Estate

Effective estate management enables you to manage your affairs during your lifetime and control the distribution of your wealth after death. An effective estate strategy can spell out your healthcare wishes and ensure that they're carried out – even if you are unable to communicate. It can even designate someone to manage your financial affairs should you be unable to do so.

 
 
 
When Do You Need a Will?

When Do You Need a Will?

When do you need a will? The answer is easy: Right Now.

Put It in a Letter

Put It in a Letter

A letter of instruction provides additional and more personal information regarding your estate.

When Special Care Is Needed: The Special Needs Trust

When Special Care Is Needed: The Special Needs Trust

A special needs trust helps care for a special needs child when you’re gone.

 

And the Executor Is

The right executor may help ensure the distribution of your assets is done with as little upheaval as possible.

Understanding the Alternate Valuation Date

Executors can value the estate on the date of death, or on its six-month anniversary —the “Alternate Valuation Date."

Planning for Special Needs Children

Planning for a special-needs child can be complicated, confusing, and even overwhelming.

Critical Estate Documents

Sound estate management includes creating financial and healthcare documents. Here's an inside look.

Yours, Mine and Ours: Estate Strategies for Second Marriages

Second marriages are a trigger event to revisit any existing estate strategies.

Revising Estate Strategy Assumptions

Estate tax exemptions rules appear to be stabilizing, prompting many to reconsider conventional estate strategies.

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What Is My Current Net Worth?

Use this calculator to estimate your net worth by adding up your assets and subtracting your liabilities.

What Is My Life Expectancy?

Estimate how many years you may need retirement assets or how long to provide income to a surviving spouse or children.

What's My Potential Estate Tax?

This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.

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Principles of Preserving Wealth

How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.

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Estate Management 101

A will may be only one of the documents you need—and one factor to consider—when it comes to managing your estate

Exit Strategies of the Rich and Famous

Estate conservation is too important to put off. Do you have a smart exit strategy?

Charitable Giving: Smart from the Heart

Do you have causes that you want to support with donations? Here are three tips.

When Special Care Is Needed: The Special Needs Trust

A special needs trust helps care for a special needs child when you’re gone.

When Do You Need a Will?

When do you need a will? The answer is easy: Right Now.

Do You Feel Lucky?

Recent changes in estate tax laws could affect the strategy you have in place.

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