Estate Planning Archives - Rodgers & Associates

Blog posts by Rodgers & Associates on the subject of estate planning, including topics like planned giving to heirs, passing wealth through gener­a­tions, and minimizing taxes.

Annuity Traps Part 2: Death Benefits

Rick Rodgers

While annuities can be an important way to build wealth, many individuals don’t realize how compli­cated these insurance products can be. In this article, we’ll walk you through what you need to know about annuity contracts and the five-year-rule.

Does Your Estate Plan Still Need a Trust?

Rick Rodgers

Estate tax exemp­tions are much higher than they once were. As a result, it may be worth­while to review your estate plan and terminate trusts that are no longer needed.

Reporting to Credit Agencies after Death

Rodgers & Associates

Managing finances as a recent widow or widower is a hard but necessary task. Rodgers and Associates can provide the help needed to make the transition easier.

Estate Planning for Pets

Patrick Carney

Do you have a plan to provide for your pets after you’re gone? We’ll cover some estate planning tips for our furry friends on this edition of Project Wealth.

6 Reasons to File an Amended Tax Return

Rick Rodgers

You probably just finished filing your tax return for 2018 and you’re thankful that it’s done for another year. The last thing you want to think about now is amending…

Planning Estates with IRAs

Lee Pelko

People think that naming heirs in a will is enough. We’ll explain why adding them as benefi­ciaries on an IRA account is important on this edition of Project Wealth.

Pennsylvania: Good State To Retire In, Bad State To Die In

Patrick Carney

While the federal estate tax (in its current form) is probably something that very few people will need to worry about, the inher­i­tance tax is really something that all Pennsyl­va­nians need to consider.

The Tax Advantages of Charitable Remainder Trusts

Rick Rodgers

What happens when you combine aging baby boomers and a stock market reaching all-time highs? A renewed interest in chari­table remainder trusts (CRT). The oldest of America’s 72 million baby boomers are…

Reducing Taxes on an Inherited IRA

Rick Rodgers

Have you recently inherited an IRA account? Did you know that the IRD deduction may help reduce the income tax you owe on taxable distri­b­u­tions? Income in respect of a decedent…

What To Do When a Relative Passes Away

Rick Rodgers

When my father died a few years ago my mother was overwhelmed by the many details that needed to be attended to during such an emotional time. My Mom was fortunate…

When Is Your Beneficiary Not Your Beneficiary?

Rick Rodgers

A man enrolled in his company’s 401(k) plan and named his wife as the sole benefi­ciary of his account. Years later, his wife died and the worker updated his account to…

Planning for Pets

Rick Rodgers

My grand­mother had a lovable toy poodle she named Bopper. Bopper was her constant companion during the later years of her life. When my grand­mother passed away, there were no instruc­tions…