When Is Your Trust Taxable in California?

When Is Your Trust Taxable in California?

Generally, a trust is taxable in California if a fiduciary or beneficiary (other than a contingent beneficiary) is a resident of California under California Revenue and Taxation Code 17742.  This is true even if the original settlor was not a resident of California....
What is Probate and What Does It Entail?

What is Probate and What Does It Entail?

Probate is the process of transferring assets from a decedent to an heir.  For those who die in California with assets over $150,000 and without a trust, or perhaps with an improperly funded trust, the only way to transfer title from a decedent to a beneficiary...
California Irrevocable Trusts

California Irrevocable Trusts

Irrevocable trusts can help to provide long-term asset management.  Although irrevocable trusts are not suitable for everyone, they can be an important estate planning tool for some. While irrevocable trusts are by title inflexible, some states, including...
Top 3 Reasons You Need a Revocable Living Trust

Top 3 Reasons You Need a Revocable Living Trust

With the new tax law and some of the new estate tax provisions, many individuals may find themselves asking if they still need a revocable living trust. Avoid Probate One of the main reasons to have a trust as a part of your estate plan is to avoid probate.  In...
Estate Planning After the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Estate Planning After the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The new tax laws increased the estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) exemptions to $11.2 million in 2018.  The annual gift exclusion has been increased to $15,000 in 2018. It is still very important to plan even with the new tax laws.  The tax laws...

[Video] Estate Planning for the Blended Family

https://youtu.be/Vi_IUce_YUU It is very common for clients to come to me regarding their estate plans when they have blended family issues.  Blended families are not only the result of divorce.  Many individuals live longer now and may want to remarry if they outlive...
Is an Irrevocable Trust Really Irrevocable?

Is an Irrevocable Trust Really Irrevocable?

  While irrevocable trusts tend to make some grantors uneasy, as they associate an irrevocable trust with words such as irreversible, final, and unalterable, the truth is, it is possible in some instances to revoke an irrevocable trust. Cases to Support an...

[Video] Modifying an Irrevocable Trust

At the Mendes Weed, LLP we aim to provide answers to some of your more sought after questions. Our last video discussed how to modify a revocable living trust.  Today, I’m going to cover a few ways that you might be able to modify a trust that is irrevocable. ...

[Video] Revoking a California Will or Trust

In California, a will can be revoked by a new will that specifically revokes the old one, or by destroying the will by physical act.  A physical act can include burning, tearing, canceling, obliterating or destroying the will.  This must, however, be done by the...

[Video] When Should I Update My Estate Plan?

When Do You Need to Update Your Estate Plan? Any time you undergo a significant life event such as: Marriage First Marriage- In California, your spouse does not receive 100% of your estate under the laws of intestate succession; specify whom you want to receive your...

Estate Planning Tips: How to Modify an Irrevocable Trust

Trusts ensure a secure future for an individual’s family and loved ones. While trusts are geared toward building a secure future in the long term, sometimes laws change and a trust becomes less relevant to modern needs. In that case, trustees may need to modify the...