Personal Finance 101 – How do I protect assets for my kids?

How do I protect assets for my kids after my spouse and I die? If your kids are still minors, then the laws in your state likely prevent them from owning property until they reach a certain age (usually 18), so a legal representative must be appointed to manage the assets left to the kids. There are a couple options you can choose from that can protect assets for the kids. First, you can nominate a “Conservator” (sometimes called a Guardian for property) to manage assets on behalf of any minor children inheriting property from you. You can nominate the Conservator in your Last Will and Testament, or, if you don’t have a Will, the courts will appoint a Conservator since someone must manage property for the minor children. While the assets are held by the Conservator, they are generally protected from creditors, but state laws can also limit how easily the assets can be accessed for the benefit of ...

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How Can A Business Owner Save Money?

Through the creation of a captive insurance company, businesses can cut their taxes and increase the value of their estate. A business creates a captive insurance company to insure its risk; the captive can issue property and casualty insurance. It can also collect and invest premiums, as well as pay claims. To be sure, the business can also use the captive for pretax wealth accumulation, to protect assets, for efficient estate planning and to retain key employees. The business determines the policy terms, whether to write new or renewable policies and the types of insurance coverage to write. The strategy works best for companies that generate at least $1 million in annual net income, making it viable for physician groups, associations, franchisees and other businesses. For instance, Stan and Joan Smart, 60 and 55, respectively, own ABC manufacturing company. They seek better risk management and estate planning. After meeting with their financial adviser, Stan and Joan decide to retain an ...

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