The FDIC has published a brochure explaining the amount of FDIC insurance for various situations including revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, and entities such as corporations and LLCs.

Revocable trusts can easily qualify for $1,250,000 of coverage, and may qualify for even higher coverage in very narrow circumstances. Irrevocable trusts generally are limited to $250,000 of coverage. Likewise,

As my clients age, I am more likely to encourage them to establish a revocable trust. There are several reasons for this preference.

First, if my clients become incapacitated, it is easier for the successor trustee to manage my client’s assets in their capacity as Trustee. Experience has shown that financial institutions are more suspicious

Several of my clients established Asset Protection Trusts ("APTs") in July of 2007. That is the  month when they first became legal in Tennessee. Unfortunately, one of my first clients to establish a Tennessee APT died recently. She never experienced creditor problems and never needed the asset protection benefits afforded by the trust.

When she

I recently met with a couple for whom I prepared Wills in 2006. They want to make a change to their Will because a member of their family died unexpectedly. When they went to their lockbox, they were unable to find their original Wills. Fortunately, they still have the ability to sign new Wills.

What

When someone dies, their estate becomes a separate taxpayer for income tax purposes. Estates are allowed to choose their tax year. We generally recommend that estates elect the longest fiscal year available, which is the end of the month preceding the one-year anniversary of the decedent’s death. For example, the latest fiscal year that can be elected for

Our firm is assisting Executors and Trustees with the administration of several estates and revocable trusts of decedents who have died during 2010. Administering these estates has presented numerous challenges.

The first problem is that we do not know whether federal estate taxes will be reinstated retroactively. We are advising the Executors that there are