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The Department of Labor's pending regulation concerning financial planners who handle retirement accounts has caused some concern that popular media figures like Dave Ramsey might be censored. Elder law advocates have long been concerned that people who receive bad or self-interested advice from financial and retirement planners have little, practical recourse. If someone follows bad […]

Many people are under a false impression that they do not need to make withdrawals from an IRA they have inherited until they have to take withdrawals from an IRA they initiated. To avoid penalties it is important to understand the rules. If you have an IRA of your own or you inherit one from […]

Social Security is designed to be a pension system that replaces income when people retire.  However, it is not designed to be a full pension that replaces your entire income. It is therefore important to know what percentage of your current monthly income you will receive in monthly Social Security benefits after retirement. Social Security […]

One of the most important decisions that seniors make is when to start taking Social Security benefits. The full retirement age for most people is 67, but that does not necessarily mean that everyone should wait to start benefits until then. Americans born after 1960 achieve full retirement age at 67. That is when a person […]

Many seniors in the U.S. fall victim to living trust scammers who scare and intimidate their victims into purchasing worthless, unnecessary trusts. Seniors need to know what to look out for to avoid being victims. Going through probate can be burdensome on an estate. The estate tax can devastate the wealth of estates. Both of […]

The last proposed budget of Barack Obama's presidency contains several changes to the tax codes important to estate planning. President Obama has submitted his last budget proposal to Congress. It contains many of the same changes to the tax code he has previously attempted to implement. While there appears to be little chance the Republican […]

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a bill to fix the backlog in Medicare appeals could cost $1.7 billion. The Audit & Appeals Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare Act is a bipartisan effort in the Senate to help with the current backlog in processing and adjudicating Medicare appeals, which is currently 587 days. The […]

The Detroit Lions say that there is a succession plan in place for when the current owner passes away. They are not saying what that plan is, which might cause some concern for the NFL. Like other professional sports leagues the NFL has tight restrictions on who can own a franchise. It is important to […]

Inheriting commercial real estate can seem like a financial windfall for many people. But it can turn into a financial nightmare if environmental pollution is later discovered on the property. In "Contaminated Property Makes for Costly Inheritance" the New York Times writes about two heirs to commercial real estate who had to pay a high […]

Law enforcement authorities believe that a long simmering battle over a family trust was the root cause of a double homicide and the subsequent suicide of the suspect. Raymond Giehl III became concerned when his wife sent him a text message that her uncle Lucius Hamilton III was at their home in an Indianapolis suburb […]