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What You Need to Know About Charitable Giving in 2021

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As part of your estate plan, you likely want to provide for your beneficiaries like your surviving children and spouse. However, research shows that more people than ever are also including charitable giving in their estate planning strategy. In 2020, for example, individual charitable gifts totaled over $324 billion. This was the highest dollar amount […]

What Is the Difference Between a Family Trust and a Will?

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  Wills and trusts are two very different types of controlling and distributing your assets after you’ve passed away. One important distinction between a trust and a will is that you can also create and fund a trust while you are alive. With no will in place the state determines what happens to your estate […]

When Does It Make Sense to Use a Family Trust?

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A family trust is most appropriate as an estate planning tool when you live in a state where probate is very difficult. This is also beneficial for those people who are interested in keeping information about their assets and beneficiaries private, those who have a large estate or a significant number of assets and those […]

Pandemic Payments Now Won’t Affect SSI Benefits or Eligibility at All

In Mississippi, Pandemic-related financial assistance will no longer affect an individual’s eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or the benefit amount, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced.  The assistance includes a long list of pandemic payments, ranging from COVID-19 relief checks to state unemployment assistance. Previously, the SSA had said that COVID relief payments would […]

What Kinds of Things Can My Financial Power of Attorney Agent Do?

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If you’ve already taken the step to consider creating a financial power of attorney, congratulations. This is an important part of your estate plan and your incapacity plan. Without a financial power of attorney someone in your family will have to go to court to request guardianship or conservatorship of you. In the event of […]

How to Choose a Life Insurance Beneficiary

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One important component of protecting your family is thinking about how to use life insurance beneficiaries. Beneficiaries are those people who are entitled to receive your assets if and when something happens to you. The primary purpose of purchasing a life insurance policy is to protect your loved ones and give them funds they can […]

What to Know About Setting Up a College Power of Attorney

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Is your new college student headed off to campus this fall? If so, don’t neglect an important part of the prep process: a power of attorney. While you’re loading up on under-the-bed storage bins and notebooks for them, make sure they’ve got a place to keep important paperwork like a power of attorney. Without it, […]

What is a Life Insurance Beneficiary?

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Did you just start a new job or did you recently purchase private life insurance? If so, you probably came across the term “beneficiary” as you filled out this information. This is the person or people who will receive the funds from your policy when you pass away. For most people, there will be a […]

8 Things a Trustee Might Do

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Trustees will be required to do some or all of the following tasks listed below based on the express terms outlined in the trust’s creation. When putting together a trust, you will need to think carefully about who to install in the role of trustee. This person will have important responsibilities in adhering to your […]

What Are the Biggest Advantages to Hiring a Professional Trustee?

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When creating a trust you have the opportunity to name someone else or a corporate entity to serve as a trustee. The trustee needs to administer the terms of the trust. All trusts require some level of administration. A few of the factors to consider in deciding whether or not a member of your personal […]

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