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Ashes to Ashes, or Ashes to Soil? Is Human Composting Real?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Sep 29, 2023 | 0 Comments

Outlining your wishes for burial and funeral arrangements can be something you include in your estate plan. And though it may sound jarring, human composting is in fact a death care alternative that is increasing in popularity. As more people look to adopt environmentally sustainable practices not only in life, but now also in death, this “green” alternative may become more of a norm in the future.

What Is a Gun Trust? Estate Planning Q&A

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Sep 28, 2023 | 0 Comments

According to Pew Research, 30 percent of adults in the United States report owning a firearm. Gun sales have risen in recent years, particularly during the Coronavirus pandemic. While many reported having weapons for protection and hunting, 6 percent owned guns that were family heirlooms.

Mitigating the Impacts: Sunsetting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Sep 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) took effect on Jan. 1, 2018, and impacted personal income taxes, small businesses, estate tax rules, capital gains rules, special needs accounts, and much more. The TCJA is scheduled to sunset at the end of 2025. This will lead to significant changes for taxpayers. So, are there ways to avoid potential tax impacts to you or your loved ones?

Inherited Retirement Accounts: Minimizing Tax Consequences

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Sep 25, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which went into effect in 2020, changed how beneficiaries of inherited retirement accounts must withdraw these funds. The Act’s "enhancement" was to make it more difficult for individuals to pass their retirement savings on to their heirs without tax liability.

What Is a Medicare Flex Card?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Sep 19, 2023 | 0 Comments

Some Medicare Advantage beneficiaries receive Medicare flex cards, pre-paid debit cards for qualifying expenses, as part of their benefits. The U.S. government does not issue Medicare flex cards. This benefit is only available on select Medicare Advantage plans, a private alternative to Medicare.

Innovative Long-Term Care Housing Solutions for Seniors

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Aug 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

America has three major housing issues for seniors: affordability, physical accessibility, and access to medical care and other services. There is a need for creative solutions to housing. Innovative long-term care housing for seniors tries to solve these problems. These new potential living arrangements for seniors may provide older people with the care, protection, and resources they need to age peacefully.

The Consequences of Not Paying Your Property Taxes

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jul 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

When Geraldine Tyler, age 94, relocated to a senior community, she stopped paying property taxes on her home. After the property was foreclosed on, the county where Tyler’s home was located sold the property for $40,000 to recover about $15,000 in unpaid property taxes. Tyler received none of the remaining profits from the sale. Tyler took her case to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that Tyler’s local government violated the U.S. Constitution by keeping more money than it was owed and not returning surplus funds to her.

Do You Need a HIPAA Release?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jul 19, 2023 | 0 Comments

If you are in the hospital, you may want your loved ones to be able to access information about your prognosis. However, if you have not authorized them to receive specifics regarding your medical condition, they could be denied these details.   

Modifying an Irrevocable Trust Through Trust Decanting

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jul 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

A trust is a legal document that you can set up to give assets to someone else. Trusts can be revocable or irrevocable. If you (the grantor) choose to create a revocable trust, you can modify it at any point during your lifetime. With irrevocable trusts, however, you generally cannot make any changes once you establish this type of trust.

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