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We provide you with tips and wisdom to help individuals understand and create roadmaps for the distribution and preservation of assets and why wealth planning is so crucial.
 

Wealth Planning Blog
April 8, 2020

Missouri Governor Mike Parson Issues Executive Order 20-08, Temporarily Allowing Notary Publics to Notarize Official Documents Virtually

On April 6, 2020, Missouri Governor Mike Parson issued Executive Order 20-08, which suspended the statutory requirement that a Notary Public must conduct notarization of official documents while the signor appears personally in front of said Notary Public. Instead, until May 15, 2020, Notary Publics can use audio-video technology to complete the personal appearance requirement. The purpose of this order is to protect the health and safety of Notaries Public across the State of Missouri in lieu of the global pandemic as a result of COVID-19.

Wealth Planning Blog
October 31, 2017

Estate Tax Audit… 30 years later?

Since 2012, when Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act, “portability” has been the heart of many estate plans for married couples. Portability allows a surviving spouse to use the deceased spouse’s unused estate tax exclusion (currently $5.49 million). A common estate planning goal of a married couple is to take full advantage of both spouses’ estate tax exclusions. Typically, this is done by funding a Family Trust (also sometimes called a Credit Shelter Trust or B Trust) at the death of the first-to-die with the exclusion amount and leaving the rest to one’s spouse (outright or in trust).

Wealth Planning Blog
January 22, 2016

Achieving a Better Life Experience ABLE Accounts

What is an ABLE account? An ABLE account is a tax advantaged savings account for individuals with disabilities, which can be used for disability-related expenses on behalf of the designated beneficiary. Although contributions are not tax-deductible, these accounts have several benefits, including: Non-taxed income, One account per beneficiary, Investment strategy can be changed twice yearly, ABLE accounts do not affect SSI, Medicaid or other public benefits. Regulations on these accounts will be written by the Treasury Department in 2015.

Wealth Planning Blog
August 15, 2015

Back To The Basics Recap - Do I Need An Estate Plan?

With the close of the summer quickly approaching, kids going back to school, and life going back to “normal,” we thought it might be a good time to go back to the basics and discuss why EVERYONE needs an estate plan. While the reasons a person or family needs an estate plan are vast and varied, it is a FACT that everyone needs an estate plan - period. Now, don’t get us wrong, your estate plan may look nothing like the old Last Will and Testament you read of your grandmothers, but that is because today estate planning can be specifically tailored to your goals, the specific assets you need to plan for, and the circumstances surrounding your world.