Insights: Estate Planning Services

Probate and How to Avoid it

August 8, 2022

By: Layne Blasingim, CPA & Elaine Daugherty, CPA What is it? Probate is the formal legal process that recognizes a will (if one exists) and appoints a representative/administrator/executor to distribute assets to all intended beneficiaries and creditors. Some states require a “formal” probate where an estate is settled under the supervision of a court. “Formal”…

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Estate Planning with Minor Dependents

July 11, 2022

By Elaine Dougherty, CPA Married and unmarried couples with minor children need to think about their plans for their children’s care if the unthinkable happens. An estate plan can help map out your wishes if one or both guardians pass away. Having the proper legal documents will ensure that your wishes are followed. These documents…

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Documents That Should Be Part of Your Estate Plan

May 25, 2022

People believe that having an estate plan is simply having a will or your assets in a trust. However, there is much more to an estate plan to ensure that your assets are transferred to your heirs upon your death. There are specific estate planning documents that every estate plan should have, and there are…

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The Tax Mechanics Involved in the Sale of Trade or Business Property

April 26, 2022

There are many rules that can potentially apply to the sale of business property. Thus, to simplify the discussion, let’s assume that the property you want to sell is land or depreciable property used in your business, and has been held by you for more than a year. (There are different rules for property held…

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Thinking about converting your home into a rental property?

April 20, 2022

In some cases, homeowners decide to move to new residences, but keep their present homes and rent them out. If you’re thinking of doing this, you’re probably aware of the financial risks and rewards. However, you also should know that renting out your home carries potential tax benefits and pitfalls. You’re generally treated as a…

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Who Should Be On Your Estate Planning Team?

April 11, 2022

A comprehensive estate planning process is accomplished by a team of professionals performing different roles. Therefore, you must have confidence in your team and open communication between all members and you.   A typical team includes the following list of professionals. However, the size of your estate and the type of assets you own will…

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Establish a Tax-Favored Retirement Plan

March 21, 2022

If your business doesn’t already have a retirement plan, now might be a good time to take the plunge. Current retirement plan rules allow for significant tax-deductible contributions. For example, if you’re self-employed and set up a SEP-IRA, you can contribute up to 20% of your self-employment earnings, with a maximum contribution of $61,000 for…

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There Still May Be Time to Cut Your Tax Bill With an IRA

March 10, 2022

If you’re getting ready to file your 2021 tax return, and your tax bill is more than you’d like, there might still be a way to lower it. If you’re eligible, you can make a deductible contribution to a traditional IRA right up until the April 18, 2022, filing date and benefit from the tax…

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Who Needs An Estate Plan? Everyone!

March 4, 2022

First, what is an estate plan? An estate plan clarifies a person’s wishes and can help reduce the cost and time of administering the estate. You might think, I am just starting and beginning life, I do not need an estate plan, or maybe you think you will pass your business down to your children…

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Gift tax annual exclusion: plan ahead for year-end gifts

November 3, 2021

As we approach the holidays and the end of the year, many people may want to make gifts of cash or stock to their loved ones. By properly using the gift tax annual exclusion, gifts to family members and loved ones can reduce the size of your taxable estate, within generous limits, without triggering any…

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