Estate Planning Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 7

Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2016 – Legendary pop music icon David Bowie, who recently died at the age of 69 of liver cancer, exercised much creativity concerning his estate planning in an effort to preserve his assets for his family. It was reported that he experienced financial problems in the 1970s and 80s, almost to the point of bankruptcy. However, in the 90s, he took charge of his finances by selling an interest in his archive of music. Investment banker David Pullman was instrumental in helping Bowie develop “Bowie Bonds,” which permitted him to sell a 10-year […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 2, 2016 – Many baby boomers expect to work for a longer period of time and would prefer a phased retirement in which they gradually reduce the number of hours they work and/or work remotely. Therefore, they are seeking assistance from an increasing number of firms that concentrate on placing older workers in part-time and temporary positions in certain industries. While some jobs can be performed in the office, others can be completed from home or another remote area. According to a retirement study conducted in 2013, almost half of the participants expressed […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2016 – An estate-planning method that was one time frequently used was an irrevocable trust that held a life insurance policy, with the objective that the death benefit be used to pay estate taxes. This technique permitted the policy’s benefits to be applied toward payment of the estate taxes of the individual who died without inclusion of the policy in the estate. Although this method remains useful, it is not as common because the threshold for being affected by the estate tax has increased to such a degree that only the affluent […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2016 – Many retirees are considering putting their home on the market and moving to a less expensive area. Two married couples did exactly that when they left their homes in Maryland and moved to Florida. Barbara and Mike West made the decision to sell their home in a suburb of Maryland that they had owned for 26 years. Encouraged by a desire to escape the Mid-Atlantic winters, they thought about relocating to Hawaii, where they had resided during Mike West’s time in the Navy. However, they concluded that it was too […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2016 – Although retirees’ health-care expenses are often high, there are options to handle their potential medical expenses. In a study conducted by Fidelity Investments, it was revealed that in 2014, a couple aged 65 would have required $220,000 to pay for health-care costs in their retirement years, excluding skilled nursing care. According to the American Council of Life Insurers, the average annual cost of care in a nursing home is approximately $81,000, with 2.6 years as the average time spent in a home by an elderly female patient, and 2.3 years […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2016 – Special needs trusts (SNTs) are established for beneficiaries who are physically or mentally disabled. They are drafted in such a way that the beneficiary can reap the benefits of property that is held in trust for them while simultaneously maintaining eligibility to receive needs-based government benefits. The three kinds of SNTs are first-party, third-party and pooled trusts. First-party SNTs are used to hold property owned by the person with special needs, and are established by the disabled person’s parent, grandparent, conservator or the court. These trusts apply in cases in which […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2016 – One of the best things a person can do in the New Year is put their legal affairs in order. This is because life is so unpredictable, and it is impossible to know if and when someone might become incapacitated and unable to manage their own affairs, including taking care of their children and making decisions concerning health care. The estate planning process can include a will that identifies the beneficiaries of assets upon the testator’s death, and specific documents that will help loved ones make important decisions in the event […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2016 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has relaxed its regulations for new accounts that will permit people with disabilities to save money without risking loss of their government benefits. In 2015, the IRS proposed rules governing how accounts created under the Achieve a Better Life Experience (ABLE) would function. However, the agency met with a considerable amount of opposition from disability advocates and state officials who stated that the proposed rules would be unduly onerous. In response, the IRS has issued preliminary guidelines pending release of the final regulations that include less […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2016 – The majority of individuals who purchase life insurance wish to replace their income should they die prematurely. They can choose a term plan that ends upon retirement. Another option is to pay for retirement by using a permanent life insurance policy, and withdrawing funds from the plan’s cash reserve. However, there are possible drawbacks when using this strategy. According to experts, whole life insurance may not be an appropriate investment vehicle because it is costly and not liquid. “When considering retirement planning, it is important to obtain sound investment advice […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2016 – Those who have blended families can face difficult estate planning issues. They may wish to leave a portion of their estate to their current spouse and their children, their children from prior marriages, and in some instances, their children from their spouses’ prior marriages. It can be a daunting task to provide for all members of one’s family. It is best not to depend on a spouse and children