Author - jim@blankenshipfinancial.com (Jim Blankenship)

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Medicare is Not Automatic
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Saving for College
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How To Turn $5,000 A Year Into a $33 Million Legacy
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How Property Transfers At Death
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Let It All Go – IRS gives you 11 years…

Medicare is Not Automatic

If you’re nearing age 65, there’s something you need to know: unless you’re currently receiving Social Security benefits (having filed early), you need to take action to make sure you receive your Medicare benefits in a timely fashion.

Timing

What this means is that you can sign up for Medicare up to three months prior to your 65th birthday. You must sign up within the period from three months before until four months after your 65th birthday, or you’ll face possible penalties. By signing up during that seven month period, your coverage will be on-time and you’ll begin being billed …

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Saving for College

If you’re a parent or plan to be one, chances are you are considering ways to pay for your child’s college education. You may have a goal of sending them to public or private school, with the hope of helping them graduate college with little, if any debt.

Whether or not your goal is to fully fund your child’s education or to help as best you can, there are some options to consider saving as much as you can to reach or education savings goal.

One option to consider is a 529 college savings plan. 529 plans allow money to …

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How To Turn $5,000 A Year Into a $33 Million Legacy

With a headline like that I bet you’re thinking this is one of those wild & crazy get rich schemes. However, it’s really just a hypothetical illustration of the great benefits of three factors that can work in your favor in building a legacy:

What follows is an example of how you can make those three factors work together to create this $33 million legacy.

How It All Started…

Once upon a time, there was this guy named Joe.  Joe is 20 years old, working part-time making decent …

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How Property Transfers At Death

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Photo courtesy of Bec Brown via Unsplash.com.

When you die, the way in which your property is handled will
depend on the type of documents (or lack thereof) you’ve set up before your
death. The following is a summary of the ways your property transfers to heirs when you pass away.

Life Insurance. At death, life insurance proceeds are passed to your beneficiaries (and in most cases, tax free). For example, if you have a life insurance policy with a face amount of $500,000, when you die, your
beneficiaries receive the $500,000 face amount tax free.

When you purchase …

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Let It All Go – IRS gives you 11 years…

When you were a kid, did you ever dream of being able to just let it all go – not having to follow any rules, no penalties, no restrictions? What if I told you that the IRS provides you with just such an environment – where you are free to literally do (or not do) almost anything you want with your IRA? Including buying yourself that octopus costume you always wanted?

So just where is this nirvana? Where you can just go willy-nilly and do whatever suits you with your IRA? It’s not a where, but rather, when.

Between …

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