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26
Sep

Your Retirement Plan: How To Get Started

*The number of people who are financially unprepared for retirement is staggering. One study revealed that more than half of the adults in the U.S. were planning to depend solely on Social Security for retirement income. Another study indicated that the great majority of Americans do not save nearly enough money. This Financial Guide provides you with the information you

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8
Sep

Identity Theft and Your Taxes

Identity Theft and Your Taxes Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. It presents challenges to individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies, including the IRS. Learning that you are a victim of identity theft can be a stressful event and you may not be aware that

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6
Jun

The Benefits of Alaska Corporations and Limited Liability Companies

Alaska has two of the best asset protection laws on the books: its Corporations Act and its Limited Liability Company Act. Alaska, similar to Nevada, has act basically adopted of the Delaware Corporations Act.  These Acts are unique from most of the Corporations Acts across the United States.  For Example, Alaska allows one person to be the only director, shareholder,

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19
May

Special Needs Trust – Caring for Those who Need Protection the Most

I don’t often talk about my family at work.  11 years ago, I noticed my 2 year old son did not react well to loud noises and was not starting to speak.  Concerned we took him to a doctor who performed extensive testing.  One afternoon I received a call by the doctor to meet me at her office.  She explained

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4
May

Pet Trusts: Planning and Providing for Your Pet

Many people today own pets who have served them as close companions and friends. But, what will become of your pet after you pass away? Luckily, this is something that you can plan for by meeting with an estate planning attorney and setting up a pet trust. Pet trusts are allowed in almost every state and can be created for

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22
Mar

Can All Couples, Married or Non-Married, Establish an Estate Plan?

Can Couples Who Cohabitate Establish an Estate Plan? The United State’s Census Bureau found in 2000 there are an estimated 5.5 million unmarried couples living together in the United States, up 3.2 million from 1990.  There is nothing to indicate this trend will not continue While the courts have recognized the application of estate planning tools for married couples, they have yet

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21
Mar

What Entity Type is Best When Investing In Real Estate?

What entity type to invest in real estate depends on the type of transaction you are engaging in.  The two most likely candidates are S Corporationsand Limited Liability Companies. S CORPORATIONS Speaking on the federal level, the S Corporation has some major advantages over the C Corporation or Corporation, as we will refer to it from now on throughout this

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16
Feb

What Happens to My 401k, IRA, or Qualified Retirement Plan at the Time of My Death?

Distributing 401k’s, IRA’s, and Qualified Retirement Plans as Part of Your Estate 401k’s, IRA’s, and Qualified Retirement Plans are generally considered non-probate assets. As such, individuals may specifically name a beneficiary of these accounts without having the assets go through their estates via a trust. For example, Scott and Kim are married. Scott has a 401k plan that names Kim

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16
Feb

Why Estate plans are essential for singles, right now!

Estate Planning is generally thought of as activity for retiring parents or something that does not affect you while you are living.  The reality is that estate planning for singles could not be more important.  Singles do not have a spouse who might be considered the person to make decisions for you if you cannot.  With the percentage of our

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16
Feb

Do You Realize You Already Have An Estate Plan?

Everyone has an estate plan, the one you create with your choices or the one the courts provide where they make the decisions. An estate plan is a series of documents that give your wishes control of your life, family and assets.  Without an estate plan, the courts will get involved and make decision for you, often costing your estate money. 

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