Top Excuses For Putting Off Estate Planning

I hear a lot of excuses why people are not ready to prepare an estate plan.  I even used some of these myself. I thought I would share the ones I hear most frequently. Seeing a lawyer is intimidating Lawyers can be intimidating, plus as a general profession, lawyers do not have the greatest reputati...

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Is An Estate Plan the Perfect Holiday Gift?

What would you think if you received an estate plan as a gift? Would you be pleased? Or freaked out? I’m an estate planning attorney, so I may be a bit biased, but I think it is a great gift. Here’s why. Intestate Succession – California (or Your State)’s Plan for You Did you know […]

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IRA Beneficiary Trust

IRA Beneficiary Trust

For many people, their retirement assets consist of accounts such as an employer sponsored 401(k) plan and/or IRA accounts. The reason for doing so it obvious: they allow for either tax-deferred growth of your hard earned money. One pitfall of these accounts is what will happen to them when you pass...

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Wednesday Words: Intestate Succession

Wednesday Words: Intestate Succession

This post will be the first “Wednesday Word.” For this inaugural post, I will explain what intestate succession is. Intestate Succession is the method by which property is distributed when a person dies without a valid will. Each state’s law provides that the property be distribute...

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Estate Planning Red Flag:  You Haven’t Planned for Incapacity

Estate Planning Red Flag: You Haven’t Planned for Incapacity

Estate planning is often associated with death. But it’s just as important for your plan to address incapacity associated with illness, injury, advanced age or other circumstances. Unless you specify how financial and health care decisions will be made in the event you become incapacitated, there’s ...

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