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SECURE Act may affect retirement fund estate planning

For many people in Virginia, their retirement funds are an important part of their estate plans. After the original owner of a retirement account passes away, the remainder of the fund generally passes directly to a named beneficiary without going through the probate process. Rather than taking everything in the account at one time, named beneficiaries have, in the past, been able to stretch out the payments from the retirement funds over their own lifetimes. They have been required to take only the minimum necessary distributions, allowing the account to continue to grow while deferring taxation until their own retirement.

The difficulty of discharging student loans in bankruptcy

People in Virginia who have student loan debt are not alone. The total student loan debt in the United States is $1.59 trillion. Unfortunately, many people are struggling to pay off these loans, and they usually cannot discharge them in bankruptcy. However, there are other options.

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