Estate Planning for the Modern Family: Why Trusts Still Matter

Sharon L. Klein |
Wealth Planning
Multi racial step family preparing for barbecued lunch in garden, bonding, togetherness, food and drink

Comprehensive estate planning allows individuals and couples to maximize control over where their assets will go upon their death — while helping to minimize taxes so they can leave as much as possible to each other, their loved ones, and charitable causes.While this sounds simple enough, most laws regarding how estates are handled are designed with a traditional nuclear family in mind—a husband and wife and their biological children. Although the U.S.

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Minimize the Impact of the Kiddie Tax with Proper Planning

Alison Quinn |
Emerald GEMs

April 20, 2021—When the “kiddie tax” became law in 1986, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began taxing a child’s unearned income, such as interest and dividends, at the parent’s tax rate rather than at the child’s far lower rate. Although the kiddie tax rules can lead to harsh consequences for many families, with proper planning they may create tax-saving opportunities for higher-income taxpayers.

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Gifting Assets Under a Biden Administration

Alvina H. Lo |
Emerald GEMs

January 26, 2021, GEM 31 — With the Biden administration and Democrat-controlled Congress now in place, the lifetime gift exemption—currently at an all-time high—could revert to a drastically lower level sooner rather than later. Therefore, now is the time for gifting assets while the higher exemption is still available. In today’s podcast, Chief Wealth Strategist Alvina Lo discusses actionable estate planning strategies, including common roadblocks and how to overcome them.

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