The Wall Street Journal Complete Estate Planning Guidebook

The Wall Street Journal Complete Estate Planning Guidebook

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Let&;s face it: you can't avoid death or taxes. But you can create an estate plan that will make both a whole lot easier for your loved ones and put you in control of how your assets will get passed to your heirs. 
 
Here, Wall Street Journal personal-finance reporter Rachel Emma Silverman walks you step-by-step through the process. Chock-full of clear and solid advice on how to get the most out of the main estate planning tools - including wills, trusts, life insurance, guardianship papers, and powers-of-attorney documents - the Wall Street Journal Complete Estate-Planning Guidebook will help make your estate-planning process as simple, smooth, and unintimidating as possible.

This book will help you:
·      Clarify your estate-planning goals, such as dividing up property for heirs, reducing taxes or leaving money for charity
·      Understand the key estate-planning documents you&;ll need, including wills, beneficiary-designation forms, powers-of-attorney and health-care advance directives
·      Decode the technical jargon that estate planners often use, so you feel comfortable discussing QTIPs and QPRTs when you sit down with your lawyer. 
·      Reduce possible estate, gift or generation-skipping taxes and legal and probate fees &; decreasing what goes to the tax man and increasing what goes to your heirs
·      Learn strategies to divide money and personal property among your heirs, and reduce the possibility of family fights
·      Discuss sensitive estate-planning issues with your family
·      Maintain your estate-plan over time, including how to store and when to update your documents
 
With completely up-to-date information on how to navigate the new 2011 estate tax legislation, and thoughtful advice on how to handle your estate in complicated situations &; like if you&;re single, in a same-sex relationship, or wish to provide for children with special needs -  this is the estae-planning guide for today&;s messy and complicated world.
 
One of the biggest estate planning mistakes people make, says Silverman, is waiting too long to start. Which is why the Wall Street Journal Complete Estate-Planning Guidebook isn&;t just for those planning for retirement or their golden years. It&;s for anyone, of any age, who wants the peace of mind of knowing that your wishes will be respected and your hard-earned money will get passed on as you would like.

Baker & Taylor
Offers advice on estate-planning, identifies key documents, and explains the technical jargon.

Publisher: New York : Crown Business, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307461278
0307461270
Branch Call Number: 332.024 SI
Characteristics: xv, 181 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Wall Street journal

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