Trust Administration Administrating a trust post-death should be as easy as your successor trustee accepting the responsibility for the trust, taking control of the assets, satisfying creditors and following the trust’s distribution provisions. Unfortunately, we are seeing longer administration times, most of which could have been greatly reduced with minimal upfront planning. Recent examples we [...]
Estate Planning Update January, 2020 2020 Annual Gift Tax Exclusion: remains at $15,000 per donor, per donee. 2020 Gift and Estate Tax Exclusion: increased to $11,580,000 per donor through 2025, see #8. Marital Deduction for Transfers to U.S. Spouse: unlimited. 2020 Generation Skipping Tax Exclusion: increased to $11,580,000 per donor through 2025, see #8. [...]
Assisted personal representative with the administration of an estate and trust. For the past couple of years DeAngelis Legal assisted the personal representative and trustee gather control over the decedent's assets, liquidate them and this December deliver the final checks to several charitable organizations. The administration was complicated by the failure of the decedent to [...]
SECURE Act Impact on Trusts While we were focused on the impeachment hearings, Congress and the President were busy passing the SECURE Act. The Act was signed into law on December 20, 2019 and is effective January 1, 2020. In addition to funding federal agencies through September, the SECURE Act impacts trusts by reducing the [...]
Legally Changing Your Name in Arizona Tired of being referred to by your given name and not the name you have used for the last 50 years? Frustrated with being pulled out of the TSA line at the airport because your name doesn’t match your ticket? Just want to shorten your legal name (i.e., from [...]
DeAngelis Legal represented the personal representative with a simple probate of a will. Sister died and left a will naming her brother as personal representative and waived bond. DeAngelis Legal prepared, filed and obtained approval of the informal probate of a will application with the Maricopa County Probate Court. Upon the Letters of Personal Representative [...]
Represented Scottsdale individual with respect to the termination of an irrevocable trust. DeAngelis Legal reviewed the options with the client, prepared a non-judicial settlement agreement to surrender a life insurance policy that was no longer necessary and terminate an irrevocable trust.
Represented Scottsdale attorneys with their core estate planning documents. DeAngelis Legal assisted the couple with the preparation of an estate plan which named guardians for their minor children, created trusts which deferred the children’s control over the assets and integrated other aspects of the couple’s assets such as retirement accounts, real estate and closely held [...]
Estate Planning Update July, 2019 2019 Annual Gift Tax Exclusion: remains at $15,000 per donor, per donee. 2019 Gift and Estate Tax Exclusion: $11,400,000 per donor through 2025, see #6 below. Marital Deduction for Transfers to U.S. Spouse: unlimited. 2019 Generation Skipping Tax Exclusion: $11,400,000 per donor through 2025, see #6 below. Top rate for [...]