The Howell Law Group, APC

12526 High Bluff Drive Suite 300, PMB 686
San Diego, California 92130, United States

Contact: Shannon Howell

California Assisted Living Facilities

There are many options inCalifornia for adults who need assistance with daily living activities such as meal preparation, dressing, bathing and taking medication. Some options available are group living situations which may not…more
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Preserve Assets Now in California

Estate planning involves much more than simply drafting a last will and testament. A good estate plan takes advantage of trusts, custodial accounts, insurance and planned giving to make the transfer of wealth more efficient and…more
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3 Important California Estate Planning Tools

When most people think of estate planning, they typically think of a last will and testament, also known simply as a “will”. A will distributes property, designates a guardian for minor children and sometimes also directs a…more
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The Two Myths of Estate Planning

Myth 1: I am too young (or poor) to need an Estate Plan. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all knew in advance the date and time of our death? Unfortunately, that is not the way life works. We may die at any time from any number…more
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Estate Planning and Predictions for the Future

When the current estate tax laws expire at the end of this year, the lifetime exemption could lower from 5.12 million dollars to only one million dollars and gift tax could be raised from 35% to 55%. The tax laws change…more
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Helping Aging Parents Designate Agent

Baby boomers are now facing the challenge of caring for aging parents while also caring for their children and their spouses. Helping parents get their financial affairs and estate planning in order can be a huge relief and…more
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Creating Flexible Estate Plans in California

An estate plan should be specific to ensure there are no problems with interpretation and fewer challenges to the will. An estate plan should also be flexible though so a testator does not have to go through the process of…more
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Medi-Cal

California offers some California residents long term health care benefits similar to Medicaid. Medi-Cal is based on income and need and there are complex rules for eligibility. Medi-Cal considers some assets as “countable”…more
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Financial and Estate Planning for the Future

Tax laws are constantly changing and usually they are changed as a reaction to economic conditions but they can also change as different political parties shift power in Congress and in the White House. With the uncertainty of…more
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Paying Medical Expenses is a Great Tax Strategy

When you pay medical expenses directly to a medical provider for someone else, the gift of medical care is not counted toward your annual gifts or your lifetime gifts. As we’ve discussed in this blog previously, each person can…more
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Personal Estate Plan Details Available Online

In this day and age we all depend on the internet for instant access to breaking news, up-to-the-minute traffic and information about anyone or anything at our fingertips. Virtually anything can be found on the internet. Most…more
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Can You Leave a Legacy?

What does it mean to leave a legacy? A legacy can be a financial gift which keeps giving or a legacy can refer to an impact someone has made on their community or family which lives on long after an individual has passed away. …more
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Who Needs a Will?

Sometimes people think wills are for older people or maybe for people who are sick, but people with young children probably need a will more than anyone. It’s easy to give away property and assets after someone passes away but…more
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Who Needs a Trust?

Everyone hears advice from financial planners or friends about having a trust. Some think trusts are only for the very wealthy but trusts are useful for people of every income tax bracket. Below are some of the ways trusts can…more
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Do You Need a 530 College Savings Plan?

A 530 College Savings Plan can be a great way to give money to children or loved ones and minimize tax consequences for both the donor and the beneficiary. Donations made to a 530savings plan can lower the donor’s adjusted…more
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