If you are a single person with an estate in excess of $675,000 or a married couple with an estate in excess of $1,350,000, estate tax planning should be an important part of your financial plan. That is because estates above these levels become subject to federal estate taxes under current laws. By careful estate tax planning, you can develop a strategy for passing on to your heirs as much of your estate as possible.
We seek to provide a general understanding of the basic working rules of estate tax planning. This is not intended to include tax or legal advice but rather to indicate the need for professional counsel. We will provide you with the information you need to work with your own attorney and tax counsel or help you identify appropriate counsel in that regard.
Your financial plan will contain an analysis of your present estate settlement arrangements and distribution patterns. Our intention is to determine the anticipated settlement expenses and disclose potential problems in your present plan. This section will provide facts upon which to base decisions concerning alterations in your estate plan. In order for an estate plan to be effective, it should meet certain objectives and achieve the following:
- Determine the most advantageous means of owning family properties.
- Minimize estate and income taxes, administrative expenses, executor's commissions and attorney's fees.
- Provide adequate available funds to meet unknown and anticipated settlement expenses.
- Preserve the assets you have worked hard to accumulate and pass them to those you intend to inherit them.
- Provide funds for debt repayment if desired, educational expenses, and an adequate income to survivors.
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