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Setting up an irrevocable life insurance trusts or islet as it is sometimes called is a fairly popular strategy for avoiding estate and gift taxes generally speaking all life insurance payouts benefit from being free of income tax but without an islet that same life insurance will increase the total value of a person's estate for state tax purposes what that means is that without an islet part of the insurance that is paid out to your beneficiaries might be subject to estate taxes in fact it's entirely possible that around half of that insurance will be eaten up by estate tax eyelids have the ability to prevent these taxes from being levied in the first place and that is precisely why people set them up let's take a closer look so while life insurance makes sense in many circumstances clients often ask why they would want to house that insurance in an irrevocable trust this is best understood with an example for simplicity sake let's assume that the estate tax exemption in effect at the date of a person's death is $1,000,000 and that person dies with exactly $1,000,000 in his or her estate plus they have an insurance policy that will pay out an additional $500,000 because his or her total estate equals 1.5 million dollars in this example an estate tax will be owed on the additional $500,000 above and beyond this person's exemption amount since estate taxes can be brutal one can expect to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax in this situation now if an islet were properly set up and life insurance was purchased and housed in it there would be no estate taxes owed because at the date of that same person's death only $1,000,000 would be in his or her estate for estate tax purposes the other $500,000 from the insurance is in the eyelet the net result is that the beneficiaries of this estate would wind up with the entire 1.5 million dollars free from estate taxes definitely a better way to go there are other matters to be careful with when setting up an eyelet though for example if you transfer existing policies to your eyelet as opposed to new policies being purchased in the eyelet you must live at least three more years or else the proceeds will be pulled back into your estate this is where things can become a bit sticky and you should definitely discuss this further with an experienced estate planning attorney please see the next video to learn more about how an eyelet works from a procedural perspective.

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President Trump claims to be very good or the best at many things but what is he really good at?
Contrary to what he says and believes about himself, Donald Trump is astoundingly void of talent. He failed in business - at least 6 of his businesses went bankrupt, every product he peddled failed, before running for president he was heavily in debt. However since he is such a credit risk no major US bank will touch him. That is how and why he is so deeply in debt to Russia and to China. He took out enormous loans, in the billions of dollars, and it’s no secret that in Russia such huge loans are handled by the Russian mafia. This explains his being the puppet he is to Putin.He failed at marriage - definitely the first two and it’s pretty obvious the 3rd one isn’t that great either. Before trying to present this image of the conservative, Republican, Christian family man, he actually bragged about cheating on wives, bragged about sexually terrorizing women, he was proud of being a pig. Of course now that doesn’t work so well for him and so you see his new-found hate of the media.He has also bragged about being an absent, subpar parent. He had nothing to do with raising his kids. He has joked about never seeing his kids until they became older.Friendships? He has none. His “friends” are people he’s bought, blackmailed, or intimidated. You never hear anyone saying they love Trump, or even care for him. He uses his “friends” until he has no further use for them and then he publicly embarrasses them, insults them, spreads lies about them, and without exception everyone who associates with Trump finds their lives ruined, their reputations ruined, relationships ruined, careers ruined. Without exception.He could’ve at least tried to succeed at this being president gig. But Trump being Trump, he chose the less honorable path. He chose to use the office just as he has used everything his entire life, just trying to get more and more and more for himself. He’s greedy to the most extremes. He is deeply stupid and not at all embarrassed by it. He could have possibly made an attempt to do something good, something positive, but then he wouldn't be Trump.He is, however, very good at chaos, at division, at pitting people against each other. He is talented at always, always leaving a situation and/or person far worse off than they were when he found them.Unfortunately that now applies to our country. He has already caused damage that will take years and years to repair - if ever. And the longer he has control of this country the more damage he will do. He is attacking our rights and freedoms, he has endangered all of us with his love affair with Putin and his pandering to Saudi Arabia and Russia and North Korea. He is killing our economy (wow, what a shock that a man who drove his own companies into bankruptcy would be bad at handling the economy of an entire COUNTRY, huh?), our deficit is the highest in modern history. He has alienated our allies while kissing the asses of our enemies. He has ruined America’s reputation throughout the world. He has made us both a joke and threat simultaneously.He’s pitted religion against religion, political party against political party, race against race, gender against gender, state against state, town against town, neighbor against neighbor. THAT’S Donald Trump’s “talent.”This country deserves so much better than this clown in this circus. And our children, our grandchildren, all deserve much, much better than the broken country we will be handing them.
