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Monday, May 31, 2021

A Beginner's Guide to Living Trusts


Estate planning may include numerous documents to protect your assets and your loved ones. You may have a Last Will and Testament, but you may also have one or more trust agreements. Trusts are common estate planning documents.

There are many types of trusts you may choose from based on your needs. A Read more . . .


Friday, May 28, 2021

When Should I Start With My Estate Plan?


Ideally, you should start with your estate plan as soon as California law allows. In California, a person who is at least 18 years old or is an emancipated minor can write a valid will, trust, and other estate planning documents.

If you are no longer a child and you become severely sick or injured or pass away, your family would have to go to court to get the legal authority to take care of your financial matters, make medical decisions for you, or administer your estate if you do not have an estate plan that covers those situations. Also, these papers can be useful for people who are perfectly healthy. A Read more . . .


Thursday, May 27, 2021

Estate Planning Tips to Keep Your Money in the Family


The last thing that most people want is for their loved ones to get shortchanged because your estate had to pay avoidable expenses or taxes after you died. Every dollar that your estate has to pay in taxes or costs is a dollar that your family will never get.

There are many ways to set up your estate to minimize and sometimes entirely avoid these things that waste the money that you worked a lifetime to earn. A Read more . . .


Thursday, April 29, 2021

Planning for Medicare


What will happen to you when you need long-term care? Are you in a financial position to afford the expense?

Very few have enough assets to cover extended nursing home stays, particularly in California, where monthly care costs can easily exceed $10,000.

At that rate, even those with sizable estates should consider all available options, including government benefits, when planning for long-term care.

A proactive approach to programs like Medicare can help you get benefits that will pay for your care. It's a good idea to work with a qualified Read more . . .


Monday, April 26, 2021

When Should I Update My Estate Plan?


Have you made a will or trust only to file it away and promptly forget about it?

If so, you are not alone. While many of us are proactive in initial estate planning, we often fail to revisit our essential documents in the years following.

However,


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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

What Trust Is Right for My Family?


There are many options in estate planning. Deciding what path to take to secure a future for you and your family can feel overwhelming without help.

This is especially true when considering setting up a trust, and you may quickly find yourself wondering, “What trust is right for my family?”



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Friday, March 26, 2021

What Does ‘Domicile’ Mean in California?


The advantages of remote work and increased wealth have offered many Californians the opportunity to maintain multiple residences across different states.

While this may seem like an enviable luxury, it carries with it the complications of distinguishing between one’s residences and one’s domicile. Why is this important? And what does domicile mean in California?

Many individuals attempt to escape high California taxation by establishing permanent residency in a different, low-tax state. Unfortunately, as Read more . . .


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Understanding Domestic Asset Protection Trusts


Living in an especially litigious culture, Californians are increasingly concerned about asset vulnerability to legal judgments and creditors.

Many have been advised that placing assets in a trust protects their wealth. While in some contexts that is true, the general notion of forming a trust in California to shelter assets from creditors is a false pretense.

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Monday, March 22, 2021

Alzheimer’s Disease Is A Lot More than Just Forgetfulness


As we watch our loved ones age, it’s not uncommon to see them struggle with their memory. Given the frightening prospect of Alzheimer's, this may incite worry in many.

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Avoiding Confusion in a Crisis with Proper Estate Planning


The sudden death or incapacitation of a loved one can be overwhelming. It can also create a financial crisis for the family. Without a comprehensive estate plan, a spouse may be unable to access accounts and funds the family needs to pay bills and living expenses. There could be confusion about who has the authority to make crucial decisions. The crisis can be avoided by working with a Read more . . .


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Do I Need a Living Will or DNRO for My Estate Plan?


No one wants to contemplate suffering a life-altering accident or illness. However, anyone can face incapacitation or an end-of-life situation. Forethought and advance planning will ensure that your wishes are fulfilled and the burden of life-ending decisions are not unduly placed on your loved ones.

A comprehensive estate plan should include advanced directives that account for incapacity and end of life care. Read more . . .


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