Over the last several decades, however, national borders have all but disappeared, leading to a dramatic increase in cross-border marriages in the United States. In fact, the United States Census Bureau reports that one in five marriages in the U.S. today includes a spouse born outside the U.S. Of those marriages, about 60 percent of the foreign-born spouses have become naturalized citizens, leaving the remaining 40 percent as non-citizens. If you are married to a non-citizen, estate planning … [Read more...] about Can My Non-Citizen Spouse Inherit from My Estate?
Planning for Blended Families Many of our clients are blended, with children of the husband, children of the wife and/or children from both spouses. Estate planning for blended families can require special planning. You may consider your step children to be your own. But, if you haven’t adopted them, they have no inheritance rights. Below is a link to an excellent article from the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys about estate planning involving step children. Planning for … [Read more...] about Planning for Step-Children
Hello Dennis, My father in law appears to be getting dementia and his son needs to make decision. He lease an apartment and he wants his son to be able to make decision regarding rental, handling his bank accounts and medical issues. Will a Durable power of attorney be enough. Or does he need to be a Conservator? Thank you for your time. L. B. Dear L.B.: If your father-in-law has sufficient mental capacity at this time to execute a financial power of attorney, that would be an … [Read more...] about Ask Dennis
Most workers in the U.S. no longer count on employer-sponsored pensions to fund their retirement. Instead, many of them rely on self-funded retirement options such as Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), 401(k)s, and other tax-deferred retirement accounts. An IRA is a tax-advantaged retirement account that you own and control. Earnings generated can compound on a tax-deferred basis until withdrawal. In essence, an IRA is like having your own personal pension that you and/or your employer may … [Read more...] about What Happens to Your Retirement Account When You Die?
Creating a comprehensive estate plan is one of the most meaningful gifts you can give to both your loved ones and yourself over the course of your lifetime. Don’t make the mistake of stopping there though. Once that plan is in place, it needs to be reviewed and updated on a routine basis. It may also need to be updated when certain events call for a revision. For example, a Riverside estate planning lawyer explains the importance of updating your estate plan following a divorce. Routine Reviews … [Read more...] about Don’t Forget to Update Your Estate Plan after a Divorce
A well thought out estate plan can accomplish a variety of inter-connected goals. Along with ensuring that your estate assets are distributed according to your wishes after you are gone, your estate plan can also do things such as plan for the possibility of incapacity, provide for minor children in your absence, and protect assets from all kinds of potential threats. Given the unique nature of estate planning, no two estate plans will be exactly the same. Nevertheless, there are some common … [Read more...] about 5 Documents that Should Be in Every Estate Plan
For most people, one of the primary reasons to create an estate plan is to ensure that their estate is distributed according to their wishes after they are gone. Another reason is to reduce the likelihood of confusion and conflict after they are gone. If you have adult children, you undoubtedly want to do all you can to prevent disputes between them after you are gone. While there is no way to accomplish that goal with 100 percent certainty, the following tips will help prevent estate disputes … [Read more...] about Tips for Preventing Estate Disputes between Siblings
What are 529 plans? Can they be held in trusts? Read on to learn more about these plans and why to consider them. What Are 529 Plans and What Are Their Advantages? … [Read more...] about What Are 529 Plans and What Are Their Advantages?
Estate planning for U. S. citizens who own assets in foreign countries can be tricky. Sometimes it is even more difficult to properly plan for a Non - U. S. citizen with assets in the United States. Probably most difficult of all is estate planning for the resident alien. This blog post by the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys looks at the estate tax treatment of U.S. citizens, resident aliens and non-resident aliens. The article then looks at an example of someone who lived in the … [Read more...] about Planning for the International Client
Gun Trusts Provide Special Planning For Transfer of Rifles and Other Guns With all the recent talk about banning assault rifles such as the AR-15, a California Gun Trust may be more important than it ever has been before. Gun trusts are specifically used to hold weapons regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) and Title II of the Gun Control Act of 1968 (NFA or Title II firearms). Although gun trusts are designed to hold title to NFA forearms, they can be used to hold any type of … [Read more...] about California Gun Trusts May Be Needed Now More Than Ever