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August 2015 Archives

Can you tap IRA funds before retirement?

In our last post, we highlighted a few things that could clarify misconceptions about IRAs, such as whether you have to open a new account for each annual contribution, and how important the beneficiary form can be. But we also understand that some of our readers may wonder if they could, or should, tap their IRAs before they reach retirement age.

Shield your retirement assets with trusts and other entities

Many people think that if they draft their will, open up a retirement account and draft powers of attorney, then their estate plan is complete for the duration. What people don't realize, however, is that comprehensive estate planning -- planning that truly sets you up for retirement, reduces tax liabilities and preserves assets for your heirs -- is not complete unless assets are structured in such as way as to eliminate unnecessary tax burdens and risk.

Resolving misconceptions about IRAs

We may be more than half a year away from tax season next year, but it is never too early to plan for the 2016 tax season. This is especially important if you are considering a new IRA or even contributing extra to your existing account. While IRAs are fairly common, there are a number of misconceptions that can lead an investor astray. With that said, this post will focus on clarifying a few of them

Lessons to be learned from Bobbi Kristina's estate

If you thought the end to iconic singer Whitney Houston’s life was sad, the fact that her only child passed away in the same manner is equally, if not more disturbing. Bobbi Kristina had been in a coma for months after she was found submerged in a bathtub, in the same fashion that her mother was found on the eve of the Grammy awards in 2012.

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