Planning for retirement is an important step towards financial security. Finding the right plan for your family can be an intimidating feat, especially for families with a special needs child. In addition to planning for the future financial needs of two adults who are no longer receiving an income from an employer, these families also need to take into account the needs of another individual.
Those who are starting to consider long-term care needs may want to take steps to qualify for Medicaid.
The vast majority of U.S. businesses are closely held. While there are many legal and financial advantages to various types of closely held business entities, interest in a closely held business can increase the complexity of estate planning. If you are in the process of estate planning and you own a closely held business, here is some information you should consider.
Succession planning should be a top priority for any entrepreneur who wishes to transfer a business to a family member at some point in the future. One way to do this is to ensure that the company has been sufficiently developed so that it can be operated by another person. This means researching economic trends and other issues that may influence how the company can be run in the future.
Many people choose to leave property to their loved ones or favorite charitable causes. But what starts as a kindly act can go terribly wrong if the land turns out to be contaminated. Unfortunately, estate plans involving environmentally contaminated property happen more than you might think. In many cases, the individual or couple gifting the property may not even aware the land is contaminated or is in violation of environmental regulations.
Putting together an estate plan is likely on your to-do list. You know that list. The one that also includes other fun projects like putting together a budget, double checking the health insurance policy and cleaning out the basement. This list likely gets brushed aside on a regular basis.
Prenatal classes, baby showers and birthing classes - oh my! Preparing for a baby is enough to leave your head spinning. Just when you think you have everything figured out and that hospital bag packed, you read the latest data on the cost of raising a child.
For many families, summertime means vacation time. Trips to Europe or other exotic locations may be part of your summertime relaxation plan. If so, it may be wise to consider putting together a vacation will.
Protecting your future finances with a comprehensive estate plan
Most people presume that a comprehensive estate plan is unnecessary until you are retired and wealthy. It is true that trusts are essential tools to minimize estate taxes, provide for charities, and ensure loved ones are able to benefit from your hard work.