estate planning Posts by The KC Estate Planner, LLC

How to Choose a Trustee

When you establish a trust, you name someone to be the trustee.  For most revocable trusts, you will be the initial trustee.  A trustee does what you do right now with your financial affairs—collect income, pay bills and taxes, save and invest for the future, buy and sell property, provide for your loved ones, keep […]

Handling the Legal Affairs of an Estranged Noncitizen Spouse at Death

As the world becomes a global community, it is no longer uncommon for married couples to maintain different citizenships. While a difference in citizenship alone can present complications from a tax perspective, another set of challenges arises. When a noncitizen spouse separates from the US spouse, returns to live in the home country, and then […]

Five Mistakes Successor Trustees Make (and How to Prevent Them)

When establishing a trust, you must give serious thought to who you choose as your successor which is the person who will manage, invest, and hand out the trust’s accounts and property once you are no longer able to do so. This individual ideally should be someone you trust absolutely; someone who is organized, responsible, […]