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Understanding Estate Planning – It’s Not Just Death and Taxes

A Financial Poise column dedicated to the idea that a complete, thoughtful estate plan can protect you during your life, provide security for your loved ones, promote family harmony and save taxes.


Understanding Estate Planning – It’s Not Just Death and Taxes

Will President Trump Repeal the Estate Tax?

February 8, 2017

The Republican tax reform plan may have bigger fish to fry   by Michelle M. Huhnke      Since President Donald J. Trump took office, controversy surrounding his executive orders and cabinet appointments have muted attention to another polarizing issue—tax reform. The news cycle is dominated by the drama of potentially repealing the Affordable Care Act, […]

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Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples

October 20, 2016

By Michelle Huhnke In my state of Illinois, the Supreme Court recently ruled – again – that unmarried cohabiting partners who break up have no rights in the property of the other.  In other words, the law of property division and alimony or support that applies to divorcing spouses does not apply to unmarried couples […]

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Informal Estate Planning

September 15, 2016

By Michelle Huhnke In my first column, I asserted that most people need a well-thought out estate plan that includes a Will as well as powers of attorney for health care and property. Another part of basic estate planning includes coordinating all of your “non-probate” property. A Will controls all the property that you hold […]

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Do I Need an Estate Plan?

August 8, 2016

By Michelle Huhnke The media frequently report that a majority of Americans do not have a Will.  The articles cite the presumed high costs of estate planning and the mistaken belief that people with more modest estates do not need to plan for them.  This column explains some of the factors that go into deciding […]

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