Passing on
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Your estate is a legacy. These resources can help you make the estate planning process more efficient and effective, and one that respects your wishes.
Keep in mind:
Consider contingencies. For example, if a primary heir is unwilling or unable to receive the bequest, you could define how that person's share is to be distributed.
Understand potential tax liabilities. The federal estate tax applies to the largest estates, but state laws vary widely.
Address your philanthropic goals. You may be able to use specialized trusts to gain tax advantages and provide for heirs and favored charities.
 
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