Beneficiary Deeds 101

There is a simple and effective way to avoid probate of your residence. A beneficiary deed allows you to retain ownership of your house while designating who should receive the property upon your death. It doesn’t affect your mortgage or title until something happens. It’s a smart tool for you to consider in your estate … Continued

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How to Handle Power of Attorney Issues

Power of attorney abuse: What you can do about it A financial power of attorney — sometimes called a “power of attorney for property” or a “general power of attorney” — can be a valuable estate planning tool. The main disadvantage is that it’s susceptible to abuse by scam artists, dishonest caretakers or greedy relatives. … Continued

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Factoring your Home in your Estate Plan

A joint home purchase can ease estate tax liability If you’re planning on buying a home that you one day wish to pass on to your adult children, a joint purchase can reduce estate tax liability, provided the children have sufficient funds to finance their portion of the purchase. With the gift and estate tax … Continued

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Enhance Your Estate Plan with Life Insurance

Life insurance can be a powerful estate planning tool for nontaxable estates For years, life insurance has played a critical role in estate planning, providing a source of liquidity to pay estate taxes and other expenses. It’s been particularly valuable for business owners, whose families might not have the liquid assets they need to pay … Continued

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Health Care Powers

Make health care decisions while you’re healthy Estate planning isn’t just about what happens to your assets after you die. It’s also about protecting yourself and your loved ones. This includes having a plan for making critical medical decisions in the event you’re unable to make them yourself. And, as with other aspects of your … Continued

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Intro to Estate Planning Documents

How to Start a Will  Well-crafted, up-to-date estate planning documents ensure your wishes will be carried out. They also can help ease the burdens on your family during a difficult time. The will Do you have questions about wills? Maybe you are unsure what a will does? A will is a document executed in front … Continued

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Estate Planning Kansas City – Probate 101

The Basics of Probate Probate and the probate process is a confusing and somewhat counter-intuitive judicial process. The good thing about probate is that it enables the intent specified in your will (if you have one) or provides a process for administering your estate if you don’t have a will. However, avoiding the probate process … Continued

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Estate Planning for Single Parents

Estate planning for single parents requires special attention to ensure your kids will be cared for and financially supported as you wish should the unthinkable occur. Estate plans for single parents is very often similar to estate plans for families with two parents. In each instance parents want to provide for their children’s care and … Continued

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Estate Plans in Kansas City – Valuing Your Estate

Asset valuations and your estate plan go hand in hand If your estate plan calls for making noncash gifts in trust or outright to beneficiaries, you need to know the values of those gifts and disclose them to the IRS on a gift tax return. For substantial gifts of noncash assets other than marketable securities, … Continued

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