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Here is a helpful checklist of the top ten ways to keep your estate plan current. 6.29.17

  1. Review your existing Will and any trust agreements. Over the course of a year our personal and our professional lives can change dramatically. Tax laws and regulations are also subject to change as new political administrations come into office. It is therefore important to periodically make sure that your documents will work the way you want them to. Some questions to ask: Is your plan tax efficient? Do you need to make any changes about the timing and manner in which your assets will transfer to your beneficiaries? Do you need to change any beneficiaries or add anybody new? These are all basic questions to keep in mind when reviewing your existing documents.
    Consider whether your named fiduciaries are still appropriate. Your executors and trustees will be tasked with some significant responsibility. You should consider whether the persons you appointed in your documents are up to the tasks that lie ahead of them or if an alternate person or persons should be appointed.

3.17.17If you think of retirement as a one-time purchase, it is the biggest thing you’ll ever buy. Trying to pay for retirement without the funding, is asking for the impossible.

Compared to buying a new car or a house, paying for retirement is the biggest purchase of a lifetime, according to a study from Merrill Lynch and Age Wave reported in Credit Union Times, “Retirement Is ‘Life’s Most Expensive Purchase.”  Conversations over the course of four years with 50,000 people about their plans for retirement revealed some very problematic trends.

The average cost of retirement is over $700,000. That’s about 2.5 times that of the average home.  The average cost of a home is $278,300.

8.8.16Passing your home to your heirs can occur in a number of ways, depending upon your situation and your family. It’s not a do-it-yourself project—even in the simplest cases.

If you own a home and want to leave it to your loved ones, there are steps you need to take to ensure that your wishes are achieved. According to Fox News, “You're Going to Die—Here Are the Best Ways to Deal with Your Home,”, inheriting a collection of 80s Transformers action figures won’t have a big impact on your heirs, but a sizable asset like a house will.

Here are a few ways to help prepare now.

6.3.16Whether for reasons of death or divorce, an estate sale can be an emotional roller coaster. Prepare yourself for challenges so that you are not taken by surprise when possessions unleash a flood of memories.

It's not always easy to make rational decisions when handling the logistics of an estate sale, explains a recent post on WCPO, "4 tips for dealing with the emotional side of estate sale planning." Here are four good suggestions for dealing with the emotions that often accompany such an endeavor.

Get advice. Don't take on this responsibility alone. As you begin the process of selling the contents of an estate, find yourself a support system. This can include members of your family, friends, and experts (like an estate planning attorney). These folks can provide you with valuable advice, and you may feel more comfortable when you've considered input from others. Given that this is an extremely emotional experience; you might also want to talk with a member of the clergy or a counselor as you go through the steps of preparing for the estate sale.

MP900442275Generally the best way to value things is by looking at what similar things sell for.   There is not a lot of buying and selling of facade easements.  So what you do is value the property as it is and then value it as encumbered by the easement.  If you can’t find sales of similar properties both with and without the easement, it all becomes rather hypothetical.

Proving the value of something is not easy. It's hard enough when you are trying to value tangible items, but what about those intangibles? A particular intangible, non-market benefit of great importance has become all the harder to prove: the easement valuation.

The developing trend against easement valuations was pointed out in a recent Forbes article titled “Easement Valuations Not So Easy Anymore.” If you have any possible interest in leaving an easement then it’s a problem well worth your planning attention.

As interest rates rise, more children of high-net-worth families are likely to tap into their trust funds to buy a home.

Buying a home means chaining yourself to a mortgage and the financial institution holding it. This arrangement is oftentimes considered a necessary evil of adulthood. But then again, when there are trust funds available to help, buying a home might not be such a necessary evil at all.

Under the right circumstances, trusts may be tapped to assist you and your loved ones, even when it comes to bypassing the bankers and buying a home. This is more and more useful as interest rates rise.

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