What Is Probate & Why You Want To Avoid Probate Court

Hi everybody, my name is Miranda Dressler and I'm an attorney at the Law Offices of Bridget Mackay in Petaluma, California. And today I want to talk to you a little bit about probate. What it is and why people want to avoid it. So most of the [...]

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Estate Planning After Divorce – 9 Tips To Consider Today

Hi there Bridget Mackay of the Law Offices of Bridget Mackay. This is my video blog. I practice estate planning and elder law here in Petaluma, California. And today I want to talk about the nine things you need to know about your estate planning after a divorce. [...]

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How Selling to a Relative or Someone Involved With The Same Estate Can Cost You

You may want to help out one of your relatives, maybe a son or daughter, and think you have a way to do that while at the same time getting a great tax deduction. Your plan is to sell property such as stocks to them at a loss. [...]

By |Thursday, January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

End of Life Wishes: Why You May Want to Complete a California’s Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Form

If you have a life-threatening illness, you should consider completing a California Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form to give yourself more control if you face a sudden medical emergency. This form is actually a doctor’s order that ensures your wishes are respected regarding end of life [...]

By |Thursday, January 17th, 2019|0 Comments

What You Need to Know About Leaving Your Home to Your Children

Here’s a common scenario in California: The biggest part of a person’s estate is the home, and he or she wants to leave it for his or her children after death. After all, the children may have grown up in the home and maintain a sentimental attachment to [...]

By |Thursday, January 10th, 2019|0 Comments

You Won’t Have To Pay Additional Gift Tax After The Recent Double Tax Exemption Ends

We recently wrote about the double exemption that went into effect for gifts and estates in our article, How 2018 Tax Changes May Affect Your Estate Planning. In a nutshell, under the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, (TCJA), P.L. 115-97, the federal exemption for estate and gift [...]

By |Thursday, January 03rd, 2019|0 Comments

Don’t Forget Digital Assets When Planning Your Estate

Digital Assets Are Increasingly Important More and more of our tangible assets are becoming digital. Documents, photographs, business plans, journals, music, movies and records were once all tangible assets that could be passed on to our heirs just like any other property. Today, many of these are digital [...]

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