How can the Department of Veterans Affairs be changed to be more helpful to military veterans?
Wish for a quick death.Whoever can really answer this will be an American hero.I am for the most part dependent upon the VA for my healthcare. I do have Tricare, but the deductibles for some of my service-connected aliments are steep - and should be picked up by the VA.Veterans‡ Choice was supposed to give veterans the opportunity to seek out local medical care when the vet couldn’t get to see a doctor in a timely fashion.It was so horrible it changed its name to Care in the Community and the wait time is now 30 to 50% longer - and in my area, no one wants to work with the VA, they are slow to pay and their bureaucracy and instructions are unfathomable. A letter to me and my doctor did not contain things like how to get prescription medications, referral for PT, referral for a consult, labs, and more. Most of this will take months to suss out.The nearest VA hospital for me is over 200 miles and the Great Divide. Winter weather is challenging. It is May now and I have been waiting since November to get an authorization to see a physical therapist.The current buzz is that Congress wants to keep the hospitals funded and therefore is somewhat reluctant to fund private medical referrals. But at the same time, Congress isn’t doing enough to fund the VA system to ensure that healthcare is even marginally adequate for America’s veterans.It would likely be cheaper to pay for a Midas Healthcare Plan for every eligible veteran - 100% coverage, no deductibles, zero copays, everything covered, no cost to the veteran, etc. It would likely be cheaper than what the VA is costing now.
Do veterans of the US military receive free health insurance for life through the Dept of Veterans Affairs?
No? Veterans can choose to go to the VA to get treated, if they want rats biting them, being used as experiments, having to wait until you die before you get seen by a doctor. The doctor is probably not a real doctor yet or has been sued for malpractice and so they work for the VA. Talk to some veterans, they will tell you. Go on the internet and look at what was happening at Walter Reid, one of the so called best military hospitals. We fought for this country, this is owed to us. This is just like a regular person getting a severence package with a medical plan. Also only retired veterans or veterans with service connected disabilities can go. Most veterans who don't want to end up a statistic go for Tricare, which we pay for every month just like you do.
What can the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs do to improve how they achieve their mission?
That question is a tough one to answer. The reason is that the laws that Congress has passed are at the root of much of the problems that the veterans have with the VA. The VA must operate in compliance with the law. The VA can not effect change in many ways absent changes in the law.As an example: Current law as to the eligibility for clinical care is complex. This has required the VA to spend huge sums to determine eligibility for clinical care and to see that unauthorized care is not provided. The public has no idea as to what the government spends each year on people who do nothing more than simply determine the level for eligibility for clinical care.I will illustrate this with a simplified version, as actually the system is more complex that I am presenting it.There are eight (8) general levels of clinical care. Each veteran must be evaluated and placed in one of those eight levels of care.At each level of clinical care, a veteran becomes eligible for certain specific clinical services which must be provided that veteran and in addition, other clinical services which may be provided that veteran, but are not required to be provided. Other clinical services are not generally provided. As examples, the following are all clinical services which may or may not be provided: eyeglasses, hearing aids, and nursing home care.It should be noted that a 100% veteran will generally be provided all needed clinical care. But, veterans who are less than 100% will generally be provided less than 100% of their needed clinical care.It should also be noted that dental care is in a category by itself. Beyond the first year of release from military service, it is very hard for a veteran who is not 100% to obtain dental care.The application process for a veteran to be rated is exceedingly complex. It often takes years for a veteran to be rated. Appeals to ratings that are believed to be in error may add additional years tot he process. As a personal example, which is probably outside the normal process, one of my appeals, which was only related to care that should be provided, and not for an increase in pay, took eight (8) years to result in a favorable decision for me. It should be noted that the eight years was for the appeal and does not include the time for the first two favorable rulings.Yes, there are internal things that the VA could do which I have not addressed. I have focused on stating that Congress needs to change laws because I believe that is the root of the problem. Once that is fixed, then attention can be given to addressing internal issues that may still exist.
