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Counselor Cobbler, Do Your Children Have Shoes?

There is an old (very old, I think) saying that goes something like this… “the cobbler’s children have no shoes.”  The idea, of course, is that the cobbler is so busy making shoes for other people that he doesn’t take time to make sure his children have shoes.  In my experience, lawyers can quite often […]

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Do You Need Life Insurance for Life?

Not everyone needs life insurance. Some of those that do can be handled with simple solutions. Others may be best served by more complex planning. Determining Your Need for Life Insurance Insurance of any kind is simply a transfer of risk. Premiums are payments to shift the financial risk from you to the carrier. Life […]

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2 Important Considerations When Inheriting a Retirement Account

When a spouse passes away, the list of things the survivor must do may seem endless.   In the weeks following their death, there are decisions to be made, paperwork to be completed, and lots to track down.   Suppose a surviving spouse is the primary beneficiary of a retirement account (such as a Traditional IRA, Roth […]

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Gifting of Carried Interest – A Strategy To Save Estate Taxes

One of the common pain points for financial professionals (private equity professionals, investment bankers, and asset managers) that we hear is “I pay too much in taxes.” Most professionals typically are talking about income taxes; however, estate taxes often get overlooked. If you are a private equity professional, one of the great tactics unique to […]

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Gifting Stock Options to Family Members – What You Need to Know

Stock options have long been an attractive component of executive compensation. Sometimes we are asked if it is possible to transfer employee stock options to family members as part of an estate reduction strategy. It’s an interesting question and possible under certain circumstances. For executives that know they have enough to meet other goals and […]

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5 Estate Planning Musts After a Spouse Dies

When a spouse passes away, the remaining spouse is often left to grieve the loss of their partner and to wade through a seemingly unending list of things to do. If you’ve lost a close family member, you’ve probably experienced needing to make final arrangements, settling final bills, going through financial records, etc. While it […]

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The Widow’s Tax Penalty and How to Plan for it

If you are a couple filing your taxes jointly, one of you will likely file as an individual one day. Some statistics say as much as 80% of wives will outlive their husbands. The widow’s “tax penalty” or “tax trap,” as some call it, refers to the situation many surviving spouses face with having to […]

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Watching the Sunset – Current Estate Tax Laws vs New Proposals

With the presidential election behind us and Joe Biden entering the Oval Office in January, questions and uncertainties still exist regarding his proposed tax package. With the “Blue Wave” of Democratic control over the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives seemingly less likely, major tax reform that was a pillar of Biden’s presidential platform […]

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Post Election 2020 – Where Do Taxes Go From Here?

On November 17th, we hosted a virtual conversation with BDF’s income and estate tax planning experts during which we shared our insights on what the results of the election mean for estate and income tax changes in the future as well as what you need to consider before year-end given the potentially changing landscape. We […]

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Estate Tax Exemption – Use it Now!

Federal tax law levies a tax on the value of assets you own at death.  The estate tax is levied at a 40% rate and can severely impact the transfer of wealth to future generations.  Many business owners are simply unaware that the value of their business exposes them to the tax and that may […]

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Working Wealthy – The Estate Planning Cliché

Those that know me well know I love a good cliché. In fact, I usually wear them out to the point that I can feel my wife’s eyes roll when I’ve used a phrase one too many times. And so, I’m evolving. I realize that while clichés are an easy way to explain an idea, […]

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Exiting Your Business? 3 Critical Considerations

Selling a business is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication to a way of life.  The seller has one opportunity to get the sale “right” to maximize retirement wealth and preserve that which will be transferred to future generations.  Of course, there are many detailed considerations, but the early focus should be […]

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