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  • Estate Planning Opportunities May Be Lost in December The United States Treasury (IRS) just issued Proposed Regulations that could have a dramatic impact on your estate planning by eliminating valuation discounts.
  • Estate Planning for an Aging Population Today, a 65 year-old man will live an average of 21 more years. If not planned for, those additional years of life can cause significant financial strain and threaten our ability to maintain a high quality of life during retirement.
  • The NING Trust The NING Trust is a special type of trust established by a resident of a state with a high-income tax rate to reduce his or her state income taxes.
  • A Sacramento Estate Planner Shares Thoughts on Conflict Avoidance Jeff Galvin asks estate planning attorney John Goralka, of the Goralka Law Firm in Sacramento, to share his thoughts on working with clients to avoid disputes over their estate plans.
  • A Tale of Two Marriages and One Prenuptial Agreement Prenuptial agreements can make a world of difference for our clients in a divorce, particularly when it comes to high-net-worth clients such as celebrities. In a tale of two very different marriages, we'll highlight the difference and provide considerations to strengthen the agreement for your client and his or her partner, if their marriage fails.
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  • Why and How to Refuse an Inheritance "Disclaimer" is the legal term for a refusal of an inheritance, and it's defined as an irrevocable and unqualified refusal to accept an interest in property. Let's look at the circumstances in which a disclaimer can be beneficial: To avoid or reduce estate, gift and income taxes. Some states have...
  • How to Get Your Estate Plan Done While Under Coronavirus Quarantine If you are quarantined or under a lockdown and can't get to a notary, how can you get your will, trust, and other documents executed? Don't give up. There are ways to get it done without leaving home.
  • Estate Planning Tips for Those Under Coronavirus Quarantine The coronavirus quarantine began in the California counties of Sacramento, Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Ventura, issuing unprecedented orders for all residents to remain in their homes except for certain essential activities. Then Gov. Gavin Newsom expanded the order to all residents in the state. Many other states, including Illinois,...
  • The Coronavirus: a Unique Planning Opportunity The Corona Virus is causing major economic impacts as can be seen with the declining stock market. This adverse impact and the uncertain prospects for the future is a source of concern and worry for us all. However, the hopeful temporary reductions in value, low interest rates, and an $11,500,000...
  • Still Wondering Why You Need to Review an Estate Plan? An estate plan is the guide to how you want your personal and financial affairs to be handled, in the event of your incapacity or death. As life changes, your guide changes with it.