When did the US Department of Veterans Affairs go from insuring only service-related injuries among veterans to insuring all veterans for everything?
Im a Nam vet 1969 - 1970 with 2 purple hearts, currently in good health and have used the VA Healthcare system for about 10 years now. Prior to that I was like everyone else (scared to use the VA, heard a lot of bad stuff). Well, what a mistake that was. For the last 10 years I have been getting the BEST medical care I have ever witnessed. When I arrive for an appointment I swipe my card get acknowledgement from KIOSK for my appointment then have a seat and within 5-10 minutes my name is called. Of course this is for vitals only and not the appointment. So you give your vitals and then go back to your chair, open the magazine and you don't even get through the 2nd page and boom my name is called again. I typically arrive for an appointment and have very short wait times for action to start on the appointment AND I am usually done with the appointment and back home is such a short period of time that my wife claims that is impossible. Now, I do believe that my delight with the medical care from the VA  has everything to do with my purple heart classification. But I do want to speak out in favor of the VA medical System as far as how they handle their Purple Heart recipients. They treat me for everything, charge me absolutely nothing and thank me for my service on the way out the door. I couldn't be happier.
How many employees in the US Department of Veterans Affairs are veterans?
I worked there for 6 years and think the numbers where in the high 20%'s  to low 30%'s. In my opinion they made the best employees even with any disabilities they may have had. Always showed up to work (call-in in a medical setting are ridiculous), got the whole federal bureaucratic thing and took it with a grain of salt and interacted with vets the best in both situations of helping and hindering them when needed.  I say hinder because there are some knuckleheads that try to take advantage of the  system and need some military-like reminders to not be an idiot.
Why is the US department of Veteran Affairs, permitted to Ever turn away a Vet?
As a veteran, let me let you in on a little secret. Not every vet is honest. Not everyone claiming to be a vet is a veteran. Not every ailment claimed to be war related or service related is so. A veteran I know who is on 50% disability for carpal tunnel. Was it the couple hours a week of work as a computer programmer that won him his disability check, or the 80+ hours a week playing video games? I have my suspicions. That's the reasonable reason the VA has for turning away a vet.A less reasonable reason, but maybe justified is there are X amount of resources, and X+Y amount of needs. Someone has to make a value decision.Now personally? I would much rather the available resources go to combat wounded and disabled veterans first. I really don't think a Cold War era non combat injury back injury from sliding into first for the base baseball team is more deserving that an amputee from a firefight....
What can the US Department of Veterans Affairs do better to help veterans with mental health issues?
They can start by hiring sufficient clinical staff.…Yeah. That’s really my whole Christmas List.I feel greedy asking for more. It’s almost absurd to do so. I have been at 5 VA Hospitals and none of them had even half the mental health staff they needed at any given time.I’d take accepting Medical Marijuana too. Not treating my pain control as an addiction due to federal law. I’m not asking for free weed. Just don’t punish me for getting non-intoxicating CBD with my own money.Recognizing that PTSD exists outside combat and sexual abuse would be nice, but I don’t want to cut the line ahead of those two categories. I agree that they should be treated first. I just think the rest of us should also be treated.I also have a radical idea. Veterans should have the option of a Companion. A non-medical person who understands the VA culture and resources. There would be a pool of Companions who could escort veterans as they navigate the system. It is confusing and people, particularly people with mental health issues, fall through the cracks.I think Companions could be paid minimum wage or a stipend and really not overseen. It could be a fairly informal position that disabled vets or retirees could do when their own disabilities didn’t interfere.