A Living Trust Primer

March 29, 2021By Phil Clark, CPWA®,CFP®

A living trust is a popular consideration in many estate strategy conversations, but its appropriateness will depend upon your individual needs and objectives. What is a Living Trust? A living trust is created while you are alive and funded with the assets you choose to transfer into it. The trustee (typically, you) has full power Read the full article…

Keep Your Life Insurance When You Retire

August 16, 2019By KrostWealth

Some good reasons to retain it. Do you need a life insurance policy in retirement? One school of thought says no. The kids are grown, and the need to financially insulate the household against the loss of a breadwinner has passed. If you are thinking about dropping your coverage for either or both of those Read the full article…

Explaining the Basis of Inherited Real Estate

July 11, 2019By KrostWealth

What is cost basis? Stepped-up basis? How does the home sale tax exclusion work? At some point in our lives, we may inherit a home or another form of real property. In such instances, we need to understand some of the jargon involving inherited real estate. What does “cost basis” mean? What is a “step-up?” Read the full article…

The Importance of TOD & JTWROS Designations

May 14, 2019By KrostWealth

A convenient move that could ward off probate on your accounts. TOD, JTWROS…what do these obscure acronyms signify? They are shorthand for transfer on death and joint tenancy with right of survivorship – two designations that permit automatic transfer of bank or investment accounts from a deceased spouse to a surviving spouse. This automatic transfer Read the full article…