to work things out because there could be family arguments and possible litigation following one’s death. There are some estate planning vehicles […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2016 – When creating a trust fund, parents can select a trustee to be in charge of the funds for as long as the parents wish. One way of structuring inheritance is to have the trustee distribute the funds in three separate amounts. For example, the trustee could give the child one sum upon graduation from college, or at age 22, the second a few years later, and the last at around age 30. The main reason cited by parents for releasing the funds in stages rather than all at once is […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2016 – The last thing that couples wish to think about is the possibility of the death of a spouse. However, failing to prepare for that eventuality can only make matters worse if it occurs. According to a NerdWallet survey of over 2,000 married adults, one in three couples is without life insurance. Among those who have life insurance, 43 percent state that they would not be financially ready if their spouse died. In order to offer some semblance of security for one’s family, there are some steps that couples can take to […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2016 – Although it is highly unusual for one to serve as health care proxy for one’s boss, that is exactly what will occur in the case of 92-year-old Sumner Redstone, the executive chairman of Viacom Inc. Redstone has designated his Chief Executive Officer, Philippe Dauman, to be his health fiduciary in the event he can no longer make health care decisions for himself. Dauman’s control over Redstone’s health care includes the right to determine whether he should be given food or water if he is unable to make such decisions. Dauman speaks […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2016 – Many veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), but some of them are not being properly diagnosed because of the use of a test by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Consider the case of Army Captain Charles Gatlin, who served as a platoon leader in Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2006. A car bomb detonated in close proximity and he was knocked to the ground by the explosion and struck by flying debris. He was evacuated and later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 12, 2016 – While most people would like to live a long life, not everyone is financially prepared for it, especially if long-term care is needed. According to personal finance experts, within each person’s budget, money should be allocated toward a long-term care plan. In this way, an individual can develop a strategy to assist with daily living activities in the event of becoming infirm. Each day ten thousand baby boomers reach the age of 65, and approximately 70 percent of Americans will ultimately require long-term care services. There are important factors to […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2016 – The latest survey conducted by Genworth reveals that among individuals without long-term care insurance coverage and have no plans to purchase such coverage within the next five years, only 15 percent have a backup plan. There are choices for financing long-term care for many Americans prepared to make compromises. “In planning for long-term care, one must become aware of the various options available in order to select a policy that provides the desired amount of care and is not cost-prohibitive,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2015 – There are a number of reasons for jointly owning assets, such as a home, land, vehicles and financial accounts. People who are older frequently enter into joint ownership of assets in order to facilitate access by their adult children, other relatives or friends in the event that the older persons lose capacity. Another rationale for joint ownership of assets is the avoidance of probate as the assets pass to one owner upon the demise of the other. Among the most typical jointly owned assets is a bank account, which is […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2015 – There are a number of options when preparing for long-term care, which will be needed by up to 70 percent of individuals age 65 or older, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The HHS predicts that 20 percent will require long-term care for over five years. Long-term care can include 24-hour supervision or help with personal care and other responsibilities. Whatever kind of long-term care required, it is advisable to plan for one’s health and well-being long before retirement. Long-term care is usually defined as the […]


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Santa Clara, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2015 – The Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE) today announced that Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll, longtime experts in the field of special needs planning, will present an informative and timely seminar on January 25, 2016 at 6pm at the PACE School. The program is open to the community at large. Topics covered will include: – Update on the ABLE Act: a tax favored bank account to supplement Special Needs Trust planning – Five myths or misunderstandings about Special Needs Trusts and asset protection – The […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2015 – It is generally assumed that student loan debt is a problem faced only by the young. However, that is not always the case. Seniors are increasingly having a difficult time paying off their student loans, even to the point at which their Social Security benefits are offset when they are unable to make payments. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), in 2010, four percent of Americans ages 65 to 74 had federal student loan debt. This represents an increase of one percent from the year 2004. The collective amount […]


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