A life estate is a form of property ownership that splits control and ownership of a property. The person who creates the life estate for their home and assets is known as the life tenant. Though the tenant retains control of the property, they share ownership during their lifetime with the remainderman, a legal term referring to the estate's heir.
There is a popular misperception among many seniors that in order to protect their assets from creditors, including the cost of nursing home care, they should consider gifting their assets to their children.
When was the last time you updated, or even thought about, the beneficiary designations listed on your retirement accounts, life insurance, or annuity contracts? If you don’t remember, it’s time for a review!
If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s life’s uncertainty. While we all hope for the best, as a business owner, it’s important to be prepared for anything. Having an answer to life’s curveballs can help you stay in business, ensure that your legacy lives on, and that your business partners and family are taken care of.
Clients with sufficient wealth to leave them exposed to future estate tax burdens need to understand that the time to act on the generous estate tax exemption established in 2017 by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is now—not when the expanded exemption sunsets the end of 2025.