In the present-day U.S., as in 19th-century Europe, a family bank can preserve wealth, provide family members with independent access to capital, and more -- it can substantially lessen the taxes that wealthy families pay on occasions of inter-generational wealth transfer.
There's no doubt about it -- second (and third) marriages are on the rise. Last week, Pew Research announced that 40 percent of all 2014 newlyweds had walked down the aisle before.
Following the death of a loved one, you may become the recipient of an unexpected parcel of real estate. Yet, with every windfall comes great obligations, so be prepared for the surprises you may encounter when inheriting property.
But in the eyes of the law, pets are property, not family members. And property is not treated the same as family. Like your children, have you made necessary provisions to make sure your pets will be well cared for and given the water, food, shelter and love that they need and deserve if and when you cannot be there for them?
No one wants to think about death, much less plan for the aftermath. But since is the one most inevitable event in our lives, don't we owe it to tho...
I've called myself other titles, masking that my income comes from the life insurance industry. There are multiple reasons why my lifetime occupation became a semi-hidden secret. The industry itself went through the same kind of identity crisis.
Whether you are looking to ensure your children's safety and future, or dictate how much of your earnings go back into the tax system, writing a will is an essential action and we can all benefit from taking advice from a genius like Einstein here.
The foundation of successful multi-generational planning begins with a conversation, often in the form of a family round table, whereby the heads of the family share their vision for the family, both now, and into the future.
You will be coping with lots of emotions and handling many complex financial decisions as well. You may have had a spouse that handled all the family finances in the past. If so, this may be a significant learning curve for you.
When you inherit money it usually accompanies a very emotional time. You may be still grieving over a lost relative or friend. Sometimes the sudden wealth from an inheritance can create even more stress in your life.
An ethical will communicates beliefs, ideas and life-defining experiences which, when unwritten, often go unknown.
One of the bigger mysteries, to many people, is why it seems that the process of offering a will to a judge for approval, called probate, can sometimes become highly complex -- and by "complex", I mean lengthy and expensive.
Investors over the years have told me that they have it all worked out. "I've got a will, a trust and spoke to an attorney." Often, those instructions were done years ago, sometimes decades ago.
The phrase "frozen assets" is one that strikes fear into the heart of many a wealthy citizen. Yet, for investors interested in protecting and passing on their wealth, there is a way to re-appropriate the concept of "frozen assets" in a beneficial and advantageous way.
Yes, it may be unromantic to discuss finances in the event of a divorce, but on the other hand, it is romantic to know that the person you are committing to for the rest of your life is open to discussing any issue, whether it be boring and even emotionally complicated.
It was January, 2001; one month after my husband's death. I awakened one morning to an envelope sent by a dauntingly large law firm; something that no one needs to receive immediately after you have buried your beloved.