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Designating Beneficiaries for Retirement Plans

A conundrum arises when a trust is named.

Almost every estate-planning client who walks through my door owns at least one qualified retirement plan asset, be it a typical 401(k) plan with her current employer or a traditional individual retirement account. A large percentage of this group has a majority of their net worth “tied up” in such accounts. As an estate-planning attorney, it’s my job to educate these clients on the most tax-efficient way to transfer such wealth to their beneficiaries, while taking into


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