For most people, the ability to decide how their estate assets are distributed after they are gone is a primary motivation for creating an estate plan. If that is one o your primary estate planning goals, you will need to decide exactly how you want the majority of your assets to be distributed – via a Last Will and Testament or a trust agreement. A Los Angeles estate planning attorney at Collins Law Group offers some factors to consider when deciding whether a Will or a trust should be used to … [Read more...] about Should I Use a Will or a Trust to Distribute My Estate?
For most people, a primary motivating factor for the creation of an estate plan is the ability to dictate who inherits from their estate. What happens though, if your biggest concern is not who does inherit from your estate, but who does not inherit from your estate? A renowned Los Angeles estate planning attorney at Collins Law Group explains how to disinherit an heir from your estate plan. Who Are My Heirs? If it is important to you to be the one to determine what happens to your assets … [Read more...] about Can I Disinherit an Heir to My Estate?
As we turn the page and bid farewell to 2018, we look forward to 2019. This article summarizes the major changes for 2019, both in the tax area and in other areas. Read on to learn more. Turning the Page on 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019 … [Read more...] about Turning the Page on 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019
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?
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
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
Like over half of all Americans, you may be aware of the importance of having an estate plan in place, yet you have still not gotten around to creating one. In fact, you haven’t even executed a Last Will and Testament yet. In today’s electronic age, it can be very tempting to rectify that by turning to a “Do-It-Yourself” Will form you find on the internet. After all, using a DIY form would save you money and time, right? The reality is that while a DIY Will form might appear to save you time and … [Read more...] about Los Angeles Estate Planning Lawyer Explains the Danger in a DIY Will
As both your assets and your family grow, your estate plan should grow with them. You will soon find that a simple Last Will and Testament is not sufficient to meet all of your estate planning needs and goals. One of the most common additions to an estate plan is a trust agreement. The type of trust you establish will depend on your goals and objectives. If you are married to a foreign national, or non-citizen, your estate planning attorney may suggest that you include a Qualified Domestic … [Read more...] about Inglewood Trust Attorney Explains a QDOT Trust
Ideally, when a Settlor (the creator) of a trust agreement appoints a Trustee, they discuss the appointment with the intended Trustee first. That doesn’t always happen though. A surprising number of people only find out that they are the Trustee of a trust after the death of the Settlor in the case of a testamentary trust. If you find yourself facing Los Angeles trust administration, and you have never acted as the Trustee of a trust before, you are probably wondering where to start. One of the … [Read more...] about Are You Facing Los Angeles Trust Administration?
A power of attorney is one of the most commonly used estate planning documents. Most people execute at least one power of attorney, or POA, at some point during their lifetime. In fact, a POA is such a commonly used legal document that most people do not stop to think about the power behind a POA. If you have been asked to sign a POA, or you are contemplating creating one, you need to first make sure you understand what you are signing. Understanding the power in a California power of attorney … [Read more...] about Understanding the Power in a California Power of Attorney