1. Congress Plays ‘The Guessing Game’ with the Estate Tax Laws.
Retirement Savings and Pension Reform.
Marginal Tax Rates.
Education Funding Incentives.
Business and Corporate Tax Relief.
Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping Transfers.
2. Estate Planning: You Need It—Here’s Why.
What Is Estate Planning?
The Benefits of Estate Planning.
The Nightmares of Poor Planning.
The Myths of Estate Planning.
Guidelines for Successful Estate Planning.
3. The Estate Tax System: How Much Are You Really Worth?
Determining Your Estate Net Worth.
Understanding the Estate Tax System.
Your Estate Tax Picture.
Your Future Estate.
Overview of Estate Planning Strategies.
4. Investment Strategies for Maximizing Estate Growth.
Growth Strategy with a Safety Net.
Prioritizing Your Investment Dollars.
Retirement Planning: Choosing the Best Investment Environments.
Some Final Thoughts on Investing.
5. Retire with Dignity: How Much Is Enough?
Your Retirement Requirements.
6. You Don’t Have a Will? Big Trouble!
Property Transfers at Death.
Transfers via Probate.
Direct Transfers by Title.
Other Methods of Property Ownership.
Choosing the Best Methods of Ownership.
Setting Estate Planning Goals.
7. Where There’s a Will, There’s Your Way!
What Is a Will?
Types of Wills.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Wills.
Intelligent Decisions Concerning Your Will’s Basic Provisions.
Executing Your Will.
Where to Store Your Will.
Other Important Documents.
Working with Your Attorney.
When to Review Your Estate Plan.
8. Using Trusts in Your Estate Plan.
The Credit Shelter Trust Will.
9. Understanding the Living Trust.
Advantages of Living Trusts.
Disadvantages of Living Trusts.
How a Living Trust Operates.
Transferring Property into Your Living Trust.
Types of Property Likely to Be Transferred.
Living Trust Myths.
Transacting Business with Your Trust.
10. Using Insurance in Your Estate Plan.
Using Life Insurance to Replace Income.
How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?
What Type of Life Insurance Is Best for You?
Insurance on a Homemaker.
Insurance on Adult Children.
How to Get the Best Deal on Term Life Insurance.
Using Life Insurance for Estate Liquidity.
How Much Is Enough?
What Type of Life Insurance Is Best for Estate Liquidity?
The Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust.
Getting Your Life Insurance into Your Trust.
Using Life Insurance to Leverage Your Estate.
About Your Cash Values.
Long-Term Care Insurance.
11. Smart Strategies for Gifting Assets to Family Members.
The Annual Gift Tax Exclusion.
Filing a Gift Tax Return.
The Lifetime Applicable Exclusion Amount.
When the Donee Is a Minor.
Other Tax-Free Gifts.
Family Gifts Utilizing Trusts.
Grantor Retained Annuity Trust.
Grantor Retained Unitrust.
Qualified Personal Residence Trust.
Taking Advantage of Generation Skipping Transfers.
Sales to Family Members.
Loans to Family Members.
12. Strategic Planning with Charities.
Outright Gifts to Charities.
Testamentary Gifts to Charities.
Gifts Using Charitable Trusts.
Using Your Charitable Trust for Retirement Planning.
The Private Foundation.
13. Family Limited Partnerships.
General Structure of the Family Limited Partnership.
Family Limited Partnership Rules.