In “Survivorship Life Insurance Useful for Estate Planning,” Insurance News explores how this kind of policy works in an estate plan to benefit heirs or to help make a charitable donation. As the name implies, proceeds are not paid until the last survivor passes—typically a surviving spouse.
This is a real advantage for lower pricing. In many marriages, another benefit to consider is the benefit to a female spouse. Statistically, women tend to outlive men and this fact is reflected in lower premiums, meaning you could buy twice as much face amount in a survivorship policy as you could in an individual policy for the same amount of money.Read More
Many parents of children struggling with addiction or mental illness are focused on caring for their children and some may have thought about who will care for them after they’re gone. The New York Times article “For Parents with Troubled Adult Children, Financial Hurdles Abound” looks at a few of the concrete steps parents of addicted children can take that won’t unintentionally enable an addiction.Read More
This is a story that any professional working with seniors finds particularly abhorrent. An investigation by the New Jersey State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice uncovered a scheme by a New Jersey woman, her sister and several others—including an attorney—to steal millions from elderly clients they were supposed to be helping. The story was reported by New Jersey 101.5 in “NJ woman pleads guilty to scamming millions of dollars from the elderly.”Read More
Caring for a vulnerable parent or spouse can become a huge problem when siblings and relatives are busy doing battle with each other instead of taking care of their family member. In extreme cases, which are more common than you might imagine, the situation can escalate until a guardianship procedure is the only solution.Read More
Grandchildren are often a big part of estate planning, as there are certain advantages to passing assets along to the youngest generation in the family. For individuals who have owned blue chip stocks with high values for several decades, when and how to gift these stocks requires a detailed analysis of the tax implications.Read More