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Some countries have estate tax treaties with the United States, including Japan. These treaties may change the default taxation rules that the United States or another country would apply to people who file tax returns in that country. The Japan-U.S. estate tax treaty does change some of these rules, so... Continue reading
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If you are interested in purchasing United States real estate, you may want to consider forming holding companies for the property. Holding companies offer several advantages to property investors, including liability protection, privacy, and in some cases tax breaks. Types of Holding Companies People investing in real estate typically choose... Continue reading
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If you would like to start a foreign trust, you may wonder if it will be able to operate in the United States. The short answer is yes, many foreign trusts do operate in the United States. They are, however, treated differently than U.S. trusts for tax purposes. Foreign trusts... Continue reading
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If you are interested in setting up a trust as part of your estate planning, you may wonder about the difference between a U.S. and a foreign trust. Foreign trusts are usually similar in structure to United States trusts, but the people involved in the trust and the property held... Continue reading
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Family members will not have to guess what sort of service you want. Continue reading
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When couples are estate planning, most want to take advantage of all available tax deductions and credits. The concept of estate tax portability allows many higher net worth couples to minimize their total estate taxes due. But portability is little help when a couple includes one U.S. citizen and one... Continue reading
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Discussions with your loved ones may be difficult. However, they will need the information. Continue reading
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When a non-United States citizen spouse and a citizen spouse own real estate together, the legal concept of joint tenancy may affect their estate planning. Spouses often take title to property as joint tenants with a right of survivorship. This means that if one spouse passes away, the other spouse will own the property outright – without the need for the property to go through probate. Continue reading
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A will may not be sufficient to handle all situations, so other documents are added to your estate plan. Everyone needs a power of attorney. However, it is important to know there are different kinds and you need to know which one is best for your circumstances, according to Wicked... Continue reading
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You may have heard about irrevocable life insurance trusts as useful estate planning tools. Before you decide to jump in and form a trust, learn a bit about how these special trusts work. What Is an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust? An irrevocable life insurance trust (also called an “ILIT”) has... Continue reading
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Don’t forget about your estate plan, if you move to a new state. If you are planning to relocate in retirement or at any other time for that matter, it is a good idea to look over your estate plan to see if it is valid in your new state... Continue reading
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You may have heard about making a joint will with your spouse and wondered if it was a good idea. While joint wills used to be very popular to save time and money, they have fallen out of favor for some excellent reasons. 1. What Is a Joint Will? A... Continue reading
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Your choice may be flattered but are they capable and willing? Continue reading
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The probate laws governing when wills must be probated are complicated – and even more complicated when a deceased person was not a citizen of the United States. Sometimes, a will must be processed by the probate court in California, and sometimes not. Did the Non-Citizen Have Assets in California?... Continue reading
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The state will most likely be happy to do it for you after you die. If you do not have a will or an estate plan, your wishes may not be carried out but your assets will be distributed, according to the Concord Monitor in “Make Your Wishes Known.” The... Continue reading
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If you are not prepared, they could end up with a mess on their hands. Continue reading
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Homemaker or health aide services can get pretty costly. Continue reading
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You may not have to wait to gift, because you can do it now. Continue reading
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Short careers and big paychecks can lead to big problems if you’re not careful. Continue reading
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Meeting with an estate planning attorney is a good way to get started and meet your goals. Continue reading
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It is important to have a plan and important to keep it up to date. Continue reading
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Options for retirees are often to enjoy retirement, pursue passions or leave inheritance. Continue reading
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How and when should you tell your family members about your estate plan? The answers to these questions depend on many factors such as your family dynamics, how you plan to leave your money, and more. Continue reading
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If you receive a sudden windfall, it may be a good time to begin your estate plan. Having money all of a sudden can feel liberating in the moment, but you may want to think of your future too. Continue reading