Social Security Administration: No COLA in 2016

There are those who assume that a ready-made retirement is right there for everyone, because they know that they will qualify for Social Security and Medicare. To qualify for these programs, you have to accumulate at least 40 retirement credits while you are working and paying taxes. The requirement is quite modest, because in 2015,… Read more »

A Pet Trust Can Facilitate Senior Pet Ownership

There are many challenges that you can face as a senior citizen. Unfortunately, loneliness is one of them. When you retire, you no longer have daily interactions with coworkers, and this is part of the equation. Plus, your children and grandchildren are going to have lives of their own, and they may even live out… Read more »

Farmers and Ranchers: The Estate Tax Looms

You may have heard that you do not have to be concerned about the federal estate tax because it is only applicable to extremely wealthy people. In reality, this may or may not be the case, depending on your definition of “extremely wealthy.” The line that is drawn between taxable inheritances and inheritances that are… Read more »

The Pros and Cons of Living Trusts

A living trust as an estate planning vehicle that provides a number of different benefits, but this type of trust would not be the ideal choice under certain circumstances. We will look at the details in this blog post. The Benefits In a general sense, a living trust can be a good choice for you… Read more »

What Is the Veterans A & A Pension?

Anyone who has ever served honorably in the United States Armed Forces has done a great deal for our country, and veterans deserve rewards for their service. However, the matter is even more profound when you have served your country during a time of war. This is the ultimate sacrifice. If you have served our… Read more »

Can My Surviving Spouse Use Two Estate Tax Exclusions?

We have an estate tax on the federal level in the United States, and there are also a number of states in the union that impose state-level estate taxes. There are many great things about living in Texas, and one of them is the fact that there is no state-level estate tax in our state…. Read more »

Do I Control Assets in a Wealth Preservation Trust?

Wealth preservation is a very important consideration for high net worth individuals. When you are in a position to pass wealth along to your loved ones after you are gone you may enjoy a certain peace of mind, but you have to be concerned about asset erosion. The federal estate tax is a looming threat… Read more »

Estate Tax Efficiency for Non-Citizen Spouses

There are many high net worth individuals in the greater Dallas area, and when you have been financially successful throughout your life, you have to be aware of potential estate tax exposure. The federal estate tax carries a whopping 40 percent maximum rate, so your wealth can be significantly eroded if you take no steps… Read more »

What Is Nursing Home Asset Protection?

When you hear the term “nursing home asset protection,” you may scratch your head a bit. First of all, you may assume that it is unlikely that you will ever need nursing home care. Secondly, you may be under the impression that Medicare will pay for nursing home care if you ever need it. In… Read more »

Estate Tax Exclusion Will Go Up in 2016

The federal estate tax exemption or exclusion is the amount that can be transferred after you pass away before the estate tax would be applied. You do not have to use any of this exclusion to leave tax-free bequests to your spouse, because there is an unlimited marital deduction. However, to use the unlimited marital… Read more »

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