When a family patriarch or matriarch dies, families may lose the glue that holds them together. Besides just dealing with grief, unresolved feelings towards each other can surface, exploding into a full-fledged feud. This is especially true when there are stepchildren and biological children in the family mix.
Inheritance tax is not something most people deal with every day. So if you have just inherited property from a relative, do you have to pay Kentucky inheritance tax?
Your relative has left you a portion of his or her life's savings. Now you have choices to make. Do you invest, pay your bills, give some to charity or just have a good time spending it?
Most business owners probably have at least a vague idea of what should happen to their business after they let it go or after they're gone. But an idea that you don't detail in writing isn't likely to help you or your heirs in matters of business succession.
More and more American baby boomers are reaching retirement age and planning their estates. Remarkably, it's been estimated that in the next 35 years, $30 trillion will change hands in the biggest transfer of wealth in the nation's history. However, according to a recent survey of wealthy Americans, 43 percent of respondents said they didn't feel that inheritance planning was a pressing issue.
Step one: do the planning. Too many families are thrown into frustrating, time-consuming, expensive probate disputes because a comprehensive estate plan simply wasn't in place. You can start with a detailed list of assets with a name by each to indicate who should receive what. Your attorney can help you with this, as well as with estate valuation and the proper documents to ensure a smooth and smart distribution to heirs.