How to Solve Your Annuity Problem

Fixed Annuities can be cut in half

What Annuity Problem? Let’s use an example to explain. Clara and Thomas have conservatively purchased a fixed annuity with a flat rate of return. Over the years, they have watched their initial investment of $2 million grow to a sizable $5 million. A fixed annuity is tax-deferred, and the principal and interest are guaranteed. Sounds… Read more »

Saving Your Qualified Retirement Plan

Military team working together

In Saving Private Ryan, Tom Hanks played an army captain for a band of men whose mission was to find Private Ryan and escort him safely home (because his 3 brothers had already lost their lives in World War II). Though your qualified retirement plan is not a matter of life and death, it may… Read more »

How to Have your Cake and Eat it Too

Grandparents sharing cake with grandchild

The recent tax reform has left some people wondering whether estate planning is still necessary. It is (we discuss this in detail here). If you die after 2026, the estate tax exemption goes back to 2017 limits (around $5 million or so).  Above that, your children will see 40% of your wealth go to the federal… Read more »

Married Couples: Estate Planning for Him and Her

Estate Planning for Married Couples

What better way to show your love than to make sure that you have an estate plan that covers and protects your spouse, while at the same time maximizing wealth transfer to your children (and grandchildren)?  Protection can come in the form of reducing the taxes that will be owed on your estate, or reducing… Read more »

Give While the Giving is Good

Giving Money

While we may or may not agree with President Donald Trump’s policies, the recent tax reform does allow for an increase of wealth transfer to the next generation for the next 8 years. The estate tax exemption limit has increased from around $5 million to about $11.2 million (the IRS website notes that the adjustment… Read more »

New Year’s Resolution: Leave a Lasting Family Legacy

Family Legacy Trust: Planting a Legacy

It’s never too late to start making better choices. Each New Year offers an opportunity for a bit of healthy introspection, a chance to do something differently. Here is why creating a Family Legacy Trust should be at the top of the New Year’s Resolution list this year: New tax reform laws effective as of… Read more »