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There is no shortage of advice flying around about estate planning, much of it from people who aren't even lawyers. Get insight on the popular pitfalls and how emerging economic shifts like cryptocurrency can affect your plan.

Asset Protection, Family Financial Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
7 Last-Minute Moves To Save On Your Taxes For 2021

Although many strategies to save on your income taxes must be locked in before the end of the year, there...

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With Tax Laws in Flux: What Should You Do Now?

On September 13, 2021, Democrats in the House of Representatives released a new $3.5 trillion proposed sp...

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Proposed Changes To Tax Laws That Will Impact Estate Planning—Part 1

On September 13, 2021, Democrats in the House of Representatives released a new $3.5 trillion proposed sp...

Asset Protection, Family Financial Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
3 Ways To Benefit By Incorporating Charitable Giving Into Your Estate Plan

You are likely well aware of the tax benefits that come from donating to charity during your lifetime—don...

Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
6 Ways The American Rescue Plan Can Boost Your Family’s Finances—Part 2

Signed into law on March 11th, President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) is ...

Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
6 Ways The American Rescue Plan Can Boost Your Family’s Finances - Part 1

Signed into law on March 11th, President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) is ...

Family Financial Planning, Planning for Seniors, Save Money On Your Taxes
7 Ways To Save Big Money On Your 2020 Taxes—Part 2

2020 was a nightmarish year for many families. But thanks to recent legislation, you could see a silver l...

Family Financial Planning, Planning for Seniors, Save Money On Your Taxes
7 Ways To Save Big Money On Your 2020 Taxes—Part 1

2020 was a nightmarish year for many families. But thanks to recent legislation, you could see a silver l...

Family Financial Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes, Estate Planning
Start Planning Now to Prepare Your Estate for a Possible Democratic Sweep—Part 2

No matter who you vote for on November 3rd, you may want to start considering the potential legal, financ...

Family Financial Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes, Estate Planning
Start Planning Now to Prepare Your Estate for a Possible Democratic Sweep—Part 1

No matter who you are voting for on November 3rd, you may want to start considering the potential legal, ...

Family Financial Planning, Planning for Seniors, Save Money On Your Taxes
6 Changes to Watch For In Your 2020 Taxes

Although you may have just filed your 2019 income taxes in July, now is the time to start thinking about ...

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How Do Trusts Help You Save on Taxes?

Many people come to us curious (or confused) about trusts and taxes. So today’s article is going to sort ...

Asset Protection, Family Financial Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
The SECURE Act’s Impact On Estate and Retirement Planning—Part 2

In the first part of this series, we discussed the potential ramifications the SECURE ACT has for your es...

Asset Protection, Family Financial Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
The SECURE Act’s Impact On Estate and Retirement Planning—Part 1

On January 1, 2020, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) went into ...

Family Financial Planning, Conscious Divorce, Save Money On Your Taxes
The Tax Cut & Jobs Act Drastically Alters the Tax Consequences of Divorce

The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) made sweeping changes to exemptions, deductions, and credits for your ...

Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
4 Year-End Tax-Saving Strategies for 2019

As we head towards the end of the year, we’re fast approaching the deadline to implement your family’s ta...

Family Financial Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
Why You Might Actually Owe Taxes in 2018

Like many taxpayers, if you’ve already filed your federal income taxes for 2018, you may be surprised to ...

Family Financial Planning, Planning for Seniors, Save Money On Your Taxes
3 Deadly Sins of Retirement Planning

Retirement planning is one of life’s most important financial goals. Indeed, funding retirement is one of...

Asset Protection, Estate Planning Mistakes, Save Money On Your Taxes
Don’t Transfer Ownership of Your House to Your Kids Before You Read This

With the cost of long-term care (LTC) skyrocketing, you may be concerned about your (or your elderly pare...

Estate Planning Mistakes, Family Financial Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
Avoid This Major Mistake When Adding an IRA to Your Estate Plan

Some people assume that because they’ve named a specific heir as the beneficiary of their IRA in their wi...

Asset Protection, Family Financial Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
Donate to a Charitable Remainder Trust For Tax and Income Benefits

If you have highly appreciated assets like stock and real estate you want to sell, it may make sense to u...

