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August 15th, 2011

What is a Dynasty Trust?

(Estate Planners) - A dynasty trust is a type of generation-skipping trust that can provide substantial savings on estate tax. When you consider the fact that estate tax can climb to a rate that is as much as fifty-five percent, and that each generation will have to pay estate taxes, you could hypothetically save up to eighty percent of your estate throughout the course of three generations.

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April 25th, 2011

What is a Life Insurance Trust?

(Estate Planners) - When planning an estate, many people assume that if they have adequate life insurance coverage that their heirs will be well provided for. This is not always the case as federal estate tax can eat as much as fifty-five percent of the wealth of your estate before your heirs receive a dime. The life insurance trust is a type of trust that is established specifically for the purpose of owning life insurance. If the owner of the life insurance policy is also the insured, the proceeds of the insurance policy will be subjected to the federal estate tax when the insured passes away.

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April 11th, 2011

What is a Testamentary Trust?

(Estate Planners) - The testamentary trust is a trust that is often created when a parent’s potential death might trigger the distributions of large sums of money, like life insurance policy proceeds, to minor children or young adult children. This type of trust often allows for a child to become more mature before being tasked with the responsibility of handling a lot of money.

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February 21st, 2011

What is a Charitable Remainder Unitrust (“CRUT”)?

(Estate Planners) - When planning an estate, the charitable remainder unitrust or CRUT is often a popular choice. This type of trust allows for you to transfer your assets to a charitable remainder trust now and receive income for the rest of your life or for a period of years. When you die, the charity of your choice will receive the assets wholly and fully. This type of charitable trust is often chosen by those donors who need an income for life or for a particular time period and who desire a rise in income as the value of the trust increases.

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February 7th, 2011

What is a Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (“CRAT”)?

(Estate Planners) - Making decisions about how to distribute the wealth that you accumulate over the course of your life can be challenging. The charitable remainder annuity trust is a standard type of trust that allows you to have income for the remainder of your life while giving a favorite charity a substantial gift when you pass away.

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September 21st, 2010

Estate Planning

(Estate Planners) - Estate planning involves making decisions about what will happen to your property and assets after you die. Planning ahead of time exactly how you want your assets distributed and to whom will make your passing easier on your family and friends since your final wishes will be clearly defined through documents such as a will, a power of attorney, a medical power of attorney, and funeral arrangement requests. Estate planning

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