Many of us have retirement accounts, such as IRAs, 401ks and 403bs. The retirement accounts might very well be the largest assets we have, and they can grow income tax free. It is because of the tremendous potential for growth in these assets that we should spend particular time and attention to plan for what happens to them when we die.
Most of us desire to leave a legacy. The United States Supreme Court just took a bite out of our ability to protect the legacy we are all striving to leave behind. In a unanimous decision the Court ruled in Clark v Rameker that when an IRA owner dies and leaves the retirement account behind to a loved one it might no longer be protected. Anyone who has an IRA not only has to worry about the tax implications of their IRA when they pass, but also must take steps to ensure that the asset that could be a significant portion of the estate, will be protected from potential creditors of their beneficiaries.
With potentially very significant negative tax implications, combined with the loss of asset protection, and the ever looming threats from Washington, it is now more important than ever to update your estate plan to ensure that your retirement accounts are protected. At this stage, procrastination is a very dangerous option.
Contributed by MH Carefree, Phoenix and Flagstaff Estate Planning Attorney, B. West Hunsaker.
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