Estate Planning Newsletter
Troy, Rochester, and Sterling Heights, Michigan Estate Planning • Francis G. Seyferth and Associates, Attorneys at Law
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- Taming Transfer Taxes (March 2014)
"That time of the year" can be frightening or dreaded. While income taxes are on the top of every taxpayer's mind this time of year, our front page article discusses the benefits of reviewing your estate plan for lifetime gifting and inheritance planning opportunities.
- Is There an Oscar for Best Estate Planning? (February 2014)
Many people idolize movie stars and other celebrities. When it comes to mannerisms or clothes, this can be harmless fun. However, estate planning seems to be one area in which no one should emulate their favorite stars.
- The ABC's of Estate Planning (January 2014)
In our first article we review the process of organizing your personal legal affairs, a very common New Year's resolution. As you will see, it is simply a matter of following the ABC's of estate planning!
- Top Five Estate Concerns (December 2013)
Estate planning is not just for the wealthy. Everyone has an estate worth planning, regardless of their net worth. In this article, we review some critical concerns that many people fail to consider.
- Business Survival Threats (November 2013)
The survival rate of family businesses from generation to generation is rather dismal. To help prevent your business from becoming an unfortunate statistic tomorrow, we review some common challenges for you to address today (before it is too late).
- Family Limited Partnerships (October 2013)
Family Limited Partnerships offer many benefits, both tax and non-tax. Our front-page article is a primer that explores why they are at once a taxpayer favorite ... and a potential target of the IRS and some courts.
- Seasons of Change (September 2013)
To everything there is a season. So it is with your Life & Estate Plan. Our front-page article uses a Seasons of Life theme to illustrate how your Life & Estate Plan may change with your personal and financial circumstances over your lifetime.
- Cohabitation Complexities (August 2013)
With the drastic increase of cohabitating, it is more important than ever to discuss the unique estate planning challenges unmarried cohabitants face. Our front-page article reviews common challenges in the context of some real-life scenarios.
- Planning the Next Chapter (July 2013)
In this issue of our newsletter, we discuss the importance of estate planning for every married couple. Without proper planning, various legal and financial challenges could prevent you from being there for your spouse in sickness and in health.
- A Legacy of Efficiency (June 2013)
Want to make life easier and protect those you have appointed as fiduciaries in your estate planning documents? Our article on their duties and responsibilities is required reading to avoid problems, unnecessary costs and civil/criminal liability.
- Blended Family Basics (May 2013)
Is yours a blended family? If yes, then you face unique inheritance challenges, to include disinheriting your ex-spouse, providing for your new spouse and your own children, and protecting their inheritance. Keep this newsletter (and share it with others).
- Women: Law & Money (April 2013)
Are you a woman or do you know someone who is? If so, then you will want to read and share this issue of our newsletter. The first article reviews some important Estate Essentials and Money Matters every woman should address without delay.
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