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Power of Attorney Gifting Powers Could Leave You Penniless

Posted on Wed Aug 10, 2016, on Power of Attorney

Ask a Question” mailbag: “Can my son use my power of attorney to give away all my property?”

A Durable Power of Attorney gives your “Agent” the right to make financial decisions on your behalf during your lifetime. Each power of attorney can be unique. I need to examine your actual document to answer the question, can your son use that particular document to legally make gifts to himself, but here are some facts. A durable power of attorney can give your son the right to make unlimited gifts. In other words, your Power of Attorney could allow your son to legally leave you penniless.

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An IRA Trust Can Ensure Your Estate Passes Only To Direct Descendants

Posted on Thu Jul 7, 2016, on IRA Trust

The IRA Trust, An Underutilized Estate Planning Tool.

To ensure that your money passes on only to your direct descendants, consider forming an IRA Trust.

All qualified plans (IRA, Roths, 401ks, SEPs, TIAA-CREF, etc.) allow you to name a beneficiary to receive the plan at your death. But, if this person is your child, they will have the chance to defer income tax recognition by converting the plan into an “Inherited IRA”. BUT, with an “Inherited IRA” your child, not you, has the ability to name a beneficiary. And it is likely this beneficiary will be your daughter-in-law or son-in-law rather than your grandchildren.

What Type of Life Insurance Policy is Best For My Estate Plan?

Posted on Thu Jun 30, 2016, on Life Insurance

Ask a Question” mailbag: I need life insurance as part of my estate plan to cover the cost of my son’s college tuition and pay off the mortgage. What policy best fits my needs?

First, focus on the reasons for why you are purchasing life insurance. Life insurance is an excellent Estate Planningtool, but only if you are clear as to its purpose.

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