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The estate tax is a tax on the very wealthy.

What Exactly Is the Estate Tax?

The estate tax in the United States is a tax on your right to transfer property to other individuals upon your death, according to the IRS. In other words, when you die, the U.S. government might be entitled to a portion of your assets before the remainder can be passed to your heirs. Not all inherited assets are subject to the estate tax. In fact, the U.S. estate tax only affects the wealthiest households.

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A trust is a good way to avoid probate.

Avoiding Probate with a Trust

In other words, family members who are not named to inherit anything in the will may still see the list of all of the assets. If you don’t want that result, you can avoid it by establishing a trust.

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Plan for your digital assets.

Extra Social Security Benefits for Divorced People

While it’s not the best idea to expect your benefits alone to support you in retirement (after all, Social Security is only designed to replace around 40% of your pre-retirement income), some retirees have no other option but to depend on their monthly checks to cover the majority of their expenses.

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Credit Card debt will be paid from the debtor's estate.

Death and credit card debt.

My father recently passed away and we discovered he had a large credit card debt on a card in his name. My mother wasn’t aware of it. All assets are in both of their names. Is my mother liable for the credit card debt?

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Giving away your house is almost never a good idea.

Should I Buy Mortgage Protection Life Insurance?

After closing on a mortgage, many individuals immediately begin receiving daily solicitations in the mail, urging them to purchase mortgage protection life insurance (MPI). Simply put, MPI is a type of life insurance sold by banks affiliated with lenders, and by independent insurance companies, who obtain information about a person’s mortgage through public records.

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Invest in your IRA as early as you can to increase compounding.

Will I Be Hit with a Penalty for an Early IRA Withdrawal?

Most financial experts would agree that it is rarely, if ever, a good idea to take an early withdrawal from a traditional IRA or Roth IRA. This is due in part to the high cost of penalties that can hit an account holder for an early withdrawal (not to mention losing out on years of potential earnings).

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