Estate Planning 2010

Welcome to 2010 and a happy and healthy new year to everyone. We can all use a fresh start from time to time, and the new year is ripe for new, innovative ideas and resolutions to grow and improve. Furthermore, as we enter the next decade, we are reminded (most of us anyway) how quickly time passes, and that we need to make the most of every day with our loved ones…family, friends and others.

With that said, 2010 is going to be an important year for estate planning for many people. We are in a state of flux right now. Here are some updates and some ideas to consider in 2010:

– The federal estate tax is currently on hiatus, but with that, step up in basis was also repealed for the year. This could put a squeeze on many people.

– Your retirement assets are probably one of the largest assets you own, yet they are often not protected. We can help you build an Retirement Asset Protection Trust or retirement trust to protect this asset and also allow them to grow, especially if you wish to see these assets passed on to your heirs and grandkids.

– So many people have not updated their estate plans for a long time. I hear people all the time saying things like, they do not know where their will is… they don’t know who their executor is… they had a will amendment (codicil) written but they never signed it… they haven’t updated their will since 1985. I recommend in any of these situations to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible to make sure your estate plan is up to date.

– Related to that, in modern estate planning, regardless of tax planning, a will is often not adequate to protect your assets especially if you have minor children (or even grown children!). Think about coming in to sit down with us and evaluate whether your estate plan needs some new tools from our toolbox.

Have a great 2010 and be sure to keep reading our blog for the latest in estate planning news and techniques.