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Estate Planning: Trends & Update

*Estate Tax ..How Did We Get Here? EGTRRA *The Flip Side of the Estate Tax CARRY OVER BASIS ..Carry Over Basis (Estate Tax Repeal) ..What Will Congress Do? ..Only A Few Will Be Affected By the Estate Tax ..Is Estate…more

| Health, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Maximizing Your Wealth After Health Care Reform

The health care legislation recently passed by Congress and signed by the President, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, imposes an additional Medicare tax of 3.8% on “net investment income” or the excess of modified…more

| Finance & Banking, Health, Insurance, Taxation

Asset Protection: How to Lock Up Your Valuables

Now more than ever, people with wealth are “sitting ducks,” particularly if they have real estate holdings or significant professional incomes. Consider the following: More than 90 percent of all lawsuits in the world are…more

| Finance & Banking, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Avoiding the Stealth Estate Tax

In my last blog post, I explained the stealth estate tax created by the so-called “carry-over” basis that will apply to administration of estates in 2010, due to the U.S. Senate’s failure to act to continue the law in effect in…more

| Elections & Politics, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

The Stealth Estate Tax of 2010

In 2001, Congress revised the federal estate tax schedule, gradually increasing the individual exemption from estate tax from year to year. Pursuant to this legislation, the exemption was raised to $3.5 million per person ($7 M…more

| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Don’t Text Your Savings Away

On Jan. 1, 2010, Illinois is joining more than 20 other states that have passed laws that prohibit texting while driving. So why is this important to your business or estate plan? In two words: Asset Protection. If you or…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Personal Injury, Wills, Trusts, &...

Electronic Password Succession Plans

Many of us live an “online” life. We have user names and passwords for bank accounts, brokerage accounts, 401(k) accounts, children’s investments, credit cards, mortgage accounts, and other necessities of life; and we guard…more

| Science, Computers, & Technology

Estate Planning: Frequently Asked Questions

We have prepared this brief summary of Frequently Asked Questions (faq) to acquaint our new clients with the basics of the estate planning process and some terms that they might want to know. Please understand that that this FAQ…more

| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

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