Power of Attorney— Myths and Misconceptions
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Power of Attorney— Myths and Misconceptions

At Berwitz & DiTata LLP, we believe that lifetime planning is at least as important as planning for after death and that no plan is complete without a carefully drafted and thorough power of attorney. A power of attorney designates a person, called the agent, to make decisions and take responsibility for managing the principal’s...

For Readers Making Charitable Contributions in 2020
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For Readers Making Charitable Contributions in 2020

Last year, we advised our readers of a tax savings strategy that involved funding charitable contributions with their required minimum distributions or “RMDs.”  We wish to remind those who anticipate making charitable contributions before year-end to review our article entitled “The Benefits of Using Your IRA to Make Charitable Contributions.”  For your convenience, we have...

Understanding Your FDIC Coverage
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Understanding Your FDIC Coverage

The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) is an independent agency of the United States government created to protect depositors of FDIC insured banks and savings associations against loss due to the failure of the insured bank. It covers all types of deposits: checking, savings, money market and time deposits like certificate of deposits (“CDs”), dollar-for-dollar...

Lessons Learned from Chadwick Boseman
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Lessons Learned from Chadwick Boseman

The premature death of “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, a young actor who had such a positive impact on so many lives, serves as a sad reminder of the importance of estate planning.   Shortly before his death, Boseman married his long time fiancé.  Boseman’s marriage significantly affected the disposition of his estate.  When a...

Why Haven’t I Received My Inheritance?
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Why Haven’t I Received My Inheritance?

After a loved one dies, family members frequently have unrealistic expectations as to the steps that are necessary to complete the process of distributing the decedent’s assets. Chief among them is the belief that the distributive plan developed for the decedent should be implemented immediately and the property dispersed to the beneficiaries. When the fiduciary,...

Protecting Our Financial Privacy
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Protecting Our Financial Privacy

Did you know that financial institutions can share our personal and financial records? Did you know that credit reporting agencies can sell our credit report to credit card companies and others? Credit bureaus collect and profile data about each and every one of us in order to help businesses make decisions about those with whom they...

Estate Planning For Your Blended Family
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Estate Planning For Your Blended Family

Second or third marriages and blended families, where one or both spouses come to the marriage with children from a prior relationship, can raise interesting and sometimes difficult questions when considering an appropriate estate plan. The primary purpose of estate planning is to insure that, when you pass away, your assets pass to those whom...

Six Reasons To Review Your Estate Planning Documents
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Six Reasons To Review Your Estate Planning Documents

If you already have a will, you may be ahead of the game. But don’t be too sure. When did you last review it? Do you recall where you put the original? Has your life changed in the interim? Have you married, divorced, had children or have your children given you grandchildren? Have you inherited...

Medicaid Asset-Protection Trusts
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Medicaid Asset-Protection Trusts

Ideally, every client of Berwitz & DiTata LLP would have the foresight to plan now for the possibility that they will require care in the future. Most people believe that the only way to accomplish this is through long-term care insurance. Not everyone qualifies and those who do are often discouraged by the cost. Fortunately,...