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What Happens If I Don’t Have An Estate Plan?

Posted on: June 29th, 2016
Some people don’t believe they need an estate plan. Daily, I hear “my life and estate are simple.” However, if you don’t set up your own, the state of California will “simply” decide what happens to your estate for you. ...

How Do I Know If I Need An Estate Plan?

Posted on: June 29th, 2016
An estate plan is simply a set of instructions that outlines what you want to happen if you become incapacitated and when you die. Regardless of your wealth—modest or monstrous—your plan details your desires, family situation, assets, and how and by whom you want your affairs handled, when you can’t. Then, your estate attorney translates the information into legally enforceable instructions....

Your Estate Plan is not a Static Document

Posted on: June 16th, 2016
Having an estate plan is an essential tool in your “Family Toolbox” to help ensure your loved ones will be taken care after you’re gone. Many people believe an estate plan is a static document and, once in place, will fully and accurately express your desires. The only problem is that things change and your plan should be adjusted to properly represent and protect your interests and those of your heirs....

How to Write Off Long-Term Care for Parents with Dementia

Posted on: June 16th, 2016
When tax time rolls around, if you happen to be a caregiver for a parent suffering from some form of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, you may be able to claim your parent as a dependent for tax purposes, itemizing and claiming their qualified, unreimbursed medical costs. ...

How Will You Be Remembered When You’re Gone?

Posted on: June 16th, 2016
We are all here on Earth for a relatively short period of time and many of us would like to think we made a difference during our lives. We may even want to leave something behind for our loved ones or others as a remembrance of our existence. ...

Giving Tax Free IRA Distributions to Charities

Posted on: June 16th, 2016
If you are over 70 ½ years old, you are now allowed to donate up to $100,000 a year tax free from your IRA to a public charity. The IRA Charitable Rollover is now a permanent tool that you can incorporate into your financial planning strategy....
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