As we age and move through life things change. Whether these are positive changes such as a marriage, birth and new friendships, or sad changes such as a death or a falling out with a loved one. If you have taken the time to create a living trust, it will grow with you as long as you take the time to properly maintain it. In most cases, you [...]
The short answer is it depends on the type of Estate Plan you have in place and what types of assets you have. If you have a Revocable Living Trust and all your assets have been properly titled into the name of your trust, your assets will not go through Probate upon your death. If your assets are over the current $166,250 Probate Limit and you either don’t [...]
Many clients want to leave something for their grandchildren and there are a multitude of options and factors to consider. The most common way clients leave money for their grandchildren is to leave a specific dollar amount, known as a specific gift, at their death to a grandchild. If the grandchild is a minor or not fiscally responsible, the next option is to leave the specific gift in [...]
When you pass away owning assets, your estate will go through either Probate or a Trust Administration. While these processes are relatively similar there are some key differences such as cost, how long it takes for your beneficiaries or heirs to inherit, and the amount of control you have over how your assets are distributed and who is in charge of distributing them. Probate is a court supervised [...]
If you have named your child or children as your successor trustee or as your Power of Attorney agent, you have already deemed your adult child to be financially responsible and capable of taking care of your assets on your behalf if you are unable to. Right now while you are still alive and well, it can be advantageous to have conversations about your finances so that your [...]
You can contribute to the affected accounts for as long as you want, and there is no longer a cutoff date. You must take required minimum distributions at age 72 now, up from 71 ½. The new changes do not affect a spouse who inherits their deceased spouse’s retirement account. The rules are significantly different for those who are inheriting an account but are not a spouse. The [...]
During this COVID-19 pandemic, having documents in place outlining your wishes for your health care decisions is crucial. In this example, Joe Smith ends up in the hospital and is unable to speak for himself. He does have immediate family present as his two daughters came with him to the hospital. However, they disagree on what action should be taken for their father. Without an Advance Health Care [...]
The answer to this question depends on what type of Estate Plan you have. Trust Administration typically takes between 6 to 9 months, but there are factors that can make it last longer, such as: Identifying all estate assets Preparing an accounting of all of the assets in the estate Selling real property Handling assets that were not properly titled in the trust For estates that must go [...]
The short answer is: it depends. As Miranda explains in the above video, there are many factors that go into determining what type of Estate Plan is best for you. For example, if you have a Will but own real property, you should consider creating a Trust to give you more control over your assets and avoid Probate at your death.
By planning ahead and creating an incapacity plan you can: Avoid a potential conservatorship which is also known as a living probate Ensure your spouse or nominated agent can handle your financial affairs Write out your health care wishes and select someone to carry them out on your behalf Allow your chosen fiduciary to do Medi-Cal benefits planning for long term care on your behalf The main incapacity [...]
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