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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Overcoming Common Fears About Passing Down Wealth


When you have worked hard over the course of your lifetime to accumulate wealth, you may worry about what will happen to it if you choose to pass it down. You may even have questions about who you wish to pass it down to. These are not uncommon fears that many people have as a result of not having the necessary conversations. Here are some of the most common fears of “sharing the wealth,” and how you can overcome them.

You’re afraid that it will create a sense of entitlement among your children.
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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Estate Planning? Don’t Forget Your Digital Assets


When you are establishing your estate plan it’s important that you remember to include all of your assets. And while this may seem easy, with more and more things turned digital, it is important not to forget about your digital assets.

What Are Digital Assets?

Digital assets include any account or service online that requires you to log into it or that is protected in some other way.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Top 3 Reasons to Put Your House in a Trust


When you think about putting property in a trust, you may not think about placing your house in a trust. However, your personal situation and circumstances will help you to determine whether it is the best decision for you. Here are the top three reasons to consider doing so.

1. You Can Avoid Probate

One of the biggest reasons that anyone puts assets into a trust is that it helps you to avoid the probate process.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

What to Know About Cash Availability Planning


Life is expensive. Money is necessary to help us in our daily lives. That’s why if you become disabled or pass away, your loved one may need to be able to access funds to continue to pay for necessities. But what can you do if all of the money is in your name or in your trust? That’s why cash availability planning is so important.

What Are Your Options?

Cash availability planning is the process of ensuring that your loved one has access to cash when you are disabled or deceased.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Estate Planning for Single Californians


When most people think about creating an estate plan, they are focused on the distribution of their assets when they pass away. But when you are unmarried and have no children – or even no surviving family members – you may be wondering about the importance of still having a comprehensive estate plan. It’s important to understand that estate planning is as important for single Californians as it is for those who are not single. But how should it be different?

Differences to Consider

There are many differences between single and non-single people when it comes to creating a comprehensive estate plan. One of the most prevalent things is the need for a power of attorney.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Three Big Things to Know About Your Debt When You Die


For most people, debt is an unfortunate part of life. But is it also a part of death? You may be wondering what happens to your debt after you pass away and whether it will impact your family. Here’s what you should know.

When you die, all of your assets become a part of your estate and your estate becomes responsible for your debts. The amount of time that creditors have to make a claim against the estate in California is about a year.


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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

What to Consider When Leaving Your Business to Your Family


When you’ve worked for years to build your business, it’d be difficult to imagine it ceasing once you retire or pass away. That’s why many business owners consider leaving their businesses to their families, namely their children. A successful business can provide an abundance of financial security for your loved ones. However, since proper estate planning is so important for business owners, it’s best to establish a Read more . . .


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Ways to Fund a Trust


Creating a trust is a great way to find peace of mind for both you and your loved ones, ensuring that they are taken care of. However, in order for the trust that you’ve established to be able to help in the way you’ve intended, it’s really important that it’s funded.

When a trust isn’t funded it often requires probate court if you become incapacitated or pass away.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Can a Minor Be a Trust Beneficiary in California?


Minors in California (those under 18) may not directly own assets. However, they can own them through a guardian. For example, a minor’s name can be on a bank account so long as it is also opened in the joint name of their adult guardian.

Another way in which minors can indirectly own assets is by being the beneficiary of a Trust. In fact, most people create Read more . . .


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Remarried? Top Tips for Estate Planning Among Blended Families


Divorce and remarriage are common and can certainly be for the best. However, blended families can make estate planning a bit more difficult. That’s why it’s so important to talk to your loved ones if you are thinking about getting married again.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

What Is a Letter of Last Instruction?


There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to estate planning. While many people consider creating a will or a trust, they don’t often know of the possibility to create a Letter of Last Instruction.

A will and a trust are legal documents that discuss how and to whom an individual wants their assets to be distributed after they pass.
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