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Bequests that made a difference

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) opined, “I should consider it a disgrace to die a rich man.” He proposed to deal with wealth inequality by exhorting the wealthy to redistribute their surplus m ..

Writing the checks

Amy Praskac - Friday, May 20, 2016
I send the same cover letter to each of my sisters and enclose a check. Thank you to each of you for completing and returning the Refunding Bond and Release.  ..

You gotta keep on ‘em

Amy Praskac - Thursday, May 19, 2016
I have some oddments of old jewelry and coins from the estate. The pieces of jewelry are not desirable pieces in themselves; I need to sell them for the gold. I don’t want to go t ..

7 strange stipulations

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, May 17, 2016
When Marie Curie, the only Nobel Laureate to win prizes in two fields—chemistry and physics, died in 1934, a gram of pure radium gifted to her by the women of America, was her only property of s ..

Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Having listed five famous people who died without a will, it seems only fair to list five famous people who did leave a will. As with the previous post, they are listed from oldest to youngest at  ..

Making a partial distribution

Amy Praskac - Friday, May 06, 2016
I had planned to wait until filing the estate tax return before making a distribution, but no longer see any reason to wait. I write a letter to my sisters to give an accounting of the sale of Mom ..

CPA requests a delay

Amy Praskac - Thursday, May 05, 2016
The CPA writes to say that she has not been able to carve out the time she needs to properly assemble the estate return. She explains further, “It is tedious in that each attachment has to b ..

5 famous people who died without a will

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Prince tops the news these days both for his sudden death at 57 years and for his failure to leave a will. He is not alone. A Harris Poll survey showed that 64 percent of Americans ..

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