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Another Reason Why You Might Want a Living Trust Instead of a Will For Your Family

Many of our clients know that for California residents who own real estate or otherwise have over $150,000 of assets that don’t pass by beneficiary designation, a living trust is an efficient and protective way to transfer wealth to the next generation. What people often don’t know is that one little-discussed advantage of trusts over wills

September 4th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

After Divorce, Separate Your Estate Plans Too

Divorce agreement In our estate planning practice, we counsel a number of blended families. They face unique issues relating to the couple’s desire to balance caring for their new spouses with protecting their children from previous relationships. The attached Wall Street Journal article from earlier this year discusses a different aspect of the overlap

August 21st, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |

For Blended Families, Consider Prenups and Trusts

Kaiser Law Group has a sub-specialty in working with blended families. Our clients in second marriages who bring children from previous relationships are seeking to strike a delicate balance between taking care of their spouse and making sure that their children are protected. Accomplishing this balance requires a great deal of trust, open communication and flexibility.

February 27th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

Three Things You Need to Know About Estate Planning

This quick article from the Wall Street Journal hits the three most basic estate tax concepts in a pretty concise and straight-forward way. If you have any questions about the interplay between the annual gift exemption ($14,000), the estate tax exemption (currently $5.43 million per person) or the lifetime gift exemption (it ties in with the

Route to an $8 Million Portfolio Started With Frugal Living

My “Millionaire Next Door” clients and their advisors would probably get a kick out of the story of Ronald Read – a former JC Penny janitor and service station worker who passed away earlier this year with $8 million. Ronald Read passed away with $8M fortune None of his friends and family knew of his wealth,

HIPAA and Misinterpretation of the Law

One of the components of the comprehensive estate plans we establish for our clients is a HIPAA authorization. This form allows our clients to name trusted loved ones or professional advisors to have access to their otherwise-confidential records. I found this New York Times article regarding HIPAA authorizations interesting. It discusses how many institutions have incorrectly

The New Rules of Estate Planning

Forward-thinking estate planners and certified estate planning specialists are the most likely to be creating and following the new rules of estate planning as outlined in this Wall Street Journal article. One of the most important "new rules" is the enhanced focus on minimizing and avoiding capital gains taxes for higher-net worth families whose level of

February 28th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

A Respectful Deference to Elders Curdles Into a Fight Over Assets

This NY Times article from late November focuses on a film, “Black Heirlooms” that describes a family dispute over a relatively modest amount of money that ended up tearing the filmmaker’s family apart. Besides the strained family relationships, the article mentions that “money goes to lawyers that could have gone to heirs.” That sentence resonated with

February 28th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |