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Durable Power of Attorney-the Smart Choice!

Durable Power of Attorney-the Smart Choice!

Today I received a frantic telephone call from the adult daughter of a senior citizen client for whom I prepared an estate plan 10 years ago.  Unfortunately, the man, who is a widower, had a serious stroke.  He is alive but is not communicative.  The daughter called and asked if I had prepared a Durable Power Of Attorney.  Even though I had prepared a Will and a Living Will, the client had insisted that he did not want a Power Of Attorney.

Specifically, this client is a very private person and wanted to be in complete control of all of his assets.  I had suggested that we establish a Trust, with him being the Trustee and having one of his children as a Co-Trustee who could take over if he came incapacitated.  That was rejected.

I suggested a Durable Power Of Attorney.  That was also rejected because he did not want anyone to have authority over his affairs.  I suggest that the Durable Power Of Attorney could be held until actually needed.

No…

More Taxes – Time after Time

More Taxes – Time after Time

Wake up and smell the coffee!  Its political season again and unfortunately it appears most candidates for State Governors and Congress are advocating a “tax the other guy” approach.

“We need more money for the schools!”-Tax the Rich.

“We need more money for the poor!” – Tax the oil companies.

“We need more money for the seniors!”-Increase sales tax.

“We need to fight Ebola!”-Tax the pharmaceutical companies.

We need money for good clauses so therefore we need to increase taxes?  Does that really makes sense?  When a politician advocates increasing taxes they always try to make it sound like they are not going increase your taxes but somehow your taxes will be increased.  Has any country ever taxed themselves and prosperity?  The fact is if you tax something you get less of it.  That truth is immutable and is not difficult to understand.  Politicians just simply ignore that and try to get voters to forget about it.

Taxes are drain on the economy.  It is no…

IRS Increase Contribution Amounts for Retirement Plans

The IRS announced in  IR 2014-99 increases to retirement plan contributions.

Highlights include the following: The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $17,500 to $18,000.
The catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50 and over who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $5,500 to $6,000.
The limit on annual contributions to an Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) remains unchanged at $5,500. The additional catch-up contribution limit for individuals aged 50 and over is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $1,000.
The deduction for taxpayers making contributions to a traditional IRA is phased out for singles and heads of household who are covered by a workplace retirement plan and have modified adjusted gross incomes (AGI) between $61,000 and $71,00…