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What’s the Difference Between a Will and Living Will?

Question: I've heard of a Will, Last Will and Testament and Living Will. What's the difference? Answer: Good question. There are two different types of "Will" documents. The most common one that people think of is a Last Will and Testament (casually referred to as a Will). A Last Will [...]

Richie Valens’ Last Will and Testament

The Day the Music Died On Feburary 2, 1959, rock and roll legend Richie Valens was killed in a plane crash in Iowa. Also on board were Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper. The day later became known as The Day the Music Died. But how did Valens end up [...]

What Do I Do With An Inherited IRA?

IRAs are among the largest assets inherited by heirs and beneficiaries. These accounts are able to grow to very large amounts because income taxes are deferred until the owner begins to take distributions, which usually happens after the owner reaches age 70 ½. Those who inherit an IRA must be [...]

Should You Tell Children About Their Inheritance?

Not many parents like to talk to their children about their wealth. How much money people have is typically considered a very private matter, and most people don't think it's polite to talk about it. However, not talking to children about their potential inheritance could leave them unprepared to handle [...]

Name a Guardian for Your Children

Parents with minor children need to name someone to raise them (a guardian) in the event both parents should pass away before the child becomes an adult (age 18). While the likelihood of that actually happening may be slim, the consequences of not naming a guardian are significant. If no [...]

Life Cycle of a Charity

Charitable and other organizations that meet the requirements of Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) are exempt from federal income tax. Donations made by individuals and corporations to charitable and other tax exempt organizations are deductible under Internal Revenue Code section 170. Exempt charitable organizations fall into one of two classifications: [...]

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