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More heirs wait as wills dole out money slowly

(Reuters) - When Juliann Reynolds' husband died of cancer in 1992, she had to decide how to plan her own estate. The now-retired speech therapist from Rancho Cucamonga, California, knew she had to safeguard the future of her young daughter, Maren. Still, the possibility that her daughter might receive a large chunk of money when [...]

By |June 26th, 2014|All Categories, Estate Planning|Comments Off on More heirs wait as wills dole out money slowly

$59 trillion to go to heirs, charity by 2061

The greatest wealth transfer in history is underway, according to a new report. A study from the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy projects that $59 trillion is expected to be passed down to heirs, charities and taxes between 2007 and 2061. The study said heirs will receive $36 trillion over that period, while [...]

By |May 28th, 2014|All Categories, Estate Planning|Comments Off on $59 trillion to go to heirs, charity by 2061

Oscar Winners Teach Five Lessons On Estate Planning

Thanks to Danielle and Andrew at Trial and Heirs & Probate Lawyer Blog for this great article! The 2014 Oscars are complete.  Trial & Heirs looks back at past Oscar winners like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Taylor, Heath Ledger, Frank Sinatra, and Marlon Brando.  Their estates illustrate important estate planning lessons that everyone can benefit [...]

By |April 16th, 2014|All Categories, Estate Planning, Rich & Famous|Comments Off on Oscar Winners Teach Five Lessons On Estate Planning

Florida Estate Dispute Caused by ‘E-Z Legal Form’ is a ‘Cautionary Tale,’ says Justice

Ann Aldrich used an “E-Z Legal Form” when she made out her will in 2004, a decision that proved to be a good choice for two nieces who cited the document’s lack of a residuary clause. In a decision issued last week, the Florida Supreme Court ruled for the nieces, though they weren’t mentioned in [...]

By |April 8th, 2014|All Categories, Estate Planning, Litigation, Probate|Comments Off on Florida Estate Dispute Caused by ‘E-Z Legal Form’ is a ‘Cautionary Tale,’ says Justice

When Is The Best Time To Plan Your Estate?

Many people only starting thinking about estate planning once they reach retirement age. After all, the "normal" progression of life is to get out of school, get a job, get married, have kids, get your kids through college, retire, become grandparents, enjoy life…and then, after a long and fulfilling life, we know that we will [...]

By |March 24th, 2014|All Categories, Estate Planning, FAQ|Comments Off on When Is The Best Time To Plan Your Estate?

Five Estate Planning Lessons From The Paul Walker Estate

Thanks to Danielle and Andrew at Trial and Heirs & Probate Lawyer Blog for this great article! Paul William Walker IV was the star of the Fast & Furious movies, until his unfortunate -- and ironic -- death in a high-speed car accident on November 30, 2013.  The car, in which Walker was a passenger, [...]

By |March 3rd, 2014|All Categories, Estate Planning, Rich & Famous|Comments Off on Five Estate Planning Lessons From The Paul Walker Estate

Top Tips for 2014

Now that the holidays have wound down and life is returning to normal, it's time to get down to the business of those New Year's resolutions.  Most years it's the same: have a better diet, exercise more, save more money and finally do your estate and financial planning.  Getting your estate and financial plan in [...]

By |February 3rd, 2014|All Categories, Estate Planning|Comments Off on Top Tips for 2014

When Do I Need to Update My Estate Plan?

If you already have an estate plan, congratulations!  You have taken a big step to protecting yourself and your family.  However, many people make the unfortunate mistake of putting their estate plan in a drawer and forgetting about it.  It is important to remember that an estate plan involves the most important things in your [...]

By |January 24th, 2014|Estate Planning, FAQ|Comments Off on When Do I Need to Update My Estate Plan?

US and Israel Pressure Germany to Hand Over €1bn Nazi Art Loot to Jewish Heirs

American and Israeli officials have turned up the pressure on German authorities, to hand over a billion euros worth of art to Jewish heirs, after valuable pieces were seized by the Nazis during World War II. Government authorities from the US and Israel have started to lobby Germany to speed up its policy on art [...]

By |January 6th, 2014|All Categories, Probate, Property|Comments Off on US and Israel Pressure Germany to Hand Over €1bn Nazi Art Loot to Jewish Heirs

Qualified Domestic Trusts – When a Spouse Isn’t a U.S. Citizen

Estate planning can become a bit tricky if your spouse is not a U.S. citizen.  Why?  For estate tax purposes, U.S. citizens have a huge tax advantage over non-citizens. Your estate will have to pay federal estate taxes when you die if the net value (assets minus debts) is more than the exempt amount at [...]

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