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Inherited IRAs are not protected from creditors

If you’re planning to leave an IRA¬†or other retirement account to your heirs, you might want to consider creating a trust to hold the account. That’s the upshot of a recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.

That’s because IRAs that are inherited from anyone other than a spouse are no longer protected from creditors in a bankruptcy. Heidi Heffron-Clark and her husband Brandon filed for bankruptcy after their pizza shop failed in 2009. They owed their landlord $74,000, but didn’t have enough cash on had to pay the debt. Continue reading Inherited IRAs are not protected from creditors