Top Ten Trusts – 1 thru 3

First, I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY. DO NOT RELY ON ME FOR LEGAL ADVICE! However, I have been a financial planner for a long time and do know something about the relevance of trusts and how they might be used in a financial planning context. I decided to talk about this today ( and on …

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A Revocable Living Trust?

My Comments: For the record, I am NOT an attorney. However, questions always surface about trusts. What are they exactly, how do they work, what kinds are there, which ones are appropriate for me, etc. These words from Jim Probasco go a long way toward a better understanding about the most common form of trust …

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Which Trust to Use?

My Comments: First, a DISCLAIMER: I am NOT an attorney and it would be best if no one accuses me of practicing law without a license. There’s an ongoing issue about this in Florida right now. But I do get asked questions about trusts and it helps to have a little basic knowledge. I also …

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Seven Trust-Based Asset Protections Strategies for Clients

My Comments: This comes courtesy of a local friend and attorney who includes me among those with whom he shares insights. I'm unsure who should get credit for writing the actual text. Over these many years I've had many clients with trusts of one kind or another and clients who needed trusts but didn't have …

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When to Leave Your Money in a Trust

My Comments: Recently, two clients have asked me about asset protection and whether they should start thinking about a trust. The answer is maybe. First, I have to remind everyone that I am not an attorney, and cannot advise people on legal matters. However, I can share basic knowledge that I’ve picked up over the …

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ESTATE PLANNING IS NOT JUST FOR THE WEALTHY

My Comments: As a financial planner for many years, one of the skill sets I’ve tried to develop, mindful that I am not an attorney, is estate planning. Until recently, this topic was mostly focused on the “death tax issue”. When someone died, and died with a lot of money or property, the financial threat …

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Are Your Clients Better Prepared Than Abraham Lincoln Was?

My Comments: This came as a reminder to me that none of has a contract with God to be here tomorrow, much less a few years from now. And there are things you should anticipate and take care of to make sure your family is not turned upside down when that lack of contract turns …

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