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Economic Impact Payments Issued to Deceased Taxpayers

Millions of Americans have already received their Economic Impact Payments (EIP) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to automatically send the EIP to most eligible individuals. Many have received checks payable to taxpayers who died in 2018 or 2019 since payments were based…

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Estate Planning for College Students

Congratulations! You graduated from high school and are (fingers crossed) heading off to college in the fall.  In preparation, you are shopping for school supplies, bedding, a new wardrobe, and researching the best classes to take.  What you’re likely not thinking about is ensuring you have the proper estate planning documents in place before heading…

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Avoid the Pitfalls of Leaving Assets to Minors

For parents of minor children, under 18 years of age, there are important considerations you should be discussing with respect to your Last Will & Testament.  Minor children do not have the ability to collect the funds of an estate or be their own decision-maker.  This is why the estate planning documents of the parents should provide…

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Supplemental Needs Trusts

Question:  My son who is disabled and collects SSI has an existing Special Needs Trust.  My parents would like to give him a gift, can I deposit the money into that trust? Answer:  That depends.  Special Needs Trusts, also know as Supplemental Needs Trusts (SNT) are trusts that protect a disabled individuals own income and…

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Staying Conscious

As I walked along the beach road where I live, I saw a bright spot in the grass which turned out to be a rock, painted pink and inscribed with “LOVE”.  I put this new treasure in my pocket and continued to the beach, contemplating the state of current affairs.  I couldn’t help but wonder…

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Credit Card Debts of a Decedent

Q: My brother passed away with significant credit card debt, as the executor and one of the beneficiaries his estate am I responsible to pay these bills?   A: As executor of your brother’s estate you are responsible to pay the debts out of the assets of his estate. You are not personally liable for…

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Because of who you are – we are Burner Law Group, PC.

This year my marks my firm’s 25th year and tomorrow is Administrative Assistants day. These are the stories about the people who make up the firm. Some references are to individual contributions, some reference acts of determination that are repeated so often by so many over a span of years that they have become the…

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Pooled Income Trusts

Question: My parents are in their eighties and live at home together. My mother is in good health; however, I have noticed my father’s health is declining. While my mother is able to assist him in some ways, I think he would benefit from Medicaid home care services by having an aide to help in…

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Creating a Work-Life Balance

Last week, I was reminded of a turning point in my early years when trying to integrate my family life with my professional life. The recent upheaval caused by the pandemic has highlighted the difficulty in creating a “work-life balance.” The optimum work life balance and how to accomplish it have been a common topic…

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The Third Age

I have a confession to make. I did a Tedx talk in 2016, entitled: “Making Heads or Tails of the Third Age” and I never looked at it again. The Third Age was a term I used for most individuals who, after a period of striving to survive and raise families and improve careers, seek opportunities to…

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