As of January 1, 2013, the federal estate and gift tax “exemption amount” will go from $5 million to $1 million.  The tax rate will increase from 35% to 55% (in some cases higher than 55%).  While Congress may change this before year-end (or make retroactive changes early next year), there is no assurance that

Most of us now have multiple on-line accounts that require some sort of password in order to access that account.  Concerns about privacy and protecting assets make us inclined to keep these passwords secret.  Unfortunately, very few people consider what happens if they die and no one can access their on-line accounts.

Your asset protection/estate

Transferring an asset under certain circumstances can constitute a fraudulent conveyance.  Refusing to accept an asset can also constitute a fraudulent conveyance.

Let’s say that you owe a creditor a significant amount of money.  You then learn that you have received a substantial inheritance.  If you take the inheritance it will go to the creditor.  So

It is generally estimated that more than half of all Americans have absolutely no estate planning documents.  This can potentially create a lot of hassles for your loved ones.

But even those Americans with very good estate planning documents often fail to focus on asset protection for their children and other beneficiaries.  If you simply

Family limited liability companies can be a convenient vehicle to hold and administer family investments.  They offer significant benefits from both an estate planning and asset protection standpoint.  Until recently, the entity of choice for family investments was a family limited partnership (often just called an FLP).  While there is nothing wrong with an FLP, we are