’t let that prevent you from making tax-free annual exclusion, medical-payment, and educational gifts to or for the benefit of your loved ones.  

Make Annual Exclusion Gifts

  Annual exclusion gifts are transfers of money or property in...
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When Equal Isn’t Necessarily Fair in Estate Planning

Equality is a noble concept and one many people turn to when deciding how to divide up their estate.

There are many circumstances in which equal distribution of assets among beneficiaries is the right choice, but there are some cases where identical inheritances do not make the most sense. In such situations, the difference between what...
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My Loved One Has Died: As Their Heir or Beneficiary, Do I Need an Attorney?

You just found out that your favorite aunt, Aunt Melba, has died. In the midst of your grief and sadness, you receive a notice from the attorney handling Aunt Melba's affairs stating that you are a beneficiary. Your best friend advises you to get an attorney. What should you do? Will Aunt Melba's attorney help...

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Stay Bonus Agreements: What They Are and How to Use Them

A stay bonus agreement, also referred to as a retention bonus agreement, is a written agreement between a company and a key employee to encourage the employee to stay with the company.

Understanding the definition and purpose of this type of bonus agreement is critical for both business owners and employees.

What is a Stay Bonus?

A stay...
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