Tag Archives: trust

What If No One Wants My Belongings?

A critical question to ask yourself when creating an estate plan is who will get your personal belongings when you pass on?

While most people think about who they would like to receive the major items—homes, retirement accounts, savings—personal property such as jewelry, clothing, sports equipment, vehicles, and other possessions are often overlooked. The truth is...
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How to Include Noncitizens in Your Estate Plan

With our society becoming increasingly mobile and international travel becoming more affordable than ever before, families and family-like relationships have steadily grown far more diverse in terms of citizenship.

It is no longer uncommon for spouses from different countries to retain citizenship in their native countries. Many couples split their time between the United States and...
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Loan, Gift, or Advancement: Why the Classification Matters

While we all want to provide financial help to our loved ones—whether they are family or close friends—it is important to understand that how the money is classified will directly affect your estate planning.

Accordingly, the intent behind the transfer of the money is key when determining if it will be considered a loan, gift, or...
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What Is a Medallion Signature Guarantee, and Do I Need One?

Upon seeing the words medallion signature guarantee (MSG), you may envision some shiny grand medallion, signifying a level of greatness few attain.

However, that is far from what this guarantee means. An MSG is a unique tool used to protect the transfer of certain accounts and property from fraudulent transfers and is often required during the...
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