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Using an Intentionally Defective Grantor Trust to Transfer Assets

An intentionally defective grantor trust (IDGT) is a common estate planning tool that is used by wealthy families to transfer assets from one generation to the next while achieving significant tax savings. IDGTs are especially useful if you have assets that will appreciate significantly over time. An IDGT is “intentionally defective” because it purposely gives

The Tax Consequences of Selling a House After the Death of a Spouse

If your spouse dies, you may have to decide whether or when to sell your house. There are some tax considerations that go into that decision. The biggest concern when selling property is capital gains taxes.  A capital gain is the difference between the "basis" in property and its selling price. The basis is the

Requiring Adult Children to Pay for Aging Parents’ Care

Did you know you could be responsible for your parents' unpaid bills? More than half of all States currently have laws making adult children financially responsible for their parents, including their long-term care costs. Among those States, Pennsylvania is perhaps the most notorious. In most States, these laws are rarely enforced. Not so in Pennsylvania.

Annual Contribution Ceiling for ABLE Accounts Rises and More States Add Programs

The maximum amount that can be contributed each year to an ABLE account for a person with disabilities rose $1,000 to $16,000 on January 1, 2022.  The figure, which is tied to the inflation-adjusted value of the IRS’s gift tax annual exclusion, had been stuck at $15,000 since 2018.  Pennsylvania and 45 other states offer ABLE

Medicaid’s “Snapshot” Date and Its Crucial Impact on a Couple’s Financial Picture

When a married person applies for Medicaid, the Medicaid agency must analyze the income and assets of the applicant and the applicant’s spouse as of a particular date to determine eligibility. Elder Law attorneys refer to this as the “snapshot” date.  It can have a major impact on a couple’s financial future. In order to

Divorce and the Child With Special Needs: Be Aware of Child Support Payments

Depending on which statistics you believe, between 40 and 50 percent of first marriages will end in divorce or permanent separation, and second marriages fare even worse. While there is no such thing as a "typical" divorce, a divorcing couple that has a child with special needs faces an even more complicated series of

When a Social Security Recipient Dies, Survivors May Be Eligible for Benefits

When loved ones pass away, there are lots of considerations, including what happens to their Social Security. The decedent’s payments need to be stopped, but survivor’s benefits may be available to the spouse or, in certain cases, children. Social Security benefits stop at death. If a loved one who was receiving Social Security dies, you

Why You May Need a Trust in Addition to a Power of Attorney

By Stanley M. Vasiliadis, Esq., CELA While a durable general power of attorney that appoints someone to act for you if you become incapacitated is a great tool, in some circumstances it is not enough. In these cases, a revocable trust can help. A durable general power of attorney allows you to appoint someone you

Claiming Social Security Benefits at Age 70

If you are about to turn 70, congratulations on reaching a big milestone.  And if you also have delayed claiming Social Security retirement benefits up till now, you are joining a select group -- only 6.5 percent of Social Security recipients put off collecting their benefits until they reach three score and ten, the age