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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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 in Overland Park – Think Twice about Joint Ownership

Owning assets jointly with children or other heirs is a common estate planning “shortcut.” There are two potential advantages to joint ownership: convenience and probate avoidance. But, it can also create a number of problems, such as unnecessary taxes. Adding a child’s name to the title may be considered an immediate taxable gift of one-half … Continued

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Charitable Giving in Kansas City

If your estate plan includes charitable donations, be sure to discuss any planned gifts with the intended recipients. Some charities have policies of rejecting gifts that come with strings attached; they accept only unrestricted gifts. Others may not accept certain types of assets, such as real estate. If a charity rejects your gift, the property … Continued

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Understanding Portability

Computers and phones aren’t the only things that are portable today. The gift and estate tax exemption is also “portable” for married couples. Portability simplifies estate planning by allowing a surviving spouse to use the deceased spouse’s unused portion of the $5.45 million gift and estate tax exemption amount. This article explains how married couples … Continued

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Using the “Titanic” Clause in Your Will.

We were recently interviewed for an online article on the wealth management website Investopedia. Whether you call it the Titanic clause or just a contingency clause, having a plan for all “what-ifs” is key.  Read more here. Why Your Will Needs a Titanic Clause, Investopedia.com    

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