Category Archives: Estate Planning

Are You in a Second Marriage? Then You Should Have a Sound Estate Plan

I have had a conversation twice in the same amount of weeks with people in my life about estate planning disasters waiting to happen due to a second marriage.  Neither situation was formed from an initial ill will but both will end very bad and probably not how the testator wanted. Two Examples of How aContinue Reading

IRS Increases Annual Gifting Exclusion for 2013

The Internal Revenue Service recently published various inflation based adjustments.  Among the two dozen tax provisions affected was the Annual Gift Exclusion amount.  The amount you can gift to someone has increased from $13,000 in 2012 to $14,000 in 2014. What is the Annual Gift Exclusion Amount? In the United States a person with interests/assetsContinue Reading

Important People You Need to Name When Estate Planning

Most people think about the flow of their assets when they think “estate planning” and while gifting, trusts, and taxes are obviously important I have found that there is something that takes precedence for most younger families and that is the naming of your Executor, Trustee and Guardian. Frims such as Estate Planning Attorney SanContinue Reading

You Can Now Get Sued for Interfering with an Expected Inheritance in California

As always nothing provided in this BRIEF post should be considered legal advice. I am not sure how this flew under my radar for so long but according to Wealth Management there is a new tort on the books in California.  The tort is Interfering with an Expected Inheritance.  For those that are not familiar withContinue Reading

I Can’t Believe I have Been Blogging for 4 Years

On August 5th of 2008 I put up my first post.  I had no idea if anyone would read about my journey, nevertheless care about what was going on in my life, but I wanted to share my thoughts with whoever wanted to read them.  Since putting that first post up I have seen somewhereContinue Reading

An Estate Distribution Schedule That I Just Don’t Understand

Today, I was reminded of an Estate Distribution schedule not often found in Last Will and Testaments or Revocable Trusts, but enough to make me question why it would ever be included.  Part of my daily activities at my office is reviewing clients’ and potential clients’ estate planning documents.  Sometimes this includes just a 2Continue Reading