Ruling from the Grave

I just read a recent Wall Street Journal article titled, “Trying to Control Your Heir’s Behavior from the Grave Often Backfires.” It was a short read, but it raised a number of issues for me. Here are some of my thoughts: Powder keg of emotions I think the article misses a major point. Most of… Read More »

Grantor-Retained Annuity Trust Works Well With Stocks

This article is Part of a series exploring the various types of trusts that may benefit you. Today’s topic is Grantor-Retained Annuity Trusts (GRAT). Do you own stock, especially stock in a start-up company? If so, a Grantor-Retained Annuity Trust might be right for you. The GRAT is an irrevocable trust that transfers wealth without… Read More »

Irrevocable Trusts Protect Loved Ones Assets

This article is part of a series exploring the various types of trusts that may benefit you. Today’s topic is irrevocable trusts. Signing away ownership of assets can feel antithetical to you when you start to think about creating an estate plan that gives you control of what happens to your accumulated assets and meets… Read More »

Holiday Gatherings Are a Great Time to Discuss Estate Plans

The Winter Holidays offer great opportunities to get loved ones together for laughter, fellowship and conversation. These family gatherings might give you the best opportunity to have a conversation with everyone in one spot, about your estate plan. With relatives often living in different cities or states, it can be difficult to get everyone under… Read More »

If You Own a Family Business, You Need to Understand and Implement Succession Planning

Family businesses – from mom-and-pop stores to home-based businesses – power our nation’s economy, from job creation to gross domestic product. They provide 60 percent of American jobs and nearly 80 percent of new jobs created, according to Forbes. In addition, family businesses produce 50 percent of America’s GDP. Mapping out your succession plan takes… Read More »

Deaths of Bourdain, Spade Offer Cautionary Tales

When fashion designer Kate Spade and chef/author/storyteller Anthony Bourdain each committed suicide in early June, they left behind grieving family and fans from around the world. They also left behind complicated estates. Both Spade and Bourdain were separated from their spouses, and at least in Bourdain’s case it was a permanent separation, according to a… Read More »