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Why are the holidays a good time to talk about estate planning?

If a loved one in California broaches the subject of discussing estate planning during a holiday get-together this year, it may seem counterintuitive to you. After all, the holidays are a time for fun and festivities, and a discussion about your final wishes seems like it might be depressing. 

Avoiding the federal estate tax

Santa Ana residents have to deal with the issue of taxes every year of their adult lives. Yet few realize that even one's death may not signal an end to their tax liabilities. The assets that one has accumulated in hopes of passing on to their beneficiaries may also be subject to tax. However, just as is the case with one's income taxes, there are tax mitigation methods that may help to reduce (or even eliminate) one's estate tax liability

What is a charitable trust?

If you are one of the many Californian for whom charitable giving is a way of life, you may wish to look into establishing one or more charitable trusts to benefit your church, your favorite charity, your alma mater, etc. The beauty of a charitable trust is that it likewise can benefit you as well.

Protect your disabled child with a special needs trust

As the California parent of a disabled or special needs child, you face unique estate planning considerations, and the decisions you make while making plans for the future can have a huge impact on your disabled child’s life after your passing. At the Law Offices of Roshni T. Desai, we recognize that you have many options at your disposal when crafting your estate plan, and we have helped numerous clients facing similar circumstances uncover solutions that meet their needs.

Revocable versus irrevocable trusts: What’s the difference?

Trusts generally form a major part of any California estate plan. You may be unaware that, as explained by U.S. News, these stand-alone legal entities and the assets in them are separate and apart from you and what you own personally. In addition, trusts contain legally enforceable provisions.

Avoiding common estate planning mistakes

Estate planning is an important part of an individual's long-term goals for both personal and professional assets. Financial and legal experts too often see common mistakes in handling a person's or couple's affairs, leading to complicated probate and potentially litigious battles.

What is a holographic will, and is it valid in CA?

You know that you need to address your estate planning, but you’re a busy person. You might feel like you don’t have time to talk to a professional about writing your will. Can you write your own will, and will the court honor it after you pass away? You and other Californians should understand the potential complications that could arise if you write your own will.

How do I choose the executor of my will?

Estate planning is vital if you wish to safeguard your interests while you are alive and protect the inheritance you wish to leave to your loved ones. Therefore, you know that it is important to wisely choose an executor or trustee – the person you designate to carry out your wishes with your will or trust. Since this is such an important decision, you and other Californians might benefit by knowing how to choose the best person for the job.

Can I revoke my power of attorney?

As we have discussed in previous posts on this blog, you have numerous options when it comes to designating a power of attorney. Like many other Californians, you may want a power of attorney to protect your financial, physical and medical rights if you are incapacitated. However, what if you later change your mind? Can you revoke your power of attorney?

What is a springing power of attorney?

As we have described in previous posts, you have several options to raise the chances you will be taken care of if you become incapacitated. Designating a power of attorney can be one of the most effective ways for incapacitated Californians to utilize their own resources and have their wishes honored, while also protecting their assets and their loved ones’ inheritances.