Estate Planning to Retain Your Proposition 13 Tax Base

Estate Planning to Retain Your Proposition 13 Tax Base The passage of Proposition 13 in 1978 established an initial base year, 1975-76, for assessed valuation for California real property that

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IRS Addresses Concerns About Increase in Basic Exclusion Amount

IRS Addresses Concerns About Increase in Basic Exclusion Amount The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law last year did not include the hoped-for repeal of the federal taxation

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Happy 18th Birthday! Time to Start Planning Your Estate

Happy 18th Birthday! Time to Start Planning Your Estate It’s probably safe to assume that most young adults are more concerned about pursuing their education or planning careers than they

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California Trust Decanting Law: Breathing New Life Into Irrevocable Trusts

California Trust Decanting Law: Breathing New Life Into Irrevocable Trusts Wine and California seem to be synonymous, so you might be familiar with decanting as a method of improving wine

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Estate Planning Mistakes of the Rich and Famous

Estate Planning Mistakes of the Rich and Famous One of the aspects of being a celebrity is the impression that you “have it all.” Unfortunately, while fame does usually bring

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Anthony Bourdain’s Death Exposes Important Legal Lesson

Anthony Bourdain’s Death Exposes Important Legal Lesson The recent shocking death of culinary star Anthony Bourdain is a tragedy on many levels. While the people who personally knew him best

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Background of Estate Tax Law

Background of Estate Tax Law The modern estate tax dates back to 1916 when it was imposed at a rate of 10% on the portion of estates above $50,000. Over

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