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What you should know about a charitable lead trust

A charitable lead trust (CLT) is a type of trust that is commonly used for charitable giving and tax planning purposes. A New York donor creates a CLT by transferring property to a trustee for the benefit of a charity. How a CLT works A charitable lead trust sets up a...

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When a grantor trust is built to be broken

What happens when the grantor trust that's been set up was intended to be defective? Sometimes, they're supposed to be that way. IDGTs are a type of grantor trust that is purposefully broken by design so that the New York grantor can ensure that the income tax...

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TOD accounts or revocable trusts for transferring assets?

Transfer on death or payable on death accounts make people question whether they should create revocable trusts. TOD and POD accounts avoid the probate process after someone dies. New York allows a person to register stocks and bonds in a TOD account. There are pros...

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Can you set up a special needs trust in New York?

If you leave behind an inheritance for your special needs child in New York, they may become ineligible for government benefits. They must wait until they have used their inheritance to apply again for government benefits. The way to prevent this from happening is to...

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Using a charitable remainder trust in your estate plan

If you live in New York and you are preparing an estate plan, you might be interested in giving a portion of your estate to charity. With a charitable remainder trust, you can still provide for beneficiaries and may be able to take advantage of a tax deduction as...

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The basics of charity remainder trusts

There are many types of trusts that can be used in estate planning in New York, and one of the most popular ones is the charitable remainder trust. This type of trust works for those who want to give back to the community, while also leaving money for their heirs....

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Reviewing the basic types of trusts

Estate planning is a different experience for everyone, but there are similar concerns that come with creating a trust and will. Every estate planner in New York must consider their options when it comes to different types of trusts. You should learn about the four...

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Trusts have benefits, but wills are also important

Estate planning is often a daunting prospect for people in New York and other states. Knowing when and how to establish trusts -- and making sure wills meet the legal requirements -- could be daunting. A will is a document to ensure the testator's wishes are carried...

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