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Financial Awareness and Divorce

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I have been approached by many matrimonial attorneys, therapists, and divorce coaches who ask me to help their clients with their finances before, during, and after their divorces. Many people getting divorced, both men and women, may be smart, accomplished, or at their top of their professions, yet were not the ones handling the finances in their marriage. Many of these clients don’t know what they spend, how much their mortgage is, what assets they have, how much debt they have, what is in their investment accounts, or what is in their pension and retirement accounts. They weren’t the ones…
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The Powerful Tax Savings of “Qualified Small Business Stock”

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IRC Section 1202 provides one of the most powerful tax benefits in the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (IRC) to entrepreneurs and investors. However, it is also one of the least recognized IRC Sections, even amongst those who stand to most benefit from its use. Section 1202 provides an exclusion from taxation to a qualified investor of up to $10 million of capital gain or 10 times the stockholder’s adjusted cost basis, whichever is greater, upon the sale of Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS). Why has such a generous provision in the tax code gone comparatively unnoticed? A look back at…
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Estate Planning in Light of Tax Reform: Your Questions and Our Answers – 2021 Update

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This post will help you unpack some of the estate and gift tax provisions of the 2017 Tax Reform Act, as well as answer some of the most pressing questions raised by the changes. In a nutshell, what stayed the same and what changed? One major item that stayed the same is the simple existence of an estate tax. The initial tax reform bill from the House called for a complete elimination of the estate tax, which didn’t make its way into the final law.  Trump had also talked about altering the current date-of-death basis step-up for gains above a…
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Pay Attention to How Your Accounts are Titled

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Do you have sizeable jointly held accounts with your spouse? Is your estate large enough that it could be subject to federal or state estate taxes? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then pay attention, because your Will may not do what you think it does. What’s the problem here? Your Will is not the end of the story. Your Will might only “work” if you title your accounts properly. It’s not uncommon for us to see well-drafted Wills with solid tax planning incorporated into the estate plan. In the case of a high net worth client,…
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Retirement Calculator Test Drive: Which Will Work Best for You?

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Estimating Your Retirement Needs with an Online Calculator Beginning the process of making retirement contributions is a big step for anyone. Today, proper retirement planning seems more important than ever, but where do you begin to crunch numbers? For many, an online retirement savings calculator offers an anonymous, low-commitment method to obtain the basic estimates you need to get started and know how much money you need to retire comfortably. More than just providing one metric, retirement calculators can provide a lot of useful information about how to achieve that desired nest egg amount. From adjusting your risk profile to…
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Estate Planning Opportunities for Private Equity Partners

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As a founder of a private equity (PE) fund, you are likely more interested in sourcing new deals and successfully getting your fund off the ground than thinking about proactive estate planning. This is understandable, but the reality is that a PE fund interest, specifically the carried interest (often referred to as “carry”) earned as general partner, is an ideal asset to gift for estate planning purposes. The main reason is because of its high potential for appreciation and low initial value. What is carried interest and why is it an attractive asset to transfer? PE funds, as well as…
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