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What is the best way to pick a beneficiary for your 401k?

What’s the Best Way to Select a Beneficiary for My 401(k)?

You might not be able to spend all the money in your 401(k) plan before you die. If that happens, your retirement savings will pass to the person you name as the beneficiary of the account. The information on your 401(k) beneficiary form typically supersedes what is written in your will. Therefore, it is important to keep this form up to date for all your retirement and investment accounts.

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Dividing up property can be tricky.

How Do the Children Divide Up Mom’s Tangible Property?

One of the biggest challenges for anyone administering an estate is how to distribute what are called its tangible items. Unlike other property which can be easily sold, turned into cash and divided equally, tangible property is unique and often can’t be equally split. Its value also often can’t be measured by what it could be sold for. A family photo album may have no monetary value, for instance, but great sentimental significance.

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Social Security benefits may decrease if you work.

Working and Collecting Social Security Benefits

For most Americans, Social Security plays an important role in maintaining retirement security. The benefit payments represent an income stream that is free of default, investment, inflation and longevity (outliving your money) risks.

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Advance directives are an important part of an estate plan.

Why You Need an Advance Directive Right Now

COVID-19 is quickly becoming the leading cause of death in the United States. As of today, Indiana has over 37,000 cases of COVID-19 and over 2,100 deaths. That is why articulating your wishes regarding end-of-life health care, is more important than ever.

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A constructive trust is a part of estate planning when something goes wrong.

What You Should Know about Constructive Trusts

A constructive trust isn’t a trust in the traditional sense. For example, if you were creating a revocable living trust there are certain steps you’d need to take, including drawing up the trust document, naming a trustee, choosing beneficiaries and transferring property or other assets to the trust. This type of trust could be used to manage your assets during your lifetime and beyond, on behalf of your beneficiaries.

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