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Estate Planning

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Estate Planning Complications That Arise When Families Merge


Estate planning can be challenging for some families who have unique situations that require special estate planning tools or comprehensive estate planning to address certain issues. A blended or merged family can sometimes create estate planning difficulties. Parents with minor children from previous marriages and couples who marry later in life with adult children from prior relationships may struggle with estate planning decisions that protect and provide for all family members. A
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Friday, August 16, 2019

What Same-Sex Couples Should Know About Estate Planning


People often find that estate planning is complicated and confusing. It is not difficult to understand why estate planning for same-sex couples can seem even more complex regardless of whether or not you are married. Luckily, estate planning for same-sex couples doesn’t have to be overwhelming or difficult to understand. With the law constantly changing, it’s to consult with a California estate planning attorney with experience in estate planning for the LGBTQ community. 

Same-Sex Couples See Same Rights

Before 2015 when the United States Supreme Court upheld the rights of same-sex couples to marry in every state, estate planning for same-sex couples was deemed difficult to understand.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

5 Reasons You May Not Need Life Insurance


Life insurance offers financial protection for your heirs in the event of your death. However, purchasing life insurance may not make sense for everyone. Before you begin researching the pros and cons of the various types of life insurance policies available and the cost of life insurance, you may want to review whether or not you need life insurance coverage with your Read more . . .


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Estate Planning Myths Debunked


Is estate planning only important for those with assets?

Estate planning is a field has a lot misconceptions.  Many people have heard rumors and falsities regarding estate planning, which may dissuade them from creating an estate plan.  Perhaps the largest myth about estate planning is that an estate plan is only about death.
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Monday, May 20, 2019

What to do When You Hate Your Daughter-In-Law - Estate-Planning Practical Guide


It is presumed that families may disagree, but that families will always love each other. However, does that presumption extend to in-laws? It may be common for some parents to dislike their son’s wife, but most parents learn to tolerate their in-laws. In some extreme cases, a parent may actually hate the daughter-in-law. In those cases, parents may choose to disinherit their in-law, and possibly their child. Before doing so, it may be wise to consult a Read more . . .


Thursday, April 18, 2019

What is the Probate Process Like?


When a family member passes away, there are many legal steps that the surviving members must take to settle the person’s final affairs. In most cases, a family member is appointed in the person’s will to serve as administrator of the probate estate. The family member will be the one to administer the estate.  If there was no will, a family member might need to petition the court to be appointed to administer the estate.

Not knowing what to do or what may happen during the probate process can be overwhelming.
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Monday, March 11, 2019

Estate Planning Documents You Must Have


What estate planning documents are essential to protect my heirs?


The topic of estate planning often elicits much confusion and uncertainty.  Some of us have likely come to believe that only the elderly or the ultra-wealthy need an estate plan.  Others recognize the importance of an estate plan, but may find themselves nonetheless putting off the task of creating one year after year.  Failing to create an estate plan can leave your heirs in a vulnerable position.  With no estate plan in place, the courts would be forced to divide your assets per state law, which may leave some loved ones out and will cost your heirs in taxes and fees.
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Thursday, March 7, 2019

What is a HIPAA Authorization?


No one likes thinking about becoming incapacitated. The sad fact is, many people do find themselves unable to make their own medical decisions. Without proper incapacity planning, including an up-to-date HIPAA authorization, it can be impossible for your loved ones to get access to your medical records and get you the treatments that you need. As


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Friday, February 15, 2019

Pay Attention to Your State Estate Tax Exemption


One of the advantages afforded to taxpayers in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is the increase in the federal estate tax exemption. The TCJA increased the federal estate tax exemption. It also indexed it for future inflation. In 2019, the federal estate tax exemption for individuals is $11.4 million ($22.


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Friday, February 8, 2019

Understanding AB Trusts


Are AB trusts still a solid estate planning tool for married couples?

An AB trust is a joint trust created by a married couple with the goal of minimizing estate taxes.  AB trusts are unique in that the trust will divide into two when the first spouse passes away.  Assets from both spouses will be placed into the trust and the trust will name a beneficiary, or multiple beneficiaries, who can be anyone besides the other spouse.  Trust A is known as the survivor’s trust or Marital Trust, while Trust B is the decedent’s trust or Bypass Trust.  AB trusts have become less common in recent years due to some changing estate tax laws, but under some circumstances, they still hold an important purpose in


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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Estate Planning Resolutions for the New Year


Why is it important to update my estate plan every few years?


The New Year offers a fresh start for all of us. It represents a clean slate, and for many the start of the new year is the time to create goals.  By outlining a few resolutions for 2019, you can work to ensure this new year becomes everything you want it to be.  People of all ages should consider incorporating estate planning into their New Year’s resolutions.  Whether you are retired or just starting off in the working world, you could benefit from making or updating your estate plan.
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