Janet Brewer – Law Offices of Janet L. Brewer

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Palo Alto, CA 94306, United States

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California Guardianship Law: Transferring Assets to a Non-Resident Guardian

California guardianship law can be confusing and complex, and guardianship issues that involve a non-resident guardian can be even more complicated. If you have nominated a guardian who does not live in the United States, you…more
| Family Law, International Law & Trade, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Choosing a Foreign Guardian in California? Three Vital Clauses for Your Will

In our last blog post, we discussed the five clauses that every parent should include in their will to ensure that their children are raised safely and correctly – and by the friend or family member of your choice. In this post,…more
| Family Law, International Law & Trade, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

5 Guardianship Clauses You Need in Your California Will

Writing a will is one of the most important things that you can do for your children: you are ensuring that they will be taken care of after you are gone – both financially and emotionally. However, the time and effort that you…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Qualified Domestic Trust (QDOT) Frequently Asked Questions

When an international couple comes into our office to plan their estate, they often have a lot of questions about qualified domestic trusts (QDOTs) – especially if they own a significant amount of property or assets. Below,…more
| International Law & Trade, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Recognizing the Signs of Special Needs Financial Abuse

This month we have been discussing financial planning for your special needs child as well as how to protect your child from financial abuse and financial issues after you can no longer care for him or her. One of the best ways…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

International Estate Planning Decisions: Create a QDOT or Get Citizenship?

If you are married to a non-U.S. Citizen, estate planning in California is going to be more complex for you than it is for other couples, especially if you have a significant amount of property and assets. However, you do have…more
| Family Law, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Special Needs Trusts: Countable & Non-Countable Resources

One of the reasons you may fund a special needs trust for your child is so that they can have your financial support while also receiving needed government benefits, including Medicaid, Medi-Cal, and Supplemental Security Income…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

One Big Issue That Can Endanger Your Child’s Special Needs Trust

One of the major reasons to create and fund a special needs trust for your disabled child is so that your child can still receive means-tested government benefits, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and…more
| Family Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Special Needs Trusts: Writing a Letter of Intent

A special needs trust is vital if you are the parent or caretaker of a child (or adult child) with mental or physical disabilities. A trust can make certain that your child is cared for properly, that they have enough financial…more
| Family Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

4 Considerations When Estate Planning With a Special Needs Child

When we think about children with special needs, we often think of how they might need extra medical care, a different approach to their education, or simply a little more assistance as they navigate their life. However, it is…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

How to Avoid Estate Taxes if You Have a Non-Citizen Spouse

In our last blog post, we discussed estate taxes, federal gift taxes, and how non-citizen spouses are treated differently in the eyes of the law. Unfortunately, while husbands and wives can leave an unlimited amount of money to…more
| Family Law, Immigration Law, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

The Unlimited Marital Deduction & Non-Citizen Spouses

Especially if you have significant wealth, planning carefully for your future and the future of your loved ones is vital. Although many people are familiar with the basics of estate planning, from drawing up a will to naming…more
| Family Law, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

What We Can Learn About Estate Planning From Robin Williams’ Death

When Robin Williams died of an apparent suicide on Monday, August 11, he left behind millions of long-time fans, dozens of memorable movies, and a successful career in comedy and acting. He also left behind three children and a…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Estate-Planning Lessons From Wealthy Families

For those in the know, a “family office” is something that many wealthy families rely on to provide financial support and advice. A family office can do a little bit of everything: providing investment management services, tax…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Can you bequeath your iTunes playlist?

Estate-planning is surely far from the minds of the majority of us when we log into iTunes to buy a copy of the latest catchy song from the radio. While we accumulate ever-larger collections of digital media (books, movies, TV…more
| Communications & Media Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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