For the majority of Americans, most net worth is held in the home and/or tax deferred retirement accounts. Estate planning for the home was covered in our previous post, http://www.perlalaw.com/blog/estate-planning-for-your-home-simple-will-transfer-on-death-affidavit-or-revocable-trust/. This post will focus on planning for tax deferred retirement accounts.
What is a Tax Deferred Retirement Account?
A tax deferred retirement account is a financial account where your contributions can grow tax deferred until they are withdrawn. Traditional IRAs, Annuities and 401(k)’s… Read the rest
Probate property is property that does not have a mechanism to transfer ownership at death. Examples of mechanisms to transfer ownership at death are beneficiary designations or a transfer on death designation affidavit.
Examples of probate property are bank accounts without beneficiary designations, automobiles titled in one person’s name, houses titled in one person’s name and without a transfer on death designation affidavit, household items, family heirlooms, etc.
A Will only dictates the transfer of probate property. A Will has no bearing on non-probate property.
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