November 4th, 2019

Reap Tax Benefits From Giving with a Qualified Charitable Distribution

Montgomery County residents overall tend to be generous people, with the average person donating between three percent and five percent of his or her income to charitable causes each year. However, changes to federal tax law in 2017 that can make it less advantageous tax-wise to make charitable contributions were one factor that led to … Continue reading “Reap Tax Benefits From Giving with a Qualified Charitable Distribution”

June 13th, 2019

Gifts- Taxable or Not?

In Clark Kendall’s book, Middle-Class Millionaire: Surprisingly Simple Strategies to Grow and Enjoy Your Wealth, chapter 18 explains “Planned Giving” and walks through best practices of gifting. Below is a story about Rich and Barbara and real-life examples of how to gift efficiently. Rich is a retired film stuntman who, after a long career, is … Continue reading “Gifts- Taxable or Not?”

May 8th, 2019

TOD or Living Trust?

How do you keep assets out of probate? If this question is on your mind, you should know that there are two basic ways to achieve that objective. One, you could create a revocable living trust. You can serve as its trustee, and you can fund it by retitling certain accounts and assets into the … Continue reading “TOD or Living Trust?”

April 10th, 2019

Teaching Your Heirs to Value Your Wealth

Some millionaires are reluctant to talk to their kids about family wealth. Perhaps they are afraid of what their heirs may do with it. If a child comes from money and grows up knowing they can expect a sizable inheritance, that child may look at family wealth like water from a free-flowing spigot with no … Continue reading “Teaching Your Heirs to Value Your Wealth”

March 14th, 2019

The Importance of TOD & JTWROS Designations

TOD, JTWROS – what do these obscure acronyms signify? They are shorthand for transfer on death and joint tenancy with right of survivorship – two designations that permit automatic transfer of bank or investment accounts from a deceased spouse to a surviving spouse. This automatic transfer of assets reflects a legal tenet called the right … Continue reading “The Importance of TOD & JTWROS Designations”