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How Many Trusts Do I Need?

Estate Planning can get tricky. One tool that is frequently used is a trust. Many trusts are set up as revocable (“rev”) trusts.  This means the person that formed the trust can amend or change it at time during their


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Why I Asked My Daughter to Give Me a Power of Attorney

Recently my daughter turned 18.  In Connecticut this is considered the age of majority.  In other words, she can make her own decisions.  Well, that’s what the law says.  However, she’s still living under my roof, so, well, she’s got


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How to Plan Your Estate and Live Happily Ever After

Ask many people if they have an estate plan and they just roll their eyes.  With the Federal Estate Tax Exclusion at $5.12 million most people will not be subject to estate taxes.  In Connecticut, the exclusion is $2 million


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Is Estate Planning Dead?

With the Federal Estate Tax Exclusion of $5 million, many commentators have suggested estate planning is dead.  I think this deserves a closer look.


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Don't Look Now…Tax Rates are Headed Up!

The Bush era tax cuts are expiring.  Here are some of the key tax rates for 2010 and 2011: 2010                 2011 Ordinary Income                                   35%                 39.6% Long Term Capital Gains                       15%                 20% Qualifying Dividends                             15%                 39.6% Estate Tax                                              0%                 55% Unless Congress decides


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