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April 1, 2018 / Newsletters

Insight on Estate Planning, April/May 2018

Weinstock Manion is pleased to present the April/May 2018 issue of Insight on Estate Planning, our bi-monthly newsletter. We encourage you to read it for ways to implement your estate plan more effectively, including ways to minimize taxes on your estate so as to maximize its value for your loved ones. We realize that we cannot fully address these complex issues in a few short articles, so we invite you to contact us to discuss your specific needs.

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In this issue:

Estate planning for your business – Use an ESOP to properly address your closely held company
Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) offer closely held business owners an exit strategy and a tax-efficient technique for sharing equity with employees. An ESOP can also be a powerful estate and retirement planning tool. This article explains how ESOPs can help business owners address several planning challenges.

Are your assets protected from creditors?
One of the primary objectives of estate planning is protecting assets from unreasonable creditors’ claims, frivolous lawsuits or financial predators ― the reason being to pass as much wealth to family members as possible. This article explores several basic yet effective tools to protect hard-earned wealth.

Preparing a parent for a nursing home
If an elderly parent or other relative who lives alone is experiencing difficulty with daily living activities, it may be time to make the difficult decision to move him or her to a nursing home. This article examines the benefits of advance planning when a family must come together to discuss a potential move. A sidebar details the costs of a nursing home.

Estate Planning Pitfall – You haven’t transferred ownership of a life insurance policy to a trust
After recent tax legislation, including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, few tax shelters are left standing. One key exception is life insurance. This brief article details that, if certain requirements are met, the buildup of value in a life insurance policy is exempt from current income tax, while proceeds payable upon death can avoid estate tax.

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