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By Jeffrey Herman, Keith Herman on August 27, 2019 at 1:15 PM

Businessman holding hands above a piggybankRetirement accounts are a seemingly simple and effective way to protect assets from future creditors, but the subtle nuances of what is protected under Missouri law and what is protected in bankruptcy can be complex. In the July/August 2019 edition of the Journal of the Missouri Bar, attorneys Keith Herman and Jeffrey Herman analyze how you can use retirement accounts for asset protection and the potential loopholes to avoid.

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By Keith Grissom on July 8, 2019 at 3:10 PM

Dollar bill being stretchedOn May 23, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote of 417 to 3, passed legislation called Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019, or the SECURE Act. This legislation, if passed by the Senate and signed by the president, will cause significant changes for retirement planning, many of which are positive, but it also includes aspects that could have a big impact on estate planning.

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By Keith Grissom on November 5, 2018 at 2:50 PM

Stack of coins increasing from left to right with a man behind them holding a calculatorThe IRS announced cost-of-living increases for various retirement-related accounts on Nov.1, 2018. These changes for 2019 include:

  • The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $18,500 to $19,000.
  • The limit on annual contributions to an IRA is increased from $5,500 to $6,000. The additional “catch-up” contributions limit for individuals age 50 and over remains at $1,000.
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By Elizabeth Pack on December 27, 2016 at 9:15 AM

One hand giving a red heart to anotherRetirement accounts such as IRAs, 401(k) and 403(b) plans and other qualified plans or profit-sharing plan accounts may provide an opportunity for charitable giving by offering a variety of tax benefits, depending upon the structure.

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By Elizabeth Pack on July 26, 2016 at 2:52 PM

Many people do not realize the importance of correctly designating the beneficiaries of their retirement accounts (IRAs, 401(k) plans, etc.). Because retirement accounts are funded with pretax dollars, there can be significant tax consequences when required minimum distributions are taken, depending on the beneficiary named.

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