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Does this sound like a great idea regarding being a landlord and starting a real estate empire?

The idea you present is not uncommon, many have tried it before. It would be a great step to find landlords in your area and talk to them about lessons learned. It might cost you a lunch or cup of ...
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Avoiding estate tax by giving multiple gifts

If you give a gift with stings attached, then it isn't a gift. Thus it would be viewed as trying to get around the tax law. The law regarding this is the Step Transaction Doctrine. But a spouse can ...
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$1.44 million in holdings: Help my non-retired, 80-year-old dad invest it

This is not the answer you were hoping for. I recommend that you stay out of it and let your parents do what they want with their money. They are obviously very good savers and very thrifty with ...
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Does this sound like a great idea regarding being a landlord and starting a real estate empire?

A lot of people do this. For example, in my area nice townhouses go for about $400K, so if you have $80,000 you can buy one and rent it. Here are the typical numbers: Monthly Payment 30-year loan at ...
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How to set up passive income from investments for children?

This is done with a legal entity called a trust. A trust is where a person (trustor) arranges to give assets to another person (trustee) for them to hold and manage for the benefit of a third person (...
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Disclaiming part of an Inheritance

If I'm the executor and one of the two kids that got an inheritance, can I disclaim 1/3 of my inheritance it and give it to the other child that didn't get anything? As executor you are required to ...
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What are the specific financial implications of not being a US citizen after a spouse dies?

I am not an expert, so be sure to consult with a qualified attorney, but I looked into this issue recently because I too am married to a non-citizen permanent resident. My understanding is that for ...
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Does this sound like a great idea regarding being a landlord and starting a real estate empire?

This is a reasonable idea and many people have done it. But there are some risks that you need to mitigate. Overleverage. If mandatory payments are more than you can handle, you could lose your ...
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Value of mother-in-law cottage for purposes of will

You should value the unit at: The fair market value of the whole property in 1983 (or whenever 25 years ago was) minus what the eldest sibling paid for the whole property minus the expected value in ...
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Disclaiming part of an Inheritance

You can gift your share to whoever you want, and will be liable for gift tax on the gift. Otherwise, you should probably talk to an estate attorney about invalidating the superseding will.
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Do we need a revocable living trust?

Unfortunately, this is an attorney question and not an internet question. A living trust is not only a document, using it also requires that you retitle all the assets in the trust from your father ...
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If i'm a cosigner on my dad's bank accounts but my sister isn't, how do I ensure my sister can get 50% of the money without owing taxes?

DISCLAIMER: this is speculation without knowing the specifics of what the will actually says (regardless of your interpretation) the fact that I have access to the account means that that trumps the ...
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What are risks / expenses to buy a house in Germany?

As a first step I would talk to a German real estate agent (Immobilienmakler), who will be able to give you an idea of the costs, fees, insurance needed to purchase a property, and who would be able ...
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No provision for beneficiary at HSBC

If no beneficiaries are named on your account,that means that the account becomes part of your estate and passes per the terms of your will. Unfortunately, that means that your will will need to ...
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Does this sound like a great idea regarding being a landlord and starting a real estate empire?

This is a common and good game-plan to learn valuable life skills and build a supplemental income. Eventually, it could become a primary income, and your strategic risk is overall relatively low. If ...
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What happens to all my assets outside US if I die?

First question: Do I need to register this house in my tax return here in US? There is no "registration" of foreign property (whether real estate or stocks or anything else) on a US tax ...
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Can I buy my personal residence with a 1031

No, you cannot. You cannot "sell my primary residence to myself", even using different (disregarded) entities, since it's not a transaction tax-wise. You're basically re-titling your own ...
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Should my trust be the beneficiary of my annuities?

Generally you'd want to discuss this with an estate attorney, while also consulting with a tax specialist (EA/CPA licensed in your state) since attorneys often times don't know taxes all that well ...
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Suggestions on how to distribute jewelery and other valuable personal property to the beneficiaries of my will?

The hassle free way to deal with this is to either: Designate pieces of jewelry for each cousin as you see fit, attempting to make each 'gift bag' similarly valued Sell it all and give them the cash ...
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Special bequests in a will

Instead of adding such a layer of complexity, it seems a good time to update the will. The gifts should be made and any reference to them removed from the will. Why risk having add-on documents that ...
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Money-market or cash-type ETFs for foreigners with U.S brokerage account

Securities and ETFs are also subjected to Estate Tax. Some ways: Draft a "Transfer on Death" instruction to the broker, that triggers a transfer to an account in the beneficiary's name, in most ...
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How to keep a will up-to-date?

In general you use terms that the attorney preparing your will knows how to craft. Some of your accounts allow you to specify beneficiaries. These designations generally overrule the instructions in ...
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If i'm a cosigner on my dad's bank accounts but my sister isn't, how do I ensure my sister can get 50% of the money without owing taxes?

You should really talk to a lawyer. I'm not a lawyer. Also, laws may change between different states within the United States. I'm a cosigner on my father's bank accounts. More specifically, the bank ...
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How to set up passive income from investments for children?

In Russia, Mr. Leopold would draft a will and specify that he wants to leave some or all of his assets to an inheritance fund (наследственный фонд): ГК РФ Статья 123.20-8. Создание наследственного ...
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What are the specific financial implications of not being a US citizen after a spouse dies?

From tax/financial perspective there are no implications, green card holders are US tax residents and are treated the same as citizens (for what's relevant to the question). For other implications you ...
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Mechanism for long-term control of estate distribution?

It seems like a potential solution would be to provide the distribution as annual stipends divided among the still-living beneficiaries. Each year, the beneficiaries who are still alive would receive ...
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Does this sound like a great idea regarding being a landlord and starting a real estate empire?

This is a well worn path and not a bad idea. There are quite a few pitfalls but there are a lot of resources to learn for other people's mistakes. Having a plan and doing your research should help ...
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Value of mother-in-law cottage for purposes of will

The cottage belongs to the owner of the main home. It was not left when they passed. The other assets are part of the estate and should be split via the will. If as you suggest, for some reason they ...
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Does Australia impose estate tax on foreigners investing in the Australian stock market?

Australia does not have estate taxes or death duties.
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Does the primary residence capital gains exclusion apply to irrevocable trusts?

If you are the living grantor of trust, then you will be considered the taxable owner of the house, and you will qualify for the 250/500 exemption as long as it is your primary residence. This is ...
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