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Considerations when setting up a special needs trust

Estate planning is important for everyone who wants to ensure that their wishes are carried out after they die or if they become incapacitated. However, if you are the parent or guardian of someone with special needs, it's particularly crucial to make sure that your loved one is taken care of when you're no longer able to do so.

What new parents need to include in their estate plans

Many younger adults never consider having an estate plan until they have children. If you and your spouse are thinking of working with a Maryland estate planning attorney to get your plans in place before the birth of your first child, there are a couple of key issues to think about.

Giving the kids a bargain on your home

You're doing your estate planning, and you've decided to sell your home to one of your children, rather than leaving it in your will. This way, everything is taken care of in advance, the kids don't have to work out owning a piece of the family home, and you get the money for the house in advance.

Setting up an incentive trust

You've worked hard to accumulate the wealth that you have and invested wisely. You want to leave that wealth to your children, grandchildren and other family members when you pass away. However, you don't want this new-found wealth to ruin their lives. You want to ensure that they use it to better their lives and the lives of others. How do you avoid the curse of "trust fund babies?"

Marylanders may face multiple estate taxes plus inheritance taxes

Sometimes even death isn't enough to make us exempt from paying taxes -- or at least from those who inherit our estate from paying them. Marylanders are among the Americans whose beneficiaries may find themselves with a particularly large tax burden in estate and inheritance taxes if they don't do some careful estate planning.

Protecting your child with a special needs trust

One of the primary concerns of people who have children with special needs is who will take care of them when they are gone if the disabled child is not able to care for or support themselves as adults. By setting up a special needs trust, you can help ensure that they'll be cared for and that their assets will be protected.

Using your estate plan to leave a legacy

Increasingly, estate planning isn't just about leaving money, property and other assets to family members and other loved ones. For many Americans, it's become a way to leave a legacy -- to use the fruits of your success to help organizations that are doing work you value or that have meant something in your life.

Estate planning is more important than ever for same-sex couples

With the Trump administration in place and a Republican majority in both houses of Congress, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are concerned that the legal victories they've had in recent years may be rolled back in the upcoming years.

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