Why Was the Estate Such a Mess?

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Offered by Dolan & Associates, P.C. Have you ever heard that the administration of someone’s estate was a complete mess? Family members fighting, out-of-control expenses, and it took years to complete. Maybe you’ve even experienced this outcome firsthand. Why is this happening? In many of these estates where there are significant problems, battles, and unnecessary… Read more »

The Wisdom of Thankfulness

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Offered by Dolan & Associates, P.C. The Christmas holiday season is upon us again. Unfortunately this time of year is often filled with stress, worry and over committing ourselves. We will rush out to buy more things for people who already have so many things they can’t even remember what things they wished for and/or… Read more »

IRAs on Death

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Offered by Dolan & Associates, P.C. You may begin withdrawals on your traditional Individual Retirement Account without penalty once you reach age 59½. You must begin taking withdrawals from your traditional IRA by April 15 of the year following the year in which you turn age 70½. How traditional IRAs are handled on death is… Read more »

Estate Planning Is Not an Event!

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Offered by Dolan & Associates, P.C. The typical estate planning in the United States is a simple transaction in which the client goes to the attorney, shares a small bit of information with them, returns a week or two later to sign a pile of documents, takes those documents and puts them in their safe… Read more »

Why didn’t the Will work?

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Offered by Dolan & Associates, P.C. Have you ever heard of a situation where someone left a Will dividing their estate equally among their children but one of the children ended up with most of the assets? How did it happen? The Will clearly said to divide the assets equally. Unfortunately, a Will only governs… Read more »

Old Estate Plans Can Cost You Taxes

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Offered by Dolan & Associates, P.C. Estate planning in the past often focused on helping you avoid death taxation which can now cost your family 40 cents of every dollar. Significant changes were made to the tax code at the beginning of 2013 that changed the landscape regarding how people plan their estates. Estate plans… Read more »

Guns and Estate Planning

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Offered by Dolan & Associates, P.C. Most gun owners understand their duties and responsibilities that go along with their constitutional right to possess and bear a firearm. However, in interpreting the rights provided under our Constitution, the federal and state governments have enacted numerous laws that create issues when it comes to leaving those firearms… Read more »

Mom? Dad? Where did you put the Wisdom?

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Offered by Michael A. Dolan, Attorney and Counselor at Law Think back to the first time you left your first born with a babysitter. One of you wanted to go out for dinner and a movie. You found someone you could trust to watch the baby, made your dinner arrangements, and proceeded to write down… Read more »