Janet Brewer – Law Offices of Janet L. Brewer

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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

A Guide To Trusts - Trusts 101

It's useful to review some basic definition and functions of a trust. It may help you if one day you are asked to be a trustee or as you dive into your own estate planning. Some of these distinctions are artificial, but they…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Lottery Winner Without A Will Dead After Cyanide Poisoning

According to a sensational report, the widow of a Chicago lottery winner who was poisoned with cyanide fought with the man’s siblings over control of his estate. The battle included a fight over his nearly half a million-dollar…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Americans Living Abroad Feel Impact of FATCA

According to some international financial experts, recently implemented American tax rates and policies may cause more Americans living abroad to renounce their U.S. citizenship. A recent conference in Israel on the subject of…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Smarter Ways to Make Year-End Charitable Gifts

One way you can make a year-end charitable gift is to write a check to the charity and take a charitable deduction on your income tax return. The problem is that you're using “after tax dollars” to make the gift…more
| Finance & Banking, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Critical Choices if Your Children are Orphaned

Who will take care of your children if they're orphaned? If you fail to make your choices known through your estate plan, the selection will be left to a judge. Therefore, there are some critical decisions to make..…more
| Family Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

What are the new estate planning rules after our fall off the fiscal cliff?

Now that the fiscal cliff nightmare has passed, many families are wondering how the whole debacle finally shook out. Did Congress actually avert a crisis or does the deal spell doom for those with a sizable estate?…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Estate Planning Could Have Saved Gandolfini Millions in Estate Taxes

I was quoted recently in an article on "Estate Planning Missteps" that referred to the heirs of James Gandolfini. Gandolfini is the acclaimed actor who played Tony Soprano on the award winning HBO series, "The Sopranos". His…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

10 Reasons To Revisit To Your Estate Plan Frequently

An estate plan should generally be reviewed after a major life event, such as birth, marriage, or death. But even apart from these events, you should monitor and revisit your estate plan periodically (at least annually) to…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Downsizing Your Home for Retirement

If your kids are grown and you are still living in a large, empty nest, downsizing is a natural consideration, especially when the kids and grandkids don’t stay overnight on a regular basis. Downsizing before retirement is a…more
| Real Estate - Residential, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Securing Your Company's Confidential Data and Intellectual Property

Many of my clients are concerned with confidential information and trade secrets in their businesses. Even if it happens to be a very small, family-run business, doing everything you can to make sure you have established and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Intellectual Property

What happens to your digital assets after you die?

Most people understand the need to protect, and assign, their assets after their death. They know who will care for their children or pets, who will receive the family heirloom brooch, and who will inherit their financial…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Update: Estate and Gift Tax Laws for the Rest of 2012

Continued uncertainty due to Congress's delays - At just about this time last year I posted a blog article called What to Expect of the Estate Tax in 2011. Well, another year has now passed and the estate and gift tax laws…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

The Importance of Special Needs Trusts

A sad case currently before the San Francisco Probate Court, In the Matter of the Fiorani Living Trust, deals with the tragic issue of what happens when a person abuses his position as trustee over a special needs trust meant to…more
| Business Torts, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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