Family Financial Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
How Will the New Tax Law Affect Your Family?

President Trump signed the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill into law on December 22, 2017, and the law incl...

Family Financial Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
New Bill is Potential Game Changer for Your Family’s Tax Strategy

UPDATE: The new tax bill has been signed into law, so for information on the bill's final provisions and ...

Family Financial Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
Pay For a Loved One’s Education With an Education Trust Fund

Today’s parents are all too familiar with the budget-busting cost of funding a child’s college education....

Family Financial Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
Tax Benefits of Buying a Second Home

Buying a second home can provide you with a place to relax, unwind, and escape from it all. It can also p...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes, Estate Planning
Tax Lessons to be Learned from Celebrity Estate Plans

A celebrity's image and likeness can continue to produce considerable income after death. This type of in...

Conscious Divorce, Save Money On Your Taxes
Recently Divorced? Here’s Why You Should Put Aside Your Differences Come Tax Season

Divorce can wreak havoc on your finances. But what many divorced couples don’t realize is that they can e...

Family Financial Planning, Planning for Seniors, Save Money On Your Taxes
Think Your 401(k) Is Flexible? 6 IRA Benefits Your 401(k) Doesn’t Have

When it comes to retirement plans, IRAs and 401(k)s provide many of the same benefits. But in certain sit...

Family Financial Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes, Estate Planning
Estate Taxes in Trump’s America

Donald Trump has proposed a radical tax reform agenda for his presidency. Part of this reform is his inte...

Asset Protection, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes, Estate Planning
What You Can Learn from the Clintons’ Tax Returns

In anticipation of the election and in response to public demand, Hillary and Bill Clinton have released ...

Asset Protection, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
What to Do With a Cash Windfall

Many of us like to fantasize about winning the lottery. We muse with our friends about how we might spend...

Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
Got a Job? Here’s How You Can Save Money You Might Be Losing Right Now

Did you know there are many steps that you can take to save money via your employment? Some of these stra...

Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Now or Save More Money?

To many people, living debt-free is a lifelong dream. It’s the picture of the easy life. Retired with no ...

Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Planning for Seniors, Save Money On Your Taxes
Can I Benefit from a Reverse Mortgage?

It seems that we can’t turn on the television or radio without hearing an ad for a “reverse mortgage.” So...

Kids Protection Planning, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
Holiday Bonus + Tax Refund Spending: Where to Put it For Max Return

Did you get a holiday bonus from your employer? Or maybe you have a tax refund coming. If so, do you have...

Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
Planning for Charitable Giving

January 1 wipes the slate clean for your tax deductible charitable contributions. That might be a good ti...

Asset Protection, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Planning for Seniors, Save Money On Your Taxes
Retirement Planning Reality Check

The National Institute on Retirement Security states that the funds American workers have set aside for r...

Family Financial Planning, wills and trusts, Save Money On Your Taxes, Estate Planning
Estate Planning with Gifts to Grandchildren

If you are in your “golden years” and are looking for ways to spread your wealth, you should consider the...

Family Financial Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes, Estate Planning
How to Benefit from an Estate Plan When You Own Real Estate

Many parents believe that by adding a child’s name to a property deed, they can pass along the property o...

Asset Protection, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Planning for Seniors, Save Money On Your Taxes, Estate Planning
5 Steps to Fix Your Battered Retirement Plan

It’s no secret that a majority of Americans are ill-prepared for retirement. A recent Forbes.com post det...

Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
Debunking 4 Common Myths About Gift Taxes

April 15 is not only the deadline for filing your state and federal income tax returns, but also the dead...

Awakened Parenting, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes, Estate Planning
Family Loans Must Be Made Properly to Avoid Tax Repercussions

The recession made many parents and grandparents into personal bankers, making loans to strapped children...

Asset Protection, Family Financial Planning, wills and trusts, Save Money On Your Taxes
A Duty Checklist for Trustees of a Trust

It’s no misnomer that a position with so much responsibility carries the name “trustee”. After all, you h...

