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Posted On 1/7/2013In case you haven’t heard, the New Year brought a new law recently signed by the President. To avoid the country from falling off the “fiscal cliff,” the “American Taxpayer Relief Act” was approved on New Year’s Day.
Posted On 12/20/2012There are only a few days left before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st and the tax law changes. Or will it?
Posted On 10/19/2012
Unless Congress takes action before year-end, which most experts think is unlikely, the amount that can be passed free of estate tax will drop from $5.12 million to $1 million on January 1, 2013. For a decedent with an estate of $5 million, this would result in an increase in estate tax of $2,045,000.
Posted On 9/1/2010
JULY 2010 GEORGIA MAKES MAJOR CHANGES AFFECTING YOUR WILL AND/OR TRUST
You should update your Will and/or Trust
Posted On 1/22/2010
This article spells out the process for getting a new estate tax measure passed in Congress and the impact of the delays.
Posted On 12/2/2009
We are pleased to inform you that Charles B. Pyke, Jr. was quoted in the November issue of Money Magazine in the article “Marrying Finances – For the Second Time” written by Karen Cheney. With the divorce rate hovering at 50%, multiple marriages have resulted in millions of “blended” families. While each family is unique, blended families bring even more challenges for estate planning. Click here to read the entire article in Money Magazine.
Posted On 6/29/2009
The sudden death of Michael Jackson serves as a reminder to everyone that, no matter your age, you need to have your estate planning in order. The pop superstar died on Thursday, June 25th at 50 years old. The media is speculating as to how his estate will be handled and the future of his young children. No public statement has been made in regard to his personal planning and the media and the nation will wait anxiously to see how this unfolds. If Michael Jackson prepared a Trust the public will most likely never know the details as it will be held private, however, if he had a Will it becomes part of public record. In the state of California, a Will needs to be presented within 30 days. Jackson's assets, royalties and the amount of debt he had accumulated most likely will lead to lengthy battles over his estate.
Posted On 5/29/2009
Carolyn Bigdas article "Rethink Your Legacy" in the June issue of Money Magazine explores the five questions you should be asking regarding your estate. The article recommends the American Academys website, www.aaepa.com, as a source to find a qualified estate planning attorney. The Associate Director of Education at the Academy, Steve Hartnett, was also interviewed in the article and lent his expertise to one of the five questions. This is the fifth mention of finding a quality attorney on the American Academys members list by Money Magazine in the last 21 issues.
Posted On 1/29/2009
The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys was recommended in the January 2009 Consumer Reports Money Adviser newsletter. The article “How to Avoid Inheritance Feuds” focuses on techniques for avoiding conflict after a loved one passes away.
Posted On 12/26/2008
In the January 2009 issue of Money Magazine, Walecia Konrads article entitled "Keep It In The Family" focuses on making sure the wealth youve worked so hard to accumulate will go to the people you love.
Posted On 10/27/2008
Our recent book on estate planning is written specifically with you, the consumer, in mind. It is a comprehensive guide written in simple, easy-to-understand language. The book covers topics such as the differences between Wills and Trusts, holding property in joint tenancy, functions of powers of attorney, maximizing IRA distributions with proper estate planning, and much, much more. After reading this book, you will have the knowledge needed to make an informed decision about getting started on - or updating - your own plan. This is a must have for all families looking to protect their hard-earned assets and pass their legacy on to future generations.
Posted On 3/18/2008
Robert Armstrong, President of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, was interviewed by Money Magazine senior writer Penelope Wang for her article "A Midlife Money Checkup" in the March 2008 Issue.
Posted On 12/20/2007
The John Tesh Radio Show recommended the American Academy as a resource for finding an estate planning attorney. The segment focusing on money and finance originally aired in September 2007 and was repeated in December 2007.
Posted On 10/25/2007
The September issue of Money Magazine has an article entitled,"20 Timeless Money Rules." Rule 17, Exiting Gracefully, is particularly significant because it emphasizes the importance of putting together your estate plan. The recommendation of Money Magazine is that you search for a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys: "To find a lawyer, ask friends and colleagues for recommendations or get referrals online at the website of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (aaepa.com)."
Posted On 7/21/2007
Estate Planning Attorney, Charles Pyke, recently completed in-depth training on planning with IRAs at an educational conference in Las Vegas. The instructor is the nationally known IRA expert, Ed Slott. Mr. Slott is the author of the widely acclaimed book, “The Retirement Savings Bomb…and How to Defuse It.” He has lectured extensively for years to financial professionals across the country on the complex IRA rules and how to properly plan to preserve and then transfer IRAs to family members.
Posted On 2/12/2005
Charles B. Pyke, Jr. has recently co-authored a book titled "A Will is Not Enough in Georgia" with attorney Amelia Pohl. This book covers topics such as wills, trusts, business planning, health care and Medicaid Planning.