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Unintended consequences can occur when dividing up real property, which is often harder to distribute than investment accounts or savings accounts. Planning for real property division must take into account the different circumstances of your heirs. You may have envisioned a time in the future, when your children and grandchildren... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
Planning for retirement is like driving into a mountain range. Everything looks peaceful, until you start ascending. Then the hairpin turns and switchbacks begin! Five major challenges need to be addressed once you are about five years away from retirement, says Kiplinger in a recent article, “Near Retirement? 5 Plans... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
A battle between the late actor’s children and his widow, is based on her allegations that his living trust does not align with a prenuptial agreement. While an estate plan created while he was living was acceptable to all parties while he was living, only five months after his passing,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
They say the house always wins, but the outcome is still unknown in the case of an estate battle over the sale of a masterpiece by Renoir, between an art dealer’s sons and the estate of their father’s widow. Known for its world-class art collection, the Bellagio casino is waiting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
Certain tax deductions are available only to people age 65 and up. Don’t wait for Washington to re-write the tax law, if you are doing some mid-year tax planning. There are ways to limit how much you owe in taxes, and according to a recent article in Kiplinger, “Retirees, Cut... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
An estate plan does a lot more than distribute your assets among family members and organizations that share your values. It also protects you and your loved ones. That’s why everyone needs an estate plan, especially if you have minor children. It’s amazing that some people still think they don’t... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
Who would have ever thought that a huge exhibit of Elvis’ clothing and personal effects wouldn’t draw record-breaking crowds in Vegas? Instead, it was a colossal flop. An ambitious exhibit that featured Elvis’s stage outfits, jewelry, personal letters and other items at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino is... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
Legal battles that lasted longer than the marriage, continue to plague the daughter of a real estate investor. A court action brought by a young woman, whose mother devoted nine years to gaining control of her trust fund, is now trying to free herself from her mother’s financial grip. Her... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
Some of us are living longer, but it’s a select group. The numbers are chilling. The Society of Actuaries has decreased its life expectancy for 65 year old Americans by six months, and the health of middle-aged, non-Hispanic white Americans is deteriorating fastest, according to an article in Trust Advisor,... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
Some taboos have changed, but the talk about wills and distribution of assets remains an awkward one for many. That includes telling adult children where estate planning documents have been stored. To keep peace in the family and to avoid the conflict that so often follows the death of a... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
Unless you’ve been the one to clean up after an inheritance disaster, it’s hard to comprehend how important estate planning is. Once you’ve been through the wringer, you don’t want to do it again. There are families who understand the importance of estate planning. There are even some who use... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
Each state handles taxation on the sale of jointly owned stocks differently. Selling jointly owned stock after the death of a spouse, is different than selling other jointly owned assets. A recent article from Kiplinger, “Selling Jointly Owned Stock After the Death of a Spouse,” provides good information on how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
Without the spending habits of Michael Jackson and the involvement of members of his inner circle, the Jackson estate has been transformed into an efficient multi-million dollar empire. As it stands now, the only factors that might keep the Michael Jackson money machine from moon-walking into eternity are his heirs.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
How do people manage to find and pay for home health care services? One part of the problem is explored here: funding support. It can be overwhelming to learn that a loved one needs to receive in-home healthcare services. Will the person ever regain their ability to care for themselves?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
Funeral planning provides an opportunity to save money and spare your heirs the confusion and added stress of guessing what you may have wanted. Death and money: they are two things that we like to pretend don’t matter and hate to talk about. Therefore, what better way to tackle them... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
Did you turn 70 ½ last year? If so, you had the choice to delay the first RMD until April 1. Did you make the deadline? If not, here’s what you need to do. The IRS extended the April 15 deadline for filing tax returns to April 18th because of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
A penchant for performing that didn’t end until he passed and no messy divorces leaves musical icon’s heirs with a legacy that will keep on growing. Chuck Berry’s first studio album in 40 years was in the works, when he died. In addition, his unusual for the time ownership of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
There are some processes that provide a framework for heirs who must deal with grief and legal issues at the same time. It’s hard enough when someone you love dies unexpectedly, but when they die without a will and their estate includes real property and significant debt, you are facing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
The moment you become a parent, you need a will. The same is true once you acquire any kind of asset that you want to give to someone after you die. It’s really that simple. The reasons why so many people don’t think they need a will fall into a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
When all of your time is spent battling the challenges of mental illness or addiction, it’s hard to imagine what the future will bring. However, that’s exactly why estate planning is so important. It’s not an easy issue to discuss with an estate planning attorney for the first time. However,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
Now that many members of the millennial generation are parents, it’s time for them to protect their families with estate plans, including naming guardians for their minor children. Yes, that generation is growing up! The numbers are pretty extreme. A recent study by caring.com reveals that 88% of 18–36 year-old... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
Tennessee has now joined a number of states in creating laws and coalitions to protect their seniors from the growing problems of elder abuse. Legislation has been introduced by lawmakers in Tennessee that recognizes the growing problem of elder abuse. According to Nashville News Channel 5’s report, “New Legislation Targets... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
There are two ways to give the family home to your children without having the property go through probate, but how do you know which one is better? Being in the position to give your children or child ownership of the family home, keeps the house in the family and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
Six figure wage earners often wonder if there’s a way that they can somehow benefit from the advantages of a Roth IRA. The short answer is yes, but there are some extra steps that must be taken. Almost everyone can make nondeductible contributions to a traditional IRA, which is a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas
If you think of retirement as a one-time purchase, it is the biggest thing you’ll ever buy. Trying to pay for retirement without the funding, is asking for the impossible. Compared to buying a new car or a house, paying for retirement is the biggest purchase of a lifetime, according... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Law Offices of Jacqueline Real-Salas