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Michael S. Winsten

Life Insurance and Estate Planning

At first glance, life insurance may seem to have no effect on how your estate plan disposes of your assets. Even so, life insurance is an integral, indispensably important part of an estate plan that is well thought out.
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Michael S. Winsten

Elderly and Near-Elderly Estate Planning

Since 2019, the percentage of Americans aged fifty-five and older who have created a will has decreased from sixty to forty-four percent, according to a 2021 Wills and Estate Planning Study by Caring.com and YouGov. Compared to pre-pandemic years, young adults now are sixty-three percent more likely to have a will.
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Michael S. Winsten

A Guide to Powers of Attorney (POA)

As part of your estate planning process, you should implement Power of Attorney (POA) documents. Powers of attorney are recognized in all states, but the rules and requirements vary from state to state. This document gives one or more individuals the authority to act on your behalf as your agent or proxy.
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Michael S. Winsten

The Financial Future of Your Parents

Several financial experts advise against delaying discussions with your aging parent about finances, since he or she may already be experiencing cognitive decline. Gathering all the information you need to make a complete financial assessment of their aging needs is going to take some time. Asking these questions when your parents are young, while they are still working, is the ideal time to do so.
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Michael S. Winsten

Comparison of Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts

In estate planning, there are a variety of trust types; the most common are revocable and irrevocable. These two major categories of trusts share some similarities, but they serve different purposes in your estate plan. A trust or will are both alternatives to a last will and testament when it comes to distributing property, although a will and a trust are often used simultaneously.
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Michael S. Winsten

The Default of a Parent Who Owes Support or Custody

Being a divorced parent can be challenging, especially when one of the parents defaults on custody arrangements or financial obligations. In these situations, divorce merely changes the situation instead of resolving it. It is important to make your decisions based on your head rather than emotion, and to get qualified legal advice.
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Michael S. Winsten

The Largest Wealth Transfer in US History

A financial time like this has never existed before in human history. Baby boomers preparing to pass on their legacies through estate plans put America on the verge of the largest transfer of wealth in history. According to projections, 68.4 trillion dollars will be transferred from one generation to the next over the next 25 years.
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Michael S. Winsten

Inheritances From Charitable Trusts

Charitable trusts are irrevocable trusts that provide income to heirs while benefiting charities. A charitable trust can provide a number of financial benefits for all those involved if you are philanthropic and own non-essential assets such as stocks and real estate.
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