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Repeal of Federal Estate Tax?

Donald Trump is on record as favoring the repeal of the federal estate tax. With Republicans controlling the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government, will repeal actually happen? Democrats will filibuster such legislation in the Senate, and … Continue reading

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Misconceptions about Financial Powers of Attorney- Each of the following statements is false

1. Financial powers of attorney allow your agent to act when you want him or her to act, but they prevent your agent from acting when you don’t want him or her to act. 2. If your bank or broker … Continue reading

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New IRS Form 8971

On the later of March 31, 2016 or 30 days after the filing of an estate tax return (form 706), for 706s filed after July 31, 2015, the filer is also required to file form 8971 with the IRS and … Continue reading

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End of Life Option Act

On October 5, 2015, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 15 authorizing the following procedure: The patient must be at least 18 years old and has established that he or she is a California resident. He or she has submitted … Continue reading

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Finding The Correct Title Insurance Policy

I have sent clients of mine who have bought real estate individually and who have later transferred the real estate into a revocable trust a letter asking them to call their title insurance company to request a CLTA 107.9 endorsement … Continue reading

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Making Sure Your Title Insurance Policy Will Be In Force When You Need It

When real estate is purchased, the buyer typically also buys a title insurance policy. When the buyer later sells, if there is a problem with title to the property, the title insurance company is obligated to take care of it. … Continue reading

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Portability- The Best Kept Secre

Recently the IRS released statistics for federal estate tax returns (form 706s) filed in 2011, which was the first year of portability (the ability of the surviving spouse to add the deceased spouse’s estate tax exemption to the surviving spouse’s … Continue reading

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