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If you are stationed abroad but planning to return to the United States, you should know more about estate planning for your future. Continue reading
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If you've recently relocated to California, you can read all about Janet's over twenty years of working on estate law. Continue reading
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There are options to borrow for college but few, if any, to borrow for retirement. Continue reading
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Beneficiary designations are one of the keys to making estate planning easier. Continue reading
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Cultural barriers can impact your estate planning in unexpected ways. If you want to start an estate plan in the United States but your family’s culture gets in the way, it can be frustrating. But given tax and estate laws here, you should try to overcome cultural barriers. Continue reading
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If you have a fixed income in retirement, you may think that you do not need an estate plan. The truth is, if you have any significant assets or want to make sure your wishes are carried out, you should start estate planning now. Continue reading
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Your estate plan can be flexible but don’t leave out the key documents. Continue reading
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When you begin planning your estate for the first time, you will need to learn about common structures for distributing property to heirs such as the will. Continue reading
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For spouses with international backgrounds, qualified domestic trusts (QDOTs) may help with estate and tax planning for their futures. Continue reading
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When you begin to think about planning your estate, you will start hearing about probate court. Many online sources recommend that you focus on “probate avoidance”. Those unfamiliar with probate court may jump at the chance to avoid it. But first, you should understand what this court does and how it relates to your estate plan. Continue reading
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You already have a terrific accountant who does your taxes every year and talks to you about retirement planning. You may be wondering if you should make an estate plan too, and if so, whether you need a lawyer. Lawyers handle many issues that accountants do not, and so planning for your future should involve both types of professionals. Continue reading
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The decision on your assets is better made by you than state law. Continue reading
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A trusted person, such as a family member or a friend, is a good place to start looking, when considering choices for a power of attorney. Continue reading
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When a loved one dies, most people are overwhelmed and have no clue what to do first. You may wonder whether it is more important to plan the memorial service or to get copies of the death certificate. When it comes to distributing a loved one’s estate, a few tasks cannot wait. Continue reading
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If you live in France but have French family members living in the U.S., you need to take care in your estate planning. You may be familiar with the French forced heirship laws, but owning property in the United States is different. Continue reading
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The world has changed, and it really isn’t a good idea to ignore your digital assets when estate planning. Continue reading
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If you don’t marry someone close in age, your estate plan may require a closer look. Continue reading
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When considering your estate planning options, you may be interested in using a family limited partnership if you want to keep wealth in the family. After you learn a little more about the FLP in California, talk to your estate planning lawyer about the benefits of setting one up. Continue reading
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If you are a non-resident of the United States supporting your child with income from a U.S. investment property, you need to start estate planning now. Owning real estate in California’ hot market can be a great investment strategy. But U.S. estate and gift taxes could impose an onerous burden... Continue reading
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It may be time to give some extra consideration to saving, planning and insurance for those later years. Continue reading
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Many people will want to help you, while others want to get help from you. Continue reading
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When you are in poor health, you should begin your estate planning as soon as possible. Having a plan in place provides peace of mind even when you are not feeling well. There are a few estate planning structures in particular that can help people who expect medical issues in the future. Continue reading
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Retirement policies are becoming a hot topic in the political world. Continue reading