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Estate Planning for Brady Bunch Families

By Libby Banks, The Law Office of Libby Banks In first marriages, a couple generally has identical goals for their estate planning: take care of the surviving spouse for as long as he or she lives, then distribute what’s left to their children. But second marriages can be different. The blended family – his children, her children and sometimes their children as well – can require more complicated planning. Each spouse may have separate assets as well as their joint and community assets. Both usually want at least some of their assets to go to their own children after they die....

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A Gift to your Children may Raise their Tax Bill

By Libby Banks, The Law Office of Libby Banks Lifetime gifts may cost your children dearly in capital gains taxes. It all revolves around something called income tax basis. While income tax basis may not be the most exciting topic, it is very important. Simply put, what you don’t know about income tax basis could end up costing you or your family dearly in capital gains taxes. When we do estate planning we consider tax basis. It’s one way we keep your hard-earned money in your and your heirs’ wallets. What is Basis and Why Should I Care? Basis, from an income tax...

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What the Changes in the Federal Estate Tax Laws mean for your Estate Plan?

By Libby Banks, The Law Office of Libby Banks Early this year, Congress passed, and the President signed, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Among the changes made to federal tax laws was an increase of the exemption for federal estate taxes to $11.2 Million per person through 2025, at which time it decreases to around $6 Million per person. Estate taxes won’t be levied on any of your assets under the exemption amount.  What does this mean for you? It may mean that you need to change your estate plan. What you have now could be too complicated or cumbersome...

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