SHOULD YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS?

Article    |    Institute for Justice Imagine a law giving bureaucrats unbridled discretion over your property rights. It would provide no standards. City officials could stop you from using your property—such as putting up a fence or planting a tree—for arbitrary reasons, or, indeed, for no reason at all. And you’d have no one to appealContinue reading “SHOULD YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS?”

What is the Difference Between a Trust and a Foundation?

by Jiah Kim | Estate Planning  If your estate planning goals include establishing a lasting legacy through charitable donations, aside from making outright gifts (which will make sense for certain people under certain circumstances), your two primary options are: (i) to establish a trust, or (ii) to establish a foundation. But, how do you choose? And, once youContinue reading “What is the Difference Between a Trust and a Foundation?”

Wills, Slavery and Probate: The Legacy of Lucy Sutton

Estate planning can significantly impact future generations. In honor of Black History Month ACTEC Fellow Terrence M. Franklin shares his journey of discovery: how his fourth great grandmother Lucy Sutton and her eight children and six grandchildren were freed from slavery through a Last Will and Testament. There is no greater time than now to effectively communicateContinue reading “Wills, Slavery and Probate: The Legacy of Lucy Sutton”

Why it might be a ‘mistake’ to file your 2020 taxes now

Ethan Wolff-Mann·Senior WriterTue, February 9, 2021, 11:56 AM·4 min read Tax season officially starts Feb. 12 and you have until April 15 to file and pay taxes owed. But there’s a wrinkle this year and it has to do with coming stimulus payments. Lawmakers are still negotiating the details of a third stimulus plan, including how muchContinue reading “Why it might be a ‘mistake’ to file your 2020 taxes now”

Mortgage demand drops as interest rates hit a three-month high

PUBLISHED WED, FEB 10 2021 Diana Olick An ‘Open House’ sign is displayed in the front yard of a home for sale in Columbus, Ohio. Ty Wright | Bloomberg | Getty Images Mortgage interest rates have increased in four of the first six weeks of 2021, putting a chill on mortgage demand. Overall mortgage applicationContinue reading “Mortgage demand drops as interest rates hit a three-month high”

Terminix Settlement Update – Process in Place February 9, 2021

On February 8, the Alabama Attorney General’s office released additional information on refunds from Terminix. As reported several months ago, Terminix reached a $60 million dollar settlement with the state of Alabama, stemming from its drastic increases in pricing. Under the settlement, former and existing customers of Terminix may be entitled to money. The processContinue reading “Terminix Settlement Update – Process in Place February 9, 2021”

How to know the difference between legitimate debt collections and scams

Updated Sun, Jan 31 2021Megan DeMatteo It’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between a real business and a scam. Chances are, you’ve been on the receiving end of a suspicious phone call before, where someone posed as a legitimate representative in order to try to get your information. Sometimes, scammers give themselves awayContinue reading “How to know the difference between legitimate debt collections and scams”

Here’s how wealthy families will save on estate taxes in the Biden presidency

PUBLISHED TUE, JAN 19 20218:30 AM Andrew Osterland Wealthy Americans worried about the prospect of higher estate and gift taxes might have more time to come up with a strategy. With Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock both winning their Senate runoff elections in Georgia, the Democrats now have control — albeit precarious — of theContinue reading “Here’s how wealthy families will save on estate taxes in the Biden presidency”