The death of a spouse or family member is a vulnerable time. Going through the estate settlement process with unfamiliar professionals is scary and isolating. The foresight of establishing a relationship with a trustworthy fee-only advisor can provide a vital link of financial continuity.

When we accept a client, we see the relationship as a lifetime partnership and are committed to widows and widowers through even the worst of times. Even after the surviving spouse dies, we make ourselves available to the surviving family in aiding with the estate settlement if they desire our services.

We offer portfolio management for estate accounts waiting for distribution; aid in the paperwork required to open accounts and distribute assets; assist in making fair, even account divisions; and serve as an assistant in faithfully implementing the terms of the trust document or last will.

We also assist our clients in inheriting accounts from their departed loved ones. We help to calculate and implement inherited required minimum distributions as well as fulfill trust provisions such as net income distributions.

Q&A: How Do I Inherit a Relative’s 401(k) plan?

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“I’m 19 years old. How do I inherit a 401(k) from my aunt?”

Q&A: What are the Tax Rates for an Inherited IRA?

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The short answer is that most taxable distributions from inherited IRAs are taxed at the the child / beneficiary’s income tax rate. The longer answer is that there are multiple chances for inheritance to be taxed.

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