Estate Planning

Friday, September 15, 2017

Nevada Estate Tax Planning Essentials

Benjamin Franklin famously quipped that nothing in this life is certain except death and taxes.  However, nearly as certain, is the public antipathy generated by taxing one’s death.  The estate tax, or “death tax,” is a tax of up to 40% levied against the assets of large estates after someone dies.  The good news is that with proper planning, most estates can minimize their estate tax liability or eliminate it altogether. A good Read more . . .

Friday, August 25, 2017

Incorporating Charitable Giving in Your Estate Plan

How can giving to charity help me to save money in taxes?

Charitable giving can form an essential part of your estate plan.  Charitable giving is not just for the extremely wealthy; rather, charitable giving can be used to reduce the tax obligations of any American.  Consider incorporating charitable giving into your overall estate plan using some of the techniques below to provide for your family and leave a meaningful legacy.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Why Do So Many Americans Put Off Estate Planning?

Why do I need an estate plan?

The most recent Gallup Poll reveals that just 44 percent of Americans have a will that states how they would like their money and affairs handled after their death. This figure is down from previous years.  With so few Americans having an estate plan today, it begs the question, why do so many people put off estate planning? Our Nevada estate planning lawyers discuss the reasons that Americans fail to make a will and why it is so important for you to create an estate plan today.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Will Paperless Wills Change the Future of Estate Planning?

How might electronic wills change how we make an estate plan?

Fewer than half of all Americans have a written will, according to the most recent Gallup poll.  There are many reasons why people avoid estate planning, including an unwillingness to contemplate our eventual death.  Aside from a general avoidance of all things death related, Americans today are increasingly reliant on the computer and electronic tools, rather than printed documents.  Electronic wills may usher in a Read more . . .

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Estate Planning During a Period of Shifting Tax Laws

Should I make my estate plan now or wait for tax law changes to come?

President Trump has promised significant tax reforms, but these changes have not yet been implemented.  As we all wait to see what tax laws will alter under President Trump, many Americans are wondering whether they should make an estate plan now or wait until more definite tax policies are in place. Our Nevada estate planning attorneys at Stone Law Offices, Ltd.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

4 Things You Need To Know Before Planning Your Estate In Nevada

Estate planning is a tool to manage the transfer and distribution of an estate after death. It is important because it provides estate owners with a way to have control over the distribution of their property after their death. The process of creating an estate plan can be complicated, so talking with a Nevada estate planning lawyer can be invaluable.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Protecting Your Child with a Special Needs Trust

How can a special needs trust financially assist my child with special needs?

Nearly one in five people or roughly 50 million people across the United States have some form of disability, with an estimated 24 million being severely limited.  Having a disabled child can be challenging, but also comes with immense rewards.  The parents of disabled children face unique issues in ensuring their children receive the care they need, including ongoing medical care.  One of the best ways that the parents or guardians of disabled children can guarantee their children receive the greatest care is by creating a Read more . . .

Monday, February 27, 2017

Why a Will Can’t Wait

Why is it so important for me to have a will?

None of us wants to contemplate death, which is likely the reason that fewer than half of all Americans have a will.  Estate planning can be a difficult topic to tackle and many people simply put it off, at times until it is too late.  Creating a will is critically important for the preservation of your property and your legacy.  

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Updating Your Estate Plan for the New Year

When should you update your estate plan?

The New Year is traditionally a time to clear the deck and start fresh. This makes the early months of the year a fine time to revisit your estate plan. Make sure it is current and reflects changes in your life -- events, sentiments, income level, tax structure, etc.  An outdated estate plan is dangerous; it can result in confusion and resentment among loved ones, not to mention unwanted taxes or a contested will.

A sudden occurrence, like an unexpected death or a change in health status, can make your previous decisions obsolete in an instant.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Customizing Your Will for Your Particular Offspring

Is is ever appropriate to treat your children differently from one another in your estate plan?

Although we all know that it is important to be careful to treat your children fairly as you craft your estate plan, we should also be aware that fair (“equitable”) treatment is not necessary “equal” treatment. In fact, there are times when treating two children equally is patently unfair. For example, to give equal allowances to a 4-year-old and a 14-year-old would be unfair, since one has more expenses, more mature understanding, and more responsibilities. In the same way, leaving all of your children equal portions of your estate may be unfair to one who has special needs or one who is in a particularly difficult situation. In making decisions regarding equitable distribution of your estate to your children, it is essential that you discuss your plan with

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Estate Planning Tips for New Parents

Why should new parents have an estate plan?

Having a child is a time of great joy, but becoming a parent also comes with a number of concerns. While no one wants to think about dying or becoming disabled when a child is born, this is the time to think about the future and make important decisions about how to best protect your family. In short, it is essential for new parents to create an estate plan.

Estate Planning 101

Many are aware that having a will is necessary for determining how their assets will be distributed after they die. But the fact is that more than half of Americans do not have this most basic estate planning document in place.
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