Wealth Docx® New Enhancements to Include Incentive Trust Provisions for Revocable Living Trusts

By WealthCounsel Staff on Jun 29, 2018 6:00:00 AM

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When it comes to transferring wealth to younger generations, not all beneficiaries are responsible enough or prepared to handle a large inheritance. This is where incentive trust provisions come in. They can be used to discourage bad behavior and motivate beneficiaries to make responsible life choices, so that they are ultimately better prepared to handle their inheritance.

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Charitable Giving – Shifting Focus From Estate Tax to Income Tax Planning

By WealthCounsel Staff on Apr 20, 2018 9:13:08 AM

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Good news for the world of philanthropy: charitable giving is not dead. With the recent changes to the tax code, it’s an appropriate time for estate planning professionals to revisit charitable giving with a view toward identifying these new opportunities and assessing how a charitable giving plan works within the broader estate planning strategy. 

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The Forgotten Family Member: Advocating for Pet Trusts

By WealthCounsel Staff on Mar 2, 2018 6:26:57 PM

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Whether as a friendly companion or a fully-fledged family member, pets have become an intrinsic component to many households. According to the American Pet Products Association, 67% of American families own a pet today. Not only is pet ownership up from 56% in 1988, but Americans are also spending significantly more on their pets. In 2016, the pet industry raked in roughly $66 billion in pet-loving profits, a 74% increase from 2006. An explanation for this spending increase could be because most pet owners﹘about 95%﹘consider their pets to be part of the family.

It’s a wonder then, why the estate planning field often overlooks pets. While pet trusts can claim a small fraction of the pet industry profits, only about 12% of cat and dog owners make financial stipulations for their pets in their estate plans.  This underutilized market has significant business potential for estate planning attorneys and provides an opportunity to serve clients better.

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