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Reasons Why Your Trust Should Contain a Residuary Clause

By creating a trust, you are stating your wishes as to how you would like your assets and possessions distributed. Many trusts have a series of specific gifts. However, you should be sure that your trust also contains a residuary clause to best protect the distribution of your assets. Please click here, for more …

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Is Your Pennsylvania IRA Still Protected From Lawsuits?

A recent case has opened a new door for someone suing you to try to reach or to attack your IRA. And, while IRAs usually have a heightened level of asset protection, my new article on this topic has a few suggestion – especially if you have a self directed IRA. Please click here to …

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Protect Assets Using Family Care Agreements

Family Care Agreements, also referred to as Caregiver Agreements, have increased in popularity as a result of the more stringent Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) Medicaid gifting rules. These agreements are usually established between an elderly individual who is agreeing to “pay” and the individual or individuals who is/are agreeing to provide continued care and assistance …

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Reminder: Medicaid Asset Protection is Alive after the DRA

There is a great deal of misinformation about the viability of Medicaid and Nursing Home asset protection planning after the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA). I want to remind clients, friends and advisors that there are an abundance of planning options available to single and married individuals who want to protect assets from spending …

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Create Trusts For Children In Your Wills

I have had a recent addition to the family, my son, James Douglas Kaune.  Welcome to our lives James!! Taking my own advice, my wife and I immediately updated our estate planning documents including wills, powers of attorney and trusts.  We also modified our beneficiary designation forms in IRA’s, 401k’s and life insurance to name the testamentary trust for …

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Your Government Doesn’t Like Off Shore Accounts. Should You?

Off shore accounts have been getting a pretty bad rap in the news media with the leaders of both America and Great Britain making multiple appearances to clearly establish that tax havens are just for the big corporations and illegal players seeking to evade taxes and engage in unlawful activities. The attached article examines the …

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