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Estate Planning With Retirement Benefits - Werner Law Firm

Estate Planning With Retirement Benefits

An increasing number of Americans are growing the bulk of their wealth through retirement accounts (such as IRAs and 401(k)s), especially as defined benefit pension plans have become increasingly rare. Few people are expecting to survive on Social Security exclusively. With this investment comes to an important question – what will you do with the

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What Is a Certified Estate Planner, Exactly? - Werner Law Firm

What Is a Certified Estate Planner, Exactly?

Whether you are looking to build your legal knowledge base or create an estate plan that best suits your needs and circumstances, it is essential to know what certified estate planner types and organizations exist and are available to you and what each entity entails requires. Certified estate planner roles exist to set an industry

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6 Key Retirement Planning Steps to Take - Werner Law Firm

6 Key Retirement Planning Steps to Take

Retirement can be fun; a chance to revitalize old interests, explore your passions, seek a new purpose, enjoy time with your loved ones, or dedicate yourself to something other than work. But to get to all that, you must first prepare how to get there through successful retirement planning. As pensions become increasingly rare or

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Is Your Estate Plan “Trustworthy"? - Werner Law Firm

Is Your Estate Plan “Trustworthy”?

Most people have the misconception that a trust is a tool or plan reserved for the incredibly rich, built purely for tax avoidance purposes, and irrelevant for most families. Yet trusts can prove incredibly useful for everyday Americans, and may: Help your family avoid probate. Minimize the impact of state estate taxes on modest estates.

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What Exactly Is Modern Estate Planning? - Werner Law Firm

What Exactly Is Modern Estate Planning?

The model of the typical family has been shifting away from the “traditional” setup since the post-war era. From married couples with children (which accounted for about 79 percent of families in 1950, but only 55 percent in 1990), to a combination of heterosexual married couples, single-parent households, same-sex households, cohabitating parents, blended families, multi-generational

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Does Beneficiary Designation Override a Will? - Werner Law Firm

Does Beneficiary Designation Override a Will?

Beneficiary designation exists for vehicles, bank accounts, and smaller properties, but they are most utilized in retirement accounts and life insurance policies. A beneficiary designation provides the basis for an immediate transfer of any assets to that beneficiary upon the original owner’s death. Beneficiary designations bypass the probate process and are subject to unique federal

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