The Law Offices of John C. Martin

1145 Merrill St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025, United States

Contact: John Martin

  • 650-329-9500
  • 650-329-9510

Are Bypass Trusts Still Relevant?

Are bypass trusts still relevant? This article examines whether it still makes sense to use a "B" Trust in married couple estate planning. Our Menlo Park estate planning attorneys advise individuals and businesses throughout the…more
|

Warding Off Living Trust Disasters: Issues to Consider when Funding your Living Trust

Since Norman Dacey published his landmark 1960s book, Avoid Probate, revocable living trusts have become a popular means to transfer wealth at death. The use of a revocable trust can minimize or eliminate the supervision of…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Warding Off Living Trust Disasters: Issues to Consider when Funding your Living Trust

Since Norman Dacey published his landmark 1960s book, Avoid Probate, revocable living trusts have become a popular means to transfer wealth at death. The use of a revocable trust can minimize or eliminate the supervision of…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

How Anticipating Future Problems With Powerful Estate Planning Documents Can Save You Time and Money

This article discusses ways to beef up your California estate planning documents in order to minimize costs. Want to save money with wills, trusts, and estate? The best way is to plan for changed circumstances with estate…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

How Titling Property can affect your Estate Plan

The myriad options presented to homebuyers when titling real estate have significant tax, asset protection, and estate planning consequences. Failing to consider these issues often results in unanticipated taxes, liability,…more
| Real Estate, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Three Ways to Ensure your Minor Children can Inherit without Costly Guardianship Proceedings

While it’s not a pleasant subject, sometimes parents pass away while their children are still under the age of 18. What happens then? In this article, we discuss the perils of guardianship and three ways to avoid it…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

The Responsibilities of Trustees after a Death

Revocable living trusts have become one of the most popular testamentary devices in California. There are numerous reasons why individuals choose to execute trusts, including the avoidance of probate fees, the increase in…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Who Owns the Intellectual Property Developed by an Independent Contractor?

In general, the decision to hire an employee or an independent contractor will depend on several factors, including the type of business, corporate form, and tax structure. Often, employers do not wish to burden themselves with…more
| Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

Which Legal Entity should I choose for my Business?

With a check of the box, business owners can choose a tax structure with enormous financial repercussions both now and in the future. Or, they can find themselves in a situation where corporate formalities were not observed,…more
| Business Organizations, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Three Reasons International Families Should Consider Qualified Domestic Trusts

What kind estate planning is advisable for individuals with a non US citizen spouse? In most cases, a decedent’s estate may be transferred to a US citizen spouse without any estate tax, thanks to a high exclusion amount for US…more
| Family Law, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Estate Planning for Pets and Domesticated Animals

Companionship animals play an important role in the lives of humans. Cats keep us company on the couch. Dogs play Frisbee with us at the park. Pets can even prolong a person’s life, lowering the risk of heart attack and rates of…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Three Ways to Save your Heirs Thousands in Property Taxes

In California, Proposition 13 has revolutionized the property tax system. Parents can pass on a house to their children without any reassessment of property tax. However, one might lose the exception from reassessment if one…more
| Real Estate, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Five Ways that an ILIT can Turbo-Charge your Estate Plan

What is an irrevocable life insurance trust (“ILIT”) and why would it be useful to me? In this article, attorney John Martin explores the upsides and downsides of the “ILIT.” The author concludes that an ILIT is both a…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Three Succession Strategies for your Business

In this article, attorney John Martin addresses three succession strategies for California business and property owners. Such persons often hold strong values and wish to keep their assets in the family or preserve their…more
| Business Organizations, Real Estate, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
Areas of Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • California
Number of Attorneys

Sole Practitioner

This profile may constitute attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Any correspondence with this profile holder does not constitute a client/attorney relationship. Neither the content on this profile nor transmissions between you and the profile holder through this profile are intended to provide legal or other advice or to create an attorney-client relationship.