Even though 2020 has been a challenge for everyone in very personal and different ways, I believe that one commonality we all share is that it has reminded us to cherish what we do have and review/revise our life priorities.
As a former trust officer for a N.C. bank, I was fond of saying, “trusts are bounded solely by your imagination and tax law.” There is a tremendous amount of truth to that statement as trusts can be designed to do almost anything.
I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. I have volunteered with various veterans organizations since I got out of the Corps, and I love sharing my experiences and passing along what I have learned to help fellow veterans and their families. I take advantage of several programs and benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and am familiar with many of the resources that are available. Even if you are not a veteran, you probably know someone who is, so read on!
There is nothing that can kill the romance of upcoming nuptials more quickly than your partner asking you to sign a prenuptial agreement (aka prenup). But do you know what can really kill the romance? Divorce!
Talking with your children about disability and/or death can be a difficult task for most people. Parents spend the better part of their financial lives working, saving and planning only to end up avoiding the proper communication and planning with children surrounding death. Parents often do not discuss their estate plans with adult children out of fear that this will only cause tension and improper incentives. But, in my experience as an attorney and financial advisor, the most successful planning results come from good communication.
At some point in your life, there is a chance that you will inherit money or assets left from a grandparent, parent, or other family member. When someone that you love passes away, it is an emotional experience and going through the process of inheriting the assets they chose to leave you can add to the rollercoaster of emotions.
Did you know that your IRA beneficiary supersedes your will? No matter how carefully you’ve crafted your last intentions in your will, an IRA beneficiary that was never updated after your divorce and remarriage can unwittingly bestow your former spouse with your IRA inheritance, while also disinheriting your new spouse and children. That’s why it’s important to update your beneficiaries after major life changes such as marriage, divorce, births, illness, domestic issues and deaths.
When thinking about our own personal assets we have many choices. We can hold on to them (having our cake), swap them out (trading for a different cake), or sell them and buy a consumable asset (eating the cake).
Digital estate planning is a relatively new phenomenon, having only begun to receive attention from legal and financial planning scholars in the past decade or so. And just as technology evolves with breakneck speed, the laws governing control and access to digital estates are also evolving — albeit at a somewhat slower, legislative pace. Providing instruction to your fiduciary on how your digital assets should be handled is a vital piece of planning to ensure an orderly transition of assets and to safeguard against identity theft. While any comprehensive digital estate plan should include coordination with an attorney, Parsec Financial can help you understand what you need to consider when creating your digital estate plan.
The proliferation of online accounts and assets in the digital age makes planning for access and transfer of digital assets an essential part of any estate plan. With all due respect to Warren Zevon’s 1976 release I’ll sleep when I’m dead, tweeting once we reach our eternal slumber probably isn’t something on any of our