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Our Living Trusts Avoid Probate in Ways Other Estate Plans Do Not

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

One of the reasons my trust and estates practice has flourished when others have floundered is that we don’t cut corners.  I take the time to help our clients make the right legal decisions.  Then I make sure that their living trusts reflect those good choices by drafting the documents myself, by putting my own  Read more…

Using a Trust Protector Will Supercharge Your Estate Planning

Friday, January 28th, 2011

When you establish a trust, one of the biggest decisions you make is who will serve as trustee if you become ill or pass away. You must be able to rely on your successor trustee to follow your instructions, manage trust assets as a reasonably prudent person, make appropriate distributions and avoid even a hint of self-dealing. In my experience, most successor trustees do just fine, especially when they are represented by a competent trust administration attorney. But what if your successor trustee isn’t up to the job? What if they go rogue when you’re not there to do something about it? That’s when using a trust protector can really give you tremendous peace of mind.

New Law Means 2011 Could Be Time To Review Your Living Trust

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Laws change, families change, and your needs and interests change. Sometimes your estate plan should change accordingly. A deal just struck in Washington, D.C., could be a good reason to make sure your estate plan still works the way you want.

Why Having An Up-to-date Living Trust Is So Important

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

A living trust is essential for nearly every Californian with more than $25,000 in real estate or $100,000 in other assets. That’s because, unlike a simple will, your living trust can protect you if you become too ill to manage your financial affairs. It can also save your loved ones from the expensive hassle of  Read more…

Why 2010 Means Trouble for Many Living Trusts

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

You may have heard that 2010 is the year without an estate tax. It’s caused some people to suggest that if you have to pick a year to die, pick 2010.

Not so fast!

In the absence of the death tax this year, there is a substitute tax system that is likely to collect more money from more people upon their deaths. This one-year system will seriously impact the way they planned for their property to pass to their loved ones. To make things even more complicated, most living trusts aren’t equipped to deal with the 2010 rules.

Anyone who didn’t plan with an attorney who prepared for this year’s issues should have their trust reviewed and quite possibly restated.

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