Here’s another reason to convert your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA:
When you convert to a Roth IRA, you can pay the conversion fee out of other assets. That is, you can pay the conversion fee from funds not in the traditional IRA. This will maximize the amount that you are converting to a Roth.
Because portfilios have been beaten down and values are currently likely to be far below their amounts in the past, you will have assets with depressed values in an account likely to increase significantly in value. All of this increase will be tax free when withdrawals are made from the Roth account.
For information about asset protection and other estate planning measures, contact a law office that concentrates in these areas.