10 Estate Planning Questions to Ask Before Year-End

If you have not revisited your estate plan this year following the changes made to the estate and gift tax laws by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 passed by Congress on Jan. 1, 2013, ask yourself these 10 questions then schedule a meeting with your Personal Family Lawyer®:

1.  Should your estate plan be changed to reflect any new laws?  new assets? changes in your life?

2.  Are your assets being tracked so that if anything happens to you, your family knows exactly how to access everything you own right now?

3.  If you have a family LLC or limited partnership, has it been properly maintained to comply with tax laws?

4.  If you have made gifts to family or friends, have you exceeded your exemption limit for the year?

5.  Are you maximizing opportunities for income tax deductions in 2013?

6.  Are the people you have designated as executor, trustee or beneficiaries still the right ones?

7.  Are you employing the best strategies for year-end charitable gifting?

8.  If you donate cash to a charity from an IRA, are those being made properly?

9.  Is there an opportunity to use a trust to protect assets?

10.   What considerations should you be giving to managing capital gains and timing long-term losses?

As a Personal Family Lawyer®, I can further advise you on all your options and make things as easy as possible for your family during a Family Wealth Planning Session.  If you would like to have a talk about estate planning for your family, call our office today to schedule a time for us to sit down and talk.

To your family’s health, wealth and happiness!

David Feakes

P.S.  Want to get started on the most important planning you’ll ever do for your family?  Give our office a call at (978) 263-6900 to get started.  You’ll be so glad you did.

David Feakes is the owner of The Parents Estate Planning Law Firm, PC – a law firm for families in the Acton, Massachusetts area.  David helps parents protect the people they love the most.  If you would like to receive David’s exclusive, free report, “Six Major Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing An Estate Planning Attorney,”  you can get it right here.

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