It’s time for another quiz and a funny story.

Sometimes our understanding is “incomplete.”

Over the years we have observed that most people operate under one or more misconceptions regarding certain financial matters. In an effort to clarify a few of those misconceptions we offer the following brief quiz. Four questions are presented. Please click the hyperlink to indicate your response and view additional information.

Question #1. Do you think a person should have a will in order to avoid probate?  Yes.  No.

Question #2. Are life insurance proceeds subject to estate taxation?  Yes.  No.

Question #3. Does owning at least 10 stocks guarantee a safe portfolio?  Yes.  No.

Question #4. Tax laws are designed to satisfy which of the following?

A. Revenue objectives.

B. Social objectives.

C. Economic objectives.

D. All of the above.


And now for a funny story:

A lawyer had just completed an estate plan for a little old lady. The lady asked him, “How much do I owe you?” “That’ll be one hundred dollars, ma’am.” So the little old lady reached into her purse and pulled out a crisp, clean one hundred dollar bill. She handed it to the lawyer, who noticed that attached to the crisp, clean one hundred dollar bill was a second crisp, clean one hundred dollar bill. This meant that the lawyer was faced with a moral dilemma, which was…should he tell his partner about the second hundred!


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