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Estate Planning and Retirement Considerations for Late-in-Life Parents

16542-old parent young child.jpgDriven in part by changing cultural mores and surrogate motherhood, older parents are becoming more and more common. Comedian and author Steve Martin had his first child at age 67. Singer Billy Joel just welcomed his third daughter. Janet Jackson had a child at age 50. If you are a later-in-life parent, you should take into account several special estate planning and retirement considerations.

How Will the New Tax Law Affect You?

16482-U.S. Capitol.jpgThe Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017 and represents the most significant reform of the U.S. tax code in over 30 years. Before we get into the details, you should be aware that almost everything listed below expires after 2025, and the tax structure reverts to its current form in 2026 unless Congress acts between now and then. However, the corporate tax rate cut from 35 percent to 21 percent does not expire.

How do you discuss estate planning with your parents?

Like other Texans who are at or reaching retirement age, your parents may not be particularly interested in discussing estate planning. However, as they continue to get older or develop chronic health issues, you may need to push them into considering it gently.

Are Trusts Still Useful If the Estate Tax Is Repealed?

16144-Estate tax.jpgWith Republicans in control of Congress and the presidency, there is talk of eliminating the federal estate tax. In 2017 the tax affects only estates over $5.49 million, meaning that for more than 99 percent of Americans, it's already been repealed. With no estate tax, do you still need a trust? While trusts can be used to shelter assets from the estate tax, trusts have many other valuable estate planning uses.

How to Pass Your Home to Your Children Tax-Free

istock_000013882024_extrasmall_sm.jpgGiving your house to your children can have tax consequences, but there are ways to accomplish it tax-free. The best method to use will depend on your individual circumstances and needs. It's also important to use a strategy that will put you in the best position for future Medicaid long term care benefit eligibility should the need arise.

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