A revocable living trust is an essential aspect of any estate plan. Also known as a living trust, it is a legal entity created to hold personal and family assets. There are two parties involved in a living trust. They are the grantor, or trustmaker, and the trustee. Often, they end up being the same person. A revocable living trust goes through three phases which are outlined here.
Estate planning issues usually have a larger impact on women than men because wives tend to outlive their husbands. Women are often younger than their husbands and have a longer life expectancy. As a result, the burden of estate administration usually falls on women.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was a landmark decision with implications for all taxpayers beginning in 2018. With the most significant changes since 1986, the law generally reduces income tax rates for the vast majority of Americans. This article breaks down the major tax changes taxpayers should plan for in 2018.