Federal Gift and Estate Tax

What is federal gift and estate tax? Federal gift and estate tax is sometimes referred to simply as estate taxes or transfer taxes, although your estate may be subject to other kinds of transfer taxes (i.e., state death tax and generation-skipping transfer taxes)....

Wills: The Cornerstone of Your Estate Plan

If you care about what happens to your money, home, and other property after you die, you need to do some estate planning. There are many tools you can use to achieve your estate planning goals, but a will is probably the most vital. Even if you’re young or your...

Bypassing Probate

You may have heard about the horrors of probate, but in truth, probate has gotten an undeservedly bad reputation, especially in recent years. If you bypass probate, your estate will go to your beneficiaries without any court proceeding, and you may save a certain...

Introduction to Estate Planning

What is estate planning? Simply stated, estate planning is a method for determining how to distribute your property during your life and at your death. It is the process of developing and implementing a master plan that facilitates the distribution of your property...