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How Do You Gift Your House to Your Children during Your Lifetime?

There are many ways to pass property on to children, including gifting the family home to them while you are still alive, bequeathing it to the children upon your passing, or selling the residence to your heirs.
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Who Should I Name as Trustee?

You created your revocable living trust to hold your assets. You did so because of the probate avoidance and other benefits. You may have included sophisticated tax-planning provisions in your trust.
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How Much can You Inherit and Not Pay Taxes?

Unless you spend your winters in Aspen and your summers in the Hamptons, you probably don’t have to worry about paying federal estate taxes on an inheritance. In 2021, the federal estate tax doesn’t kick in unless an estate exceeds $11.7 million.
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Filing as a Surviving Spouse: 5 things you need to know

About 1.5 million Americans become widows and widowers in a normal year, but the pandemic has boosted that significantly. The National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University estimates that about 380,000 of more than 700,000 people in the U.S. who have died from Covid were married.
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Transfer Your House To Your Children?

In a nutshell, it might be better for your mom to put the home in a living trust that allows her to control the home while she is alive and allows you to inherit the home through the trust upon her death.
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Estate Planning for Special Needs Children Using Special Needs Trusts

It takes a special parent to care for a child with special needs. These parents’ greatest financial concern is typically ensuring that their children are cared for when they can no longer do so.
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Will I Live Longer, if I Babysit the Grandchildren?

Looking for an extra incentive to spend some quality time with your grandchildren? Try telling their parents that it could extend your life.
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Dying without a Will: Who Gets Your Estate?

What happens if you die without a will, or intestate? Who gets your estate? Many people die without executing a Will. I recently completed an estate administration for my client Alvin. Alvin’s wife, Arlene, passed away without a Will. Arlene had two children from a prior marriage, Stuart & Samantha. At the time of Arlene’s […]
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HOW WILL YOUR ESTATE BE TAXED?

By: BENJAMIN D. ECKMAN, ESQ.Elder Law Attorney     Several years ago there was a commercial running with the theme “New Jersey and you – perfect together.” We in New Jersey live in a great state. We hosted the Super Bowl, have great beaches, have legal gambling in Atlantic City and so much more.      But […]
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SUPREME COURT RULES INHERITED IRAs ARE NOT PROTECTED

On June 12, 2014, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that individual retirement accounts (IRAs) left to a non-spouse beneficiary are not protected from bankruptcy proceedings. As a result of this decision, individuals who have inherited IRAs are now confronted with the prospect of not having these assets protected from creditors when filing for […]
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