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Mistakes in Beneficiary Designations
Posted on: January 3rd, 2014
Beneficiary designations are an important tool in estate planning – one must always remember that their terms trump the distributions provided in a decedent’s Will. Retirement accounts, life insurance, and other assets offer owners the power to entitle individuals to these assets upon the owner’s death. Errors could cost a surviving family member their expected share of a loved one’s estate, pass assets to an unintended party, incite family conflict, or cause unnecessary tax burdens for beneficiaries....
Elective Share Changes in North Carolina
Posted on: November 5th, 2013
Provisions in a Will in favor of a spouse are revoked in divorce in North Carolina, however beneficiary designations are not revoked. Beneficiary designations for life insurance policies, as well as retirement accounts must be updated in order to prevent an ex-spouse—or a soon-to-be ex-spouse—from being legally entitled to these assets. ...
Equitable Distribution Process in North Carolina
Posted on: October 25th, 2013
Claims for equitable distribution in North Carolina are only valid if they are made after the date of separation and before the date of divorce. When filed timely, the process starts with identifying marital and separate property....
Top 5 States for Dynasty Trusts
Posted on: October 17th, 2013
Dynasty trusts in North Carolina offer creditor and asset protection for future generations while at the same time legally bypassing certain taxes. ...
BVI Accounts Under Scrutiny in 2014
Posted on: September 23rd, 2013
A new law will reveal more details about United States taxpayers who maintain accounts in the British Virgin Islands. Starting in 2014, the BVI will need to provide account information about US taxpayers in order to comply with the new legislation....
3 Things to Include in a North Carolina Prenuptial Agreement
Posted on: August 25th, 2013
Creating a North Carolina prenuptial (premarital) agreement for engaged couples empowers both partners with the ability to decide what happens to their respective property in the event of divorce, a spouse’s death or incapacitation....