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3 Common Mistakes in Establishing a Trust

Have you been considering establishing a trust as part of your estate plan? Trusts are often overlooked and under-appreciated in the big picture of estate planning. Most people focus on a will, yet wills are not a silver bullet. They are simply an estate planning tool, which means that they have a clear purpose and some limitations. The function of a will is to tell the executor of your estate how you’d like your assets

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Planning for the Cost of Life Care

Are you prepared to cover the cost of elder care for yourself or your loved one? As the costs of medical care and other related expenses continue to rise, this is an important conversation to have — inside of your own family, and with your financial advisor. What can you expect to pay? According to Genworth, the median cost of in-home care is $54,912 per year. If you have to go to a nursing home,

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The new Child Tax Credit. What is it all about?

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 expanded the Child Tax Credit and introduced some unique changes.  You likely have heard about this lately in the news or from your accountant. This outline provides direct links to IRS information, a breakdown of and how it may affect you. Does the Child Tax Credit change give me more money? One key feature of the ARPA is the credit amounts have increased for the 2021 tax

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What Is Life Insurance, and Do You Need It?

Life insurance is a sensitive topic. Nobody likes to sit down to discuss their mortality, but it is a conversation every responsible person should have. Life insurance can provide financial protection in the event a family member passes. There are many types of life insurance that could be considered for various stage of life, from birth to death. Who Needs Life Insurance? Life insurance can be a vital piece of a solid financial plan, particularly

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Roth IRA for Kids: Benefits, Eligibility, Investing

Here at SYM, our team gets lots of questions from clients about Roth IRA for kids. In fact, we have discussed the benefits of opening a custodial Roth IRA for the next generation before and covered the pros and cons in a separate article. Still, we wanted to take an in-depth look at some of the strategies for optimizing a Roth IRA for children. First things first. A “Roth IRA for kids” is a Roth

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529 Plans: A Secret Weapon for College Savings

529 plans are tax-advantaged savings accounts to save for your child’s college education. The technical name given to the 529 plan by the IRS is a Qualified Tuition Plan (QTP). Under this QTP, a contributor can prepay a beneficiary’s qualified higher education expenses at an eligible education institution — or contribute to an account for paying those expenses in the future. Distributions from 529 accounts are tax-free when used for qualified educational expenses. A great

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