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When a remarriage takes place late in life, potential problems can arise over an existing home. Continue reading
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In the United States, the concepts of domicile and residency play a large part in determining the amount of taxes they owe. For people who spend time in the United States but are not U.S. citizens, which tax rates apply to you depend on a few different factors, including the... Continue reading
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If you have just been married or finalized your divorce, it’s time to update your estate plan. While this is no doubt a busy and perhaps stressful time of your life, prioritize updating your plan so that your mind can rest easy about your estate. Continue reading
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An estate planning attorney can advise you on the state laws concerning an estate tax. Continue reading
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Your work isn’t done just because you have a will. Continue reading
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When planning your estate, one of your primary goals may be including financial support for your parents or siblings. Putting your wishes in writing gives you peace of mind that your family can meet their needs, even if you cannot be there with them. There are a few different ways... Continue reading
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California law allows people to sign advance health care directives, which combine living wills and healthcare powers of attorney in single legal documents. A health care directive states that a certain person can make decisions about your medical care and end-of-life care if you cannot decide yourself because you are... Continue reading
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When you make a California estate plan, consider that any foreign and alternative currencies you own may be part of your estate. The amount of these currencies matters for federal estate tax purposes and for California probate, if your estate goes through probate. In both cases, your executor, estate administrator,... Continue reading
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In the digital age, people keep increasing amounts of information stored in the cloud or on personal devices. Surviving relatives can face extreme difficulty in tracking down digital assets that are part of an estate. In some cases, people do not want relatives to have access to certain digital information but have not clearly specified their wishes. Continue reading
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A pooled income fund is a charitable trust that pays donors an income stream and then gives the remainder to charity. If you are interested in charitable giving as part of your long-term estate plan, consider a pooled income fund as one of your options. How Does a Pooled Income... Continue reading
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If you are thinking about charitable giving as part of your long-term estate plan, you may be interested in making donations to a donor advised fund. These funds allow you to grow your money over time without committing to a specific charity right away. Continue reading
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If you have an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) so that you can file U.S. tax returns, you may need to renew it soon. Many ITINs will be expiring at the end of 2018. Last week, we discussed who needs an ITIN, read that here. Which ITINs Are Expiring? Due... Continue reading
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ITIN stands for Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. Many people who need to pay United States taxes but who do not have Social Security numbers should have ITINs. These numbers identify the taxpayers to the IRS. Who Needs an ITIN? ITINs are for people who do not have and are not... Continue reading
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You have a life insurance policy, and you want to make sure that no one has to pay taxes on the policy proceeds after you pass away. One big concern is estate tax: since the life insurance policy will have a large payout, your estate’s total value could take a... Continue reading
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If you are a U.S. citizen and you just learned of an inheritance from a non-U.S. citizen or you expect one in the future, you probably have questions about what will happen when you receive it. In general, the United States does not tax its citizens on inheritances of non-U.S.... Continue reading
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You may have heard from friends that investing in foreign corporations is a smart move because it will reduce your taxes. Unfortunately, in most cases, this is not true. When you invest in a foreign corporation by purchasing shares or contributing money, and the foreign corporation’s business is investing in... Continue reading
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The high cost of probate in California comes as a surprise to many. If a court needs to oversee the gathering, administration, and distribution of your estate after you pass away, the substantial fees involved could diminish what your heirs eventually receive. Court Costs It costs $435 just to file... Continue reading
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If you are interested in starting a pet trust in California for your beloved animal, you may want to think twice. Pet trusts can cost a lot of money that will not be spent on your dog or cat, due to operating costs and taxes. You should consider an alternative... Continue reading
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If you are concerned about how your debt fits into your estate planning, you are not alone. Many people worry that after they die, their relatives will be saddled with their debt. Here is the basic information you need to know about how debt will affect your estate. Your Own... Continue reading
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The government will be more than happy to distribute your assets. Continue reading
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Everyone needs an estate plan. It really is that simple. Continue reading
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Heading to a warm climate is a good idea but perhaps it is best to consider legal issues before leaving. Continue reading
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Careful planning can often avoid the traps that lead to bankruptcy. Continue reading
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Check carefully before deciding to take early retirement. Continue reading