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3 Easily Avoidable Estate Planning Mistakes

Estate planning is not a topic that many like to think about. After all, planning for our death can be a morbid way to pass the time. But, instead of thinking about the negative, it is important to remember the positive attributes of estate planning – namely, the security and future well-being of your family…

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The Landmark SCOTUS Decision that Impacts your Inherited IRA

In a landmark decision handed down on June 12, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held that inherited IRAs are not protected from creditors in a bankruptcy claim. In Clark v. Rameker, the Supreme Court unanimously held that retirement funds inherited by a beneficiary after the original plan participant’s death are not considered “retirement funds”…

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Bitcoins and Estate Planning: Bequeathing Cryptocurrency

With the prevalence of Bitcoin as a form of digital currency, new considerations must be made when it comes to a variety of legal concerns. We recently looked at the repercussions of Bitcoin on divorce, but that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the ways that Bitcoin is influencing how…

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5 Estate Planning Nightmares from Around the Country

With the proper estate planning, the following situations could have been avoided. The truth is, many fail to adequately plan their estate, which can potentially lead to outcomes such as these worst-case scenarios. 1.  Mom had been in the nursing home on private pay for over 7 years.  After paying over $700,000 to the nursing…

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Estate Planning Lessons from Tony Soprano

The tragic and untimely death of James Gandolfini shocked and saddened fans of the talented actor. And, since his will became public last month, there has been much commentary on the state of his affairs prior to his passing. The actor’s will exposes common estate planning problems that can easily occur with blended families. Gandolfini…

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Celebrity Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

In an interesting article, Fox Business delved into the “Monumental Estate Planning Blunders of 5 Celebrities.”  The piece looks at estate planning mistakes made from some well-known, now-deceased stars who’s estate ended up out of their hands. Leona Helmsley, widow of real estate tycoon Harry Helmsely, famously left a $12 million dollar trust to her dog, Trouble.  Ultimately, this only served to cause trouble…

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Estate Planning Faux Pas

Estate planning is important. If you haven’t already considered an estate plan, there is no time like the present.  When considering how to start this process, you should consider professional advice.  Fields and Dennis has years of experience under its belt and can help you produce an estate plan that is secure, cares for all…

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