When you contemplate your estate plan, you typically focus on who you want to inherit your assets when you are gone. What happens though if there is someone you specifically do not want to inherit from your estate? More specifically, what happens if you want to cut your spouse out of your Will? Can you do that? Let's see how California treats an attempt to disinherit a spouse. Last Will and Testament Basics At its most basic, a Last Will and Testament is a legal document that communicates a … [Read more...] about Can I Disinherit My Spouse?
If you have yet to create an estate plan, you likely have an explanation for why that is so. You may feel you don’t need one yet, either because you have yet to amass a sizeable fortune or because you have yet to settle down and start a family. The truth, however, is that every adult can benefit from estate planning. To help you better understand the importance of estate planning, let's explore why you need an estate plan. Ensuring that Your Wishes Are Honored Like many people, you may be … [Read more...] about Why Do I Need an Estate Plan?
In the modern digital age, almost any form can be located easily with just a few clicks of a mouse. Legal forms and kits are among the forms that can now be accessed rapidly and easily on the Internet. While it may be tempting to save a few dollars by using a do-it-yourself legal form, the ultimate cost could be much greater than the dollars you initially saved. It seems as though there is a legal form required for almost anything you do. From getting married to starting a business to estate … [Read more...] about Beware of Do-It-Yourself Legal Forms
In previous newsletters, we have discussed both so-called “529 accounts”, which are a type of tax-efficient education savings accounts and ABLE accounts, which are a relatively new type of account that can be established to provide additional resources for persons receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. While each account is for a different purpose, they do share some similar features. Due to a recent law change, it is now possible to make limited transfers from existing 529 … [Read more...] about Interaction between Education Savings (“529”) Accounts and ABLE Accounts
As we advised in last month’s newsletter, the “Secure Act” was part of a larger law that passed with (rare) bipartisan support in late-December 2019. It was effective January 1, 2020, for most purposes. This is the second in a series of articles on the Secure Act. The first article looked at the basics of the Secure Act. This article examines planning strategies for dealing with the Secure Act. As laid out in the first article in the series, the Secure Act requires more rapid distributions of … [Read more...] about Planning for the SECURE Act
If you have yet to create an estate plan, you likely have an explanation for why that is so. You may feel you don’t need one yet, either because you have yet to amass a sizeable fortune or because you have yet to settle down and start a family. The truth, however, is that every adult can benefit from estate planning. To help you better understand the importance of estate planning, a Roseville estate planning attorney at the Northern California Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law explains … [Read more...] about Why Do I Need an Estate Plan?
The general guidance among experienced and qualified estate planning attorneys is that you should review your estate plan every few years. However, if certain events such as a move occur, you need to review your estate plan at that time. Move to a new state When you move to a new state, it is in your best interests to consult with an experienced and qualified estate planning attorney in your new locale. Laws vary from state to state so the legal documents of your estate plan should be … [Read more...] about If I Move, Should I Review My Estate Plan?
Many of us are surprised that our assets may not go to those named in our Will. However, if you have assets controlled by beneficiary designations or other non-probate transfers, that’s the case. Read on to learn how a Will might not control all your assets. Read on to learn more. … [Read more...] about Beneficiary Designations and Other Non-Probate Transfers
The SECURE Act passed in late December. The SECURE Act changes some lifetime rules, but the biggest change concerns rules for beneficiaries. Read on to learn more. … [Read more...] about The SECURE Act and What It Means for You
The Heckerling conference, the largest conference for Estate Planning in the country, occurred last week in Orlando, FL. Many of the thought leaders in Estate Planning and Elder Law got together and discussed recent developments and new strategies. The SECURE Act was the biggest topic this time. Read on to learn more. … [Read more...] about Estate Planning Conference Discusses SECURE Act and More