Repealing the Estate Tax

MP900411753The estate tax is always controversial. Some people believe strongly in it while others see it as unfair. A new bill in Congress seeks to repeal it completely.

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Martin Luther King’s Bible

 6a01b8d0a6271d970c01b8d16f310b970c-500piPersonal effects that ordinarily might be worth very little, can be extremely valuable if they have historical significance or were owned by a famous person. Estate battles over such items are not unusual as is the case with some of Martin Luther King’s personal items. (more…)

Estate Tax in China

Over 100 nations currently have an estate or inheritance tax of some form. China is not one of them, but that might change soon as the government is considering a decade old proposal that would institute an inheritance tax. (more…)

San Diego Attorney Ordered to Repay Trust

When someone radically changes her estate plan to favor someone else who was not mentioned in the original plan, charges of undue influence are common. However, proving undue influence can be difficult, which makes a recent case in San Diego interesting. Giving-to-charity2
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Should Your Power of Attorney Spring?

 6a01b8d0a6271d970c01b8d15a34b5970c-500piOne of the more important decisions when drafting a power of attorney is when the document should become effective. It can be effective immediately or it can be made to be effective only when the principal becomes disabled. The latter is known as “springing.” (more…)

Taking your dog with you

6a01b8d0a6271d970c01b7c7c5bea6970b-500piFor many people, dogs are more than just best friends. They are a valued member of the family. However, pets, unlike other family members, are legally property. This raises the question whether you can direct that your pets be put to sleep after you pass away. (more…)