Posts by Jennifer Elliott

PLANNING FOR THE FINANCIAL FUTURE OF A TROUBLED ADULT CHILD

Are you concerned about any of your adult children? Estate planning can pose extra challenges for families with adult children struggling with addiction, marital issues, or irresponsibility with money. The last thing you want is for your wealth to end up having a negative impact on your child, or to see them squander their inheritance.

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5 THINGS YOUR GRADUATE SHOULD DO BEFORE COLLEGE

May is graduation month. This is a time when many of you are celebrating a child’s academic achievements, and even getting ready to send them off to college. During this hectic time do not overlook important estate planning matters.​ My own daughter is graduating this month from college. Thankfully she took Mom’s advice. With her being away from home, having these documents in place made emergencies easier to handle.

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3 TIPS TO PASS ON FINANCIAL WISDOM TO YOUR BENEFICIARIES

A recent study carried by Ohio University shows that an astonishing 33 percent of all beneficiaries in the US lose their entire inheritance within two years of receiving it. This is either because they don’t know how to properly manage their money, or they misuse their wealth on an unsustainable lifestyle, spelling trouble in future.

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WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNTS WHEN YOU DIE?

So much of our life is spent online. We access our bank accounts, send emails, connect with friends, store family photos, and spend hours on social media. Have you considered what happens to these online accounts when you’re gone? Who will have access to your email? Will your family be able to post on your Facebook page?

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THE HEALTHY ESTATE

At the time of this writing President Trump’s proposed tax plan is still uncertain. Along with tax reform, the proposal calls for a complete elimination of the estate tax in 2023 and an increased estate tax exclusion amount beginning January 1, 2018, through 2023. There is also a proposal to eliminate the generation-skipping transfer tax.

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ARE YOU ORGANIZED FOR THE NEW YEAR?

The most common phrase I hear is, “I need to do estate planning. I just haven’t gotten around to it.” Whether you are creating your estate plan for the first time or your current plan needs a review, you now have a round “TUIT.” With the end of the year upon us, this is the right time to get organized for 2018.

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ESTATE PLANNING ‘HOW-TO’ FOR YOUR DIGITAL ASSETS

There is no federal law regulating access to digital properties as of now: however, many states have established estate planning laws or legislation for protecting the digital assets of people when they die. In California, the law named “the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act” is active since January 1st, 2017.

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