Asset Protection, Awakened Parenting, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
‘Tis the Season to Be Gifting: How to Do It Right

Not many people would view the IRS as a charitable organization, but you might if you plan your gifting a...

Awakened Parenting, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Planning for Seniors, Save Money On Your Taxes
7 Things To Think About Before Making Gifts to Grandchildren

If you have grandchildren - or are getting ready to welcome one like political power couple Bill and Hill...

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7 Steps to Creating an Estate Plan That Keeps Your Family Out of Court

Many people fail to create an estate plan because they don’t truly understand what is involved and theref...

Awakened Parenting, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, wills and trusts, Save Money On Your Taxes, Estate Planning
The Wealth Creation Trust: A Gift That Keeps On Giving

The perfect gift for your child or grandchild on the occasion of their birth, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Sweet 1...

Awakened Parenting, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, wills and trusts, Save Money On Your Taxes, Estate Planning
Subject: Receiving an Inheritance One Day? Here’s What to Do Now.

Baby boomers are set to inherit up to $8.4 trillion over the next 15 years, according to The Center for R...

Asset Protection, Enlightened Insurance, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
6 Tax Questions to Ask Before Year-End

Everyone’s “to-do” lists seem to grow longer at this time of year, but yours is incomplete until you ask ...

Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
10 Tips for Charitable Giving This Holiday Season

According to a recent Forbes article, Americans donated more than $316 billion to charity last year – and...

Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
7 Steps for Effectively Managing an Inheritance

Research shows that a majority of baby boomers will receive an inheritance at some time during the lives,...

Enlightened Insurance, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
5 Ways to Ease the Pain of the Payroll Tax Hike

While the fiscal cliff tax deal cut by Congress last month targeted primarily higher wage earners, every ...

Asset Protection, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Planning for Seniors, Save Money On Your Taxes, Estate Planning
Tips to Help You Reboot Your Retirement Plan

Planning for a long and prosperous retirement is no longer just about the money; because of the recession...

Asset Protection, Estate Planning Mistakes, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
The Fiscal Cliff Tax Deal: For Most of Us, It's a Wash

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 that Congress passed on New Year's Day extended the Bush era tax...

Asset Protection, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Planning for Seniors, Save Money On Your Taxes
Savvy Year-End Tax Moves for Retirement Plan Owners

Even though the elections are over, no one knows what Congress will do by the end of the year when it com...

Asset Protection, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Planning for Seniors, Save Money On Your Taxes
Retirement Planning Guidelines for Every Age

You’re never too young or too old to save for retirement; here are some guidelines by age group: Under 25...

Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes, Estate Planning
Planning for Estate Taxes in 2013 and Beyond

What will happen to estate taxes in 2013? Right now, you may as well try to predict what the weather will...

Asset Protection, Estate Planning Mistakes, Family Financial Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes
What to Do When You Inherit a Retirement Account

As a Personal Family Lawyer®, I am often asked to help people who inherit a retirement account. The actio...

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Hi, I’m Pam Starsia. I became a Personal Family Lawyer because I’m passionate about educating and empowering people to create estate, life, ...

Juniper Law, PLLC

I became a Personal Family Lawyer to help people like you and families like yours plan for the future. Facing the potential for incapacity a...

Das Law, PLLC

Let’s talk about your death . . . or incapacity. If something unfortunate happens, what will happen to your assets that you’ve worked so har...

Legacy Lawyers, PLLC

Hi. I’m John W. Heck. I became a Personal Family Lawyer because I have seen the consequences of failed estate planning in my immediate famil...

Edris Law

In my practice, I focus on Family Protection, Wealth Preservation, and Value-Based Planning. I’m also experienced with wealth planning strat...

Brown Law Offices

Lisa Brown Esq. is the principal attorney for Brown Law Offices. She received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and ...

Millennium Attorney

Naureen Rahman has been practicing law for over twenty years in the Maryland, DC-Metropolitan area. She has practiced across numerous sector...

Reflections Life Planning, LLC

I love being able to guide my clients through a unique planning process that empowers them to live a financially fulfilling life now while e...

I am an attorney dedicated to helping families in Virginia navigate the world of estate planning. With over 22 years of legal experience, I'...

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