If you are a parent, your primary motivation for creating an estate plan is to ensure that your estate passes to your children when you are gone. Exactly how your estate assets are distributed, however, can be the source of much internal debate. One question you may wrestle with is whether you should split your estate equally among your children. Many parents feel obligated to create an equal split in their estate plan, despite having reservations about whether that is really the best idea. … [Read more...] about When Is Leaving an Equal Inheritance Not the Best Decision?
When a loved one passes away, the last thing most people want to think about is the practical and legal ramifications of their loved one’s death. If you find yourself in this situation though, and you find that you were appointed to be the Executor of the estate by the decedent, you must focus on the legalities as they apply to the decedent’s estate. Acting as the Executor may seem a daunting prospect if you have never before served in that capacity. To help get you started, the Los Angeles … [Read more...] about Top 5 Concerns for a First-Time Executor
Although it may be difficult to envision a future where you are incapacitated and unable to care for yourself and/or manage your affairs, doing so now ensures that you retain control over who will be chosen to make decisions for you and manage your affairs for you. If you fail to plan ahead for the possibility of your own incapacity, it may be left up to a court to make that decision. A Los Angeles probate attorney from Collins Law Firm explains how careful planning now could avoid … [Read more...] about Careful Planning Now Could Avoid Conservatorship Later
You have a number of different legal devices at your disposal when you are engaged in your estate planning efforts. Trusts can satisfy many different respective underlying objectives, and you should understand all of the facts so that you can protect your resources and provide for each person that you love in the ideal manner. A major distinction between classes of trusts is the power of revocation. There are some trusts that you can revoke, and there are also irrevocable trusts. Let's look at … [Read more...] about Free Report: Should I Use a Revocable or Irrevocable Trust
The Alzheimer's Association is a fantastic source of information about this horrible disease. According to their website, around 45 percent of people who are 85 years of age and older are suffering from the disease. Alzheimer's disease causes dementia, and people with dementia are typically going to become unable to make sound decisions on their own at some point in time. Topics covered in this report include: Impact of Aging Decision Making Click here to read the whole report or … [Read more...] about Free Report: Why Is Incapacity Planning Important
One of the most popular additions to a well thought out estate plan is a trust. One reason trusts are so popular is the multitude of estate planning goals that can be achieved with a trust. If you plan to include a trust in your estate plan, you will need to appoint a Trustee to oversee the administration of the trust. If you have never before created a trust, you may be a bit intimidated at the thought of having to choose a Trustee. The Los Angeles trust administration attorneys at Collins Law … [Read more...] about Questions to Ask When Choosing a Trustee
The motivation behind creating an estate plan typically comes from the desire to protect and provide for loved ones. While that motivation may initially be a result of the knowledge of your own immortality, death is not the only threat to the stability and safety of you and your loved ones. Your own incapacity could also be a threat. With that in mind, the Los Angeles living trust attorneys at Collins Law Firm urge you to reflect on whether you have an incapacity plan within your estate plan or … [Read more...] about Attorney Caprice L. Collins Asks: Do You Have an Incapacity Plan?
Presented by Attorney Caprice L. Collins Blended families require special planning. Sometimes, the children from the prior marriage bond with the new spouse and the family moves forward in a happy, newly modified form. However, frequently, the new marriage brings conflict between the new spouse and the children of the prior marriage. Such is the case with the Sagers. In 1980, sports reporter Craig Sager married Lisa Gabel. They had three children, Craig, Jr., Kacy, and Krista. But, over … [Read more...] about Sager Family Shows Perils of Blended Families
Planning for your retirement years requires you to do more than simply save money. You need to think about how to protect the money you manage to accumulate for your retirement years as well. One way you can do that is by contemplating the need for long-term care, and the cost of that care, in your estate plan. Specifically, you need to consider the impact that Medi-Cal’s “spend-down” requirement could have on your retirement nest egg or you could lose the entire nest egg. To help you, a Los … [Read more...] about Los Angeles Medi-Cal Attorney — How to Avoid “Spend-Down”
Although the primary focus of your estate plan may be how your assets will be passed down to loved ones at the end of your life, your estate plan should also help protect and grow those assets throughout your lifetime. In fact, asset protection should be an important component of your estate plan because failing to protect your assets could mean you have nothing left to pass down at the end of your life. To help you get started, consider the following Los Angeles asset protection strategies for … [Read more...] about Los Angeles Asset Protection Strategies for the Beginner