A revocable living trust is a valuable tool to protect and preserve your assets both for you, your children and future generations. A living trust can help you avoid the unnecessary costs and delays associated with Probate and can help you minimize or avoid estate and inheritance taxes. Like any plan, your living trust should be reviewed periodically to ensure that it … [Read more...] about Is My Living Trust Obsolete?
The Deferred Sales Trust is designed so that the proceeds of the sale of a business, real property or highly appreciated collectables can achieve tax deferred status. The original seller of the appreciated asset first sells the asset to the Trustee of the Trust, who then “re-sells” the property to the intended buyer. The transaction is effectively completed in what could be … [Read more...] about The Use of Alternative Investments within the Deferred Sales Trust
What Is an Estate and What Planning Is Involved? It's important for you to understand what the word “estate” means so that you do not underestimate the broad scope of the term. The “estate” consists of all the property a person owns or controls. Examples of the more well-known items include personal property, real estate, bank accounts, insurance policies, business … [Read more...] about Estate Planning 101: An Introduction
For years the 1031 exchange (like-kind exchange) has been one of the most tax efficient investment vehicles available to real estate investors. However, two lesser-known vehicles are giving the 1031 exchange a run for its money. One is the Opportunity Zone and the other is the Deferred Sales Trust. The opportunity zone allows you to defer the taxes on the gains from your … [Read more...] about Deferring Capital Gains – Opportunity Zone Investing v. The Deferred Sales Trust ™
Important Reasons to Review and Update Your Estate Plan Let’s assume you are among the approximately 30% of adults who have done the prudent thing and established your Estate Plan. Perhaps you simply created a Will. Have you had it professionally reviewed in recent years? Make sure your plan is still the most suitable for your current estate and goals? Alternatively, do … [Read more...] about Five Reasons to Update Your Estate Plan