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Estate Planning Pitfall - You haven’t planned for incapacity

Most estate plans focus on what happens after death — but a plan is incomplete if arrangements haven’t been made in the event of mental incapacity. If the plan doesn’t specify how these decisions will be made, and by whom, a...more

California Trust Attorney – Three Things You Should Know About a Trust

What is a trust and how does it differ from a will? Before planning your California trust you should know three important things: 1. A Trust Defined - A trust provides for the allocation of assets when you...more

October 2014 Estate Planning Update: What You Need

First and foremost, all adults need powers of attorney regardless of their age, their health or their wealth. There are two types of powers of attorney. A health care power of attorney allows you to name an agent to make...more

Combating Financial Abuse of Elderly in Mesa

Over the course of the last century, the number of U.S. residents over the age of 65 has increased 11-fold, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median age of our population is expected to continue to rise....more

Can Remainder Beneficiaries of a Revocable Trust Sue for a Breach of Fiduciary Duty That Occurred During the Settlor’s Lifetime?

Imagine the following scenario: The trustee of a revocable trust dissipates a substantial amount of trust assets to buy men’s basketball season tickets at the Dean E. Smith Center. The settlor does not follow college...more

5 Estate Planning Mistakes You Should Try to Avoid

In your experience, what’s the most costly mistake people make when preparing estate plans, and what can they do to fix them? That’s the question we recently put to attorneys writing on JD Supra....more

Does a Revocable Living Trust Have Any Advantages Over a Will?

Thinking about your demise and how your estate will be divided up may be the farthest thought from your mind. However, by creating a last will and testament, you ensure your last wishes are heard and carried out. Depending on...more

Careful Planning Required to Avoid New York’s Estate Tax

Now that Congress has implemented a relatively large per person federal gift/estate tax exemption (i.e., the per person federal gift/estate tax exemption is $5,250,000 in 2013, indexed for inflation), many think that estate...more

FDIC Insurance: Are Your Accounts Fully Covered?

When a client walks into a bank he or she is bombarded with signs indicating that the funds deposited in the bank are insured by the FDIC. Even if the client does not fully comprehend what that means, the signs offer the...more

Why You Need an Estate Plan Post 2013 Tax Act

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

Whose Standing Is It, Anyway?

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

New Court Mandated Training for All Persons Serving as a Personal Representative, Guardian or Conservator #EstatePlanningAttorney

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

Estate Planning Considerations: Documentation and Peace of Mind

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

Tax Law Blog: Iowa Trust Industry Breathes a Sigh of Relief after the Supreme Court's Reversal in Trimble

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

Beneficiaries Of Trust Have Standing To Sue Trustee For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty That Occurred During Settlor’s Lifetime

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

Wealth Management Update Newsletter - January 2013

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

Summary of Federal Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Provisions of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

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

Anonymous Charitable Giving

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

Estate Tax Lessons from 2010 and Things to Watch Out for in 2011

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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