Lifetime Income Series: Estate Planning for Forty Percenters and Zero Percenters

In a special reprise edition of the Lifetime Income Series from earlier this year, Jim and John focus on estate taxes. For most Americans, estate taxes are no longer an issue with the estate tax exemption at $5,450,000. But even though you may not be subject to estate taxes, your heirs could be facing high capital gains taxes, depending on the assets you own and the type of estate plan you have. In addition, the President recently proposed lowering the estate tax exemption, going back to taxing estates for additional capital gains, and eliminating several types of tax savings trusts. Jim discusses various estate planning strategies and illustrates the issue through the case study of David and Elaine. The guest this week is Robyn O’Brien, author of The Unhealthy Truth, which investigates the alarming relationship between the manipulation of our food and both the increase in allergies in our children, as well as the increase in cancers in our families. Robyn has been called “Food’s Erin Brockovich” by Bloomberg and The New York Times.