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By : Allison Comstock

Trusts for Disabled Family Members

If you have a loved one who is physically or mentally disabled, then you know firsthand how difficult it can be to plan for the future. You may have asked yourself who will care for your loved one when you are gone. Or perhaps you have wondered how you or other family members can leave assets to you...

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WARNING: Title Insurance Underwriter Bankrupt

Property owners and lenders need to be aware that a title insurance company that issued title policies on Indiana real estate and mortgages has been found to be insolvent.  On August 20, 2015, the Marion Circuit Court issued its Liquidation Order for National Attorneys’ Title Assurance Fund, Inc. (“...

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Cutting the Red Tape or Buyer Beware? Indiana’s Repeal of the Responsible Property Transfer Law

As part of its efforts to implement regulatory reform, the Indiana Legislature has repealed the Indiana Responsible Property Transfer Law (“IRPTL”) effective July 1, 2014.  The repeal of IRPTL eliminates the statutory requirement that sellers of real property disclose potential environmental defects...

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Is Estate Planning Among your New Year’s Resolutions?

Now that we have started a new year, many have set their new year’s resolutions.  Often these focus on short-term health, relationship, emotional, and spiritual goals.  However, 2014 is a great time to address a long-term financial goal: planning your estate affairs.  Sure, it's easy to put it off f...

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Deferring Capital Gains Tax on the Sale of Investment Real Estate

In 2013, capital gains tax rates are scheduled to increase to 20%, up from the current rate of 15%.  In addition, the so-called “Medicare surtax” of 3.8% will be assessed against net investment income, which will include taxable gains on the sale of “passive” investment real estate.  Due to this ant...

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