The Law Offices of John C. Martin

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


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

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

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

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...

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