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Orange City Estate Planning Blog

The Importance of Trust Funding

If you have updated your estate plan during the Covid crisis and even found a way to sign your documents while maintaining social distance, do not overlook the last step of trust funding.

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Tapping an Inherited IRA?

When a loved one dies, any leftover IRA funds they had, goes to whomever they labeled as beneficiaries. If you’re a beneficiary, you have to decide how you’re going to use it—a decision that’s a little more complicated this year than it normally is.

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Will Your Estate Plan Work Now?

Under the new law, not only must all of the tax on IRAs and plans benefits be paid much earlier than it was before, but the rate will likely be much higher too, since that income will be bundled into the recipients’ peak earning years.

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High Five: Mistakes with DIY Wills

Not surprisingly, online do-it-yourself legal services have a huge customer base, likely because they are cheaper and more convenient than using a local lawyer. Sites like LegalZoom say you can “get a will” that’s the same as what you get from the lawyer down the street. But, unfortunately, DIY or form wills are prone to any number of problems which cause your estate to be divided incorrectly, your probate to be administered inefficiently, or your wishes to be completely ignored. [Read More]

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Watch Your Language: Trustee

A trustee has legal title to assets subject to certain conditions and requirements that are spelled out in the trust document. [Read More]

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