Entries by Tom DelPup

The Law of Unintended Consequences – and Failure to Plan.

According to a recent story in the Boston Globe, Marcelle Harrison’s family has lived in a three-story home in Cambridge, Massachusetts for almost 40 years, during which time four generations of her family have lived. She and her family (two generations worth) may have to vacate the home because her stepfather died intestate (without a […]

A Savior Is Born!

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for, behold, I […]

Year-End IRA Housekeeping

The end of the year is fast approaching, and with it several important deadlines for IRA account owners and beneficiaries. In my experience helping clients address year-end IRA matters, the following are the most problematic areas: Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) Deadline: December 31 is the deadline for taking RMDs from an IRA for an account […]

Saving for College Off the FAFSA Radar

Many of my clients have a desire to incorporate a college savings component into their financial plans to help with their grandchildren’s college education expenses. In many cases, a 529 college savings account has already been set up for the grandchild by the parents, and the client would like to contribute to that account. Simple […]

New Tax Law Boosts Michigan ABLE Accounts for the Disabled.

A MiABLE account allows a disabled Michigan resident to save money in an account in their own name and not jeopardize eligibility for needs-based government benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Money can be withdrawn from the account to pay for “qualified disability expenses” and such expenditures will not be counted as […]