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Getting Remarried? It’s Time to Update Your Personal Estate Plan

If you’re recently engaged, let us first say congratulations. Remarrying can be an exciting time in life, full of promise for new love. But it is also one of those major life events that can…

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What George Bush’s Recent Death Reminds Us About Estate Planning

George H.W. Bush passed away on November 30, 2018 at the age of 94, making him the longest living President in United States History. His death came a mere eight months after the passing of…

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Three Quick Estate Planning Tips to Avoid Later Problems

Approximately half of Americans fail to make an estate plan, which can be a major mistake. Real estate investors have even more to lose without an estate plan. So what are some of the tools…

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Charitable Gift Options Using a Self-Directed 401(k)

Charitable contributions are a popular strategy among the wealthy for lowering tax payments. But this method isn’t exclusively for the Michael Dells and Kim Kardashians of the world. Investors from all income levels, including you,…

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Beneficiary Mistakes — Self-Directed 401(k) or IRA

Designating a proper beneficiary is essential for retirement account holders to guarantee their interests will be served. Whether you’re using a Self-Directed IRA or 401(k), you want to ensure that you are doing the most…

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A Land Trust Vs. a Living Trust

End of life matters are not always easy to think or talk about. However, making plans now, while you are healthy enough to do so, can save your loved ones time, money, and heartache. After…

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Trustee Vs. Executor: Who Do You Need For Estate Planning?

Unless you are the villain in a spy thriller, there’s unlikely to be any intrigue surrounding the reading of your will. Sure, this is a great cinematic device, but a “surprise” announcement regarding your trustee…

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Buy Your Retirement Home in Advance With Your Self-Directed IRA

You probably have your eye on a beautiful retirement home. If not, you may want to think about it. In my experience a retirement that you are in charge of makes for a better retirement…

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4 Pet Law Facts Animal Owners Should Know

I once owned a pit bull named Jackson. He went down a…

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Finding a Trustee For Your Estate Plan

Finding a trustee for your estate plan is tricky. If you choose someone who isn’t up to the task, you won’t be around to correct them. On the surface, the job ia simple. You name…

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DIY Estate Plans: Three Of The Mistakes To Avoid

Ever since the stupid Internet came along, every idiot in the world…

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Disinheriting Your Heirs: Your Legal Options

Disinheriting an heir is something most of us hope we never have to do. It’s sad, but it happens. Sometimes you grow estranged from an heir. Other times, the heir may be on a path…

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How to Get Out of Annuities

Annuities promise some pretty amazing things including a lifetime of income for you and your partner. They also carry some very sizable fees. There are some benefits, such as no maximums on annual contributions and…

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Rollover IRA’s Explained

An IRA rollover is a transfer of funds from one retirement account into another, such as a traditional IRA or Roth. You can do this either through a direct transfer or via check. If you…

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Should You Convert Your IRA or 401k to Roth?

Are you thinking about converting your IRA or 401k to a Roth? Doing so may or may not be a good idea. If you have a traditional IRA or 401k, your money is currently growing…

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How To Flip Houses & Avoid UBTI/UBIT

First of all, I’d like to commend all you house flippers out…

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A Series Of Landmark Prohibited Transaction Cases, Part Three: The Kellermans

This article is part 3 of a series with the goal of educating you, the Self-Directed IRA LLC investor, on how to successfully invest and avoid triggering prohibited transactions. If you’ve read parts 1 and…

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Are You Eligible For a Solo 401k?

Chances are if you’re reading this you’ve probably heard of a Solo 401k before, or as our friends at the IRS call it, a “one participant 401k.” Before you waste 5 minutes of your life…

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How to Fund Your Business or Start-Up With Self Directed IRA Investors

Do you have a private company or start-up that could use some funding? Maybe you’re planning on starting your own soon. Whatever the case is, you’re in for some great news! There’s tens of trillions…

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The Not-So-Well-Known Benefits of Roth IRAs

Many investors and financial professionals are familiar with the primary benefits of a Roth IRA: that after you pay taxes on the money going into the Roth IRA that the plans investments grow tax free…

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Estate Planning 101: Who Will Carry on Your Legacy?

Appointing a trustee is easier said than done. How do you know…

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D.I.Y. Estate Plans: 3 Common Mistakes

Normally when you think “Do It Yourself” you might imagine painting your…

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How To Pocket Your Retirement Distributions Tax Free

You’ve worked hard all your life, and now it’s time to retire,…

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How to Get The 50% Tax Penalty For Failing to Take RMD’s From Your IRA Waived

With all due respect to any financial masochists in the audience, almost nobody derives pleasure from paying taxes. But it’s kind of part of the deal of living and working in the United States. You…

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