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What Questions to Ask before a Midlife Marriage?

POSTED ON: May 7, 2024 BY: Kyle Krull
Getting married in midlife can be more complex financially than getting married directly after graduation.
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SECURE Act

Do Your IRA Beneficiaries Align with the SECURE Act?

POSTED ON: April 16, 2024 BY: Kyle Krull
The SECURE Act took away the option for a lifetime stretch IRA in estate planning.
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QTIP Trust

What Role Does a QTIP Trust Play in Estate Planning?

POSTED ON: March 6, 2024 BY: Kyle Krull
Although QTIP trusts provide both asset preservation and estate tax benefits, working with an experienced estate planning attorney is essential for ensuring this estate planning tool functions properly. 
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Life insurance

How Can Life Insurance Work With My Estate Plan?

POSTED ON: February 8, 2024 BY: Kyle Krull
Life insurance is a versatile estate planning tool - much like a Swiss Army Knife. Estate planning requires more than a life insurance policy. A life insurance policy does not designate guardians, executors, or financial and healthcare agents. A last will and testament, trusts, and power of attorney documents are required to provide these protections. […]
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Marital Trusts

Who Can Benefit From Marital Trusts?

POSTED ON: December 19, 2023 BY: Kyle Krull
Marital trusts protect couples and their families. Family gatherings are common during the holidays. For some, these are fairly simple logistically and emotionally. Loved ones live nearby and get along reasonably well. For many, the time is filled with stress around scheduling and relationship dynamics. It can be hard enough to manage holidays between the […]
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life insurance

How Many Beneficiaries Should Life Insurance Have?

POSTED ON: October 6, 2023 BY: Kyle Krull
Life insurance is traditionally passed through beneficiary designations. Having an income is essential to living in America. Bills must be paid. Groceries must be purchased. Consequently, families who lose a parent with a paycheck are left more vulnerable. According to a recent yahoo! finance article titled “What happens if your life insurance beneficiary dies before you?,” […]
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Tori Spelling

Was Tori Spelling Left Without an Inheritance?

POSTED ON: September 21, 2023 BY: Kyle Krull
Tori Spelling may not have liked how her father structured his estate. Fame and fortune do not buy happiness. Numerous celebrities have had tumultuous relationships with spouses, parents, and other family members. These tensions can be highlighted through estate planning and reactions to the plans. According to a recent Page Six article titled “Tori Spelling’s […]
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Types of trusts

What Are Different Types of Trusts?

POSTED ON: September 19, 2023 BY: Kyle Krull
The types of trusts people use depend on their goals. Estate planning can have various components depending on individual specific needs and goals. Smaller estates with responsible heirs may find arranging for direct non-probate transfers of their assets sufficient, with a last will and testament as a backup. Larger estates or those with more financial […]
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IRA mistakes

How Costly are IRA Mistakes?

POSTED ON: September 13, 2023 BY: Kyle Krull
It is easy to make mistakes with IRA investments. There are often tradeoffs when comparing costs versus benefits. With IKEA furniture, you trade the time and frustration of assembly for the convenience of easily packing the entire piece of furniture into a vehicle. Consequently, it is not uncommon for mistakes to be made along the […]
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Portability

How Does Portability Help a Surviving Spouse?

POSTED ON: September 7, 2023 BY: Kyle Krull
Portability tax exclusion benefits have been extended. People cannot escape taxes. Purchase something. Pay a tax. Own a vehicle or real estate. Pay a recurring tax. Make an income. Pay a tax. Die with a specific amount of wealth. Pay a tax. According to a recent The CPA Journal article titled "Portability of Deceased Spousal Unused Exclusion […]
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