Michigan estate planning lawyer & attorney TJ Wall uses the Michigan Estate Planning Law Blog to provide commentary on estate planning and probate issues impacting Michigan residents. TJ Wall has practiced in the trust and estate planning areas since 1994 and uses this experience to write consistently strong blog posts. His blog offers great insight into Michigan estate planning and other important cases around the nation.
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If your income is too high, you can’t contribute directly to a Roth individual retirement account, but you can get one in a "backdoor" way. Step 1: Open a traditional IRA (in your case, it’s nondeductible). Step 2: Convert it to a Roth IRA. Is it worth it? “It’s a...
Social Security may be broke and busted but it’s still writing checks; get all to which you are entitled before it changes. Here are three "super secrets" for married folks: 1. Pick which retirement you want; yours or your spouse’s. Obviously select...
With the holidays in full gear, it’s time to do some planning that can help reduce your tax bill this year. Recently, U.S. News & World Report published an article geared specifically to seniors. Click on the link to view this article. Always be mindful of both federal...
Joe Paterno's transfer of homeownership to his wife in July most likely was not an attempt to shield assets before a sexual-abuse scandal hit Pennsylvania State University's football program. Instead, the move by the legendary coach more likely was made to take advantage of expiring estate...
After someone dies, the surviving family members will need to gather up all of the decedent's important papers. This will give the family members and/or probate attorney who will be assisting with settling the decedent's final affairs all of the pertinent information needed to complete the...
IRA owners turning 70-1/2 this year must comply with required minimum withdrawal rules -- or pay a costly penalty. If you own one or more traditional individual retirement accounts and will turn 70-1/2 this year, get ready to start taking mandatory annual payouts and paying extra income taxes. In...
When one spouse suffers from dementia, the other spouse often must take over managing the couple's finances, usually with the help of a power of attorney. But things don't always go smoothly with financial institutions. Just ask Chicago resident Eva Kripke, who has been handling money matters since...
Wishing you an Independence Day filled with pride in our country, and the companionship of family and friends! Many movies and television shows have a scene where a family gathers around a big table after a relative has died to listen to the reading of the will. While this is a great dramatic...
Yes, a tax-deferred annuity can easily be converted into a Medicaid Compliant Annuity. If the current carrier does not provide a Medicaid Compliant Annuity, the tax-deferred annuity can be "transferred" to the desired carrier by way of a 1035 exchange. A 1035 exchange refers to the...
Congress has passed and President Obama has signed into law the deal extending the Bush tax cuts that he struck with Congressional Republicans. The legislation restores the estate tax for two years at a 35 percent tax rate, with estates up to $5 million exempt from paying any tax ($10 million for...