Estate planning is the process of designating, during your life, the disposition of your assets upon your death in a manner that attempts to eliminate administrative uncertainties, reduce taxes, and maximize asset protection....more
Does the trustee of a revocable trust ever have a duty to account to the remainder beneficiaries of the trust? The Supreme Court of California says yes, but not until after the death of the settlor. In a recent decision, In...more
Notice: Pursuant to Rule 27.1(A) of the Arizona Rules of Probate Procedure, effective September 1, 2012, all non-licensed persons requesting to serve in any court appointed fiduciary capacity must receive training from the...more
If Valentine’s Day results in the announcement of an engagement for one of your children, lawyers say it’s time to start thinking about how your own legal affairs are structured.
And while you’re at it, you may need to...more
With the introduction of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act), the world of estate planning has been injected with a dose of certainty after more than 10 years of uncertainty as to federal estate, gift and...more
On January 25, 2013, trustees around the state breathed a sigh of relief after the Iowa Supreme Court reversed the district court’s controversial decision in the trust case of In the matter of Trust #T-1 of Mary Fay Trimble....more
In Estate of Giraldin (--- P.3d ----, Cal., December 20, 2012), the California Supreme Court considered whether beneficiaries of a trust, following the settlor’s death, had standing to sue the trustee for breach of fiduciary...more
We Didn't (Quite) Fall off the Cliff, But We Still Have To Clean up the Mess!
When the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2012, estate planning practitioners said "good night" to an unprecedented period of working...more
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “2012 Act”) was signed into law by President Obama on January 2nd. A summary of the important income tax features of the 2012 Act can be read here. This article summarizes the...more
Clients often ask how they can make their philanthropic gifts anonymously. There are several reasons they cite for this practice: (a) their gifts may be published in the charity’s website, publications or annual reports,...more
A revocable living trust is a wonderful tool, but it’s just an empty vessel until you fund it by re-titling your assets in the name of your trust. Michael Jackson created what is most likely a wonderful living trust, but his...more
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