Plan Your Estate to: 1. Provide Stability For Your Family It is common for one spouse to end up managing most of the family’s financial affairs. In the event that spouse is the first to die, the surviving spouse can be left unaware of how to carry on the family’s financial affairs. This can lead … Continue reading Top 10 Reasons to Plan Your Estate
Basic Court Fees Let’s get the boring things out of the way first. For the most straight forward probate, there largest filing fees are incurred at the beginning and end of the process. The 2015 fee charged to file a probate petition is $450. There will be a $435 filing fee to file the petition … Continue reading California Probate: How Much Does It Cost?
Here is an interesting portion of an article by Michael D. Whitty discussing some estate planning considerations for the latter part of 2012. Conditions Remain Favorable for Lifetime Gifts and Other Estate Planning Transactions As covered in our August Estate Planning Notice, the combination of a higher gift tax exemption through 2012 and low … Continue reading Estate Planning Update for Fall of 2012
In the past, self-created trusts in the United States did not offer protection from creditors if the person who created the trust was allowed to receive funds from the trust. In order to get this asset protection feature, trusts had to be created in foreign countries such as the Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Belize … Continue reading Asset Protection Trusts
The world of commercial real estate transactions financing is fraught with legal pitfalls, a fact that has been duly reported time and time again since the end of the “boom” in late 2007. Lower valuations, impinged cash flow, government action, and general economic distress have, and will continue, to affect commercial real estate in San … Continue reading Commercial Real Estate Law & LLCs