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December 2018 Archives

IRS and Aretha Franklin's estate at odds over back taxes

Most in Saint Charles equate the tax responsibilities of an estate to be those owed in estate taxes. Federal estate tax exemptions often exempt most from owing any estate tax at all, so those administering an estate may believe that they do not have to worry about any tax liabilities. Yet estate tax exemptions do not apply to any outstanding income tax that a decedent may have owed at the time of their death. Such tax liabilities would continue to be treated like any other debts that need to be settled from an estate's assets. 

Play director quits over dispute with writer's estate

A major part of estate planning in Saint Charles is choosing an executor. Such a decision should not be taken lightly, as an executor assumes a complex job that may test their capabilities and even require a lifelong commitment. This is especially true in cases involving estate that count intellectual and artistic properties amongst their assets. Others may want to try and utilize such properties in other works in the future. This requires an executor to oversee the use of these assets, or more importantly, prevent their perceived misuse. 

How can HOAs enforce their rules?

Running or operating a homeowner’s association can come with a variety of difficulties, one of which comes with enforcing the rules and regulations of the association. Homeowners do not always abide by the rules laid out by the association, either by accident or with intent. How can homeowner’s associations successfully enforce these rules and what can happen when someone breaks these rules?

Estate plan revision after a work injury

Multiple things can go wrong in life that make it necessary to go over your estate plan and make other important changes. For example, a marriage may break down or someone may lose one of their family members in an auto accident. Many other issues can necessitate estate plan revision, such as a work-related injury. If you were hurt on the job, you may be wondering how you will recover from the accident at the time being. However, you should try to think about some of the other long-term challenges that may arise, such as those related to your estate plan.

Examining Missouri's treatment of no-contest clauses

Those currently engaged in the estate planning process in Saint Charles no doubt grapple with the concern that not all of their beneficiaries will be satisfied with how their estates will be distributed. The hope is that even with certain people being disappointed, no disagreements will arise that are serious enough to hinder the dispersal of the estate. Some might suggest that one preparing a will should be pre-emptive in preventing disputes by included a no-contest clause. Many often question, however, whether such clauses are even enforceable. 

How can I protect a family member against fraud?

Elderly people are often a target of frauds and scams. Unfortunately, if your relative falls victim to such a scam there can be little to do to get back any money lost, which can get in the way of financial matters like estate planning. There are steps you can take to protect your loved one however, as explained by AARP.

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