Estate Planning for Financially Savvy Parents and Grandparents
Article by Marc H. List, J. D., CPA of Goldstein Lewin & Co. appears on www. matureresources. org, a Website for Boomers and their parents. This article describes how estate planning methods can be used to finance a child or grandchild's college education.
(PRWEB) September 9, 2004
College costs are escalating rapidly. The parent or grandparent of a 3-year-old can expect that childÂs 4-year college education at a state school such as Florida State University to cost nearly $100,000 assuming only a 5% tuition inflation rate. Costs at an Ivy League university such as Yale are predicted to be nearly $350,000.
ÂParents and grandparents have a variety of options in addition to the well publicized 529 plans that can fund a childÂs education,Â states Marc H. List, J. D., CPA, a shareholder at Goldstein Lewin & Co., Certified Public Accountants and Consultants.
ÂDepending upon the option selected, the funds placed in a particular account may provide tax-free accumulation. In the case of certain properly structured insurance contracts, money may be borrowed for a variety of uses and the eventual death benefit collected with no tax effects. One or more of these options can be used as an integral component of estate planning.Â
An explanation of these and other estate planning techniques appear in Mr. ListÂs article, ÂInventing Tomorrow Â Estate Planning for the Financially Savvy Parent and GrandparentÂ that appears on the website www. matureresources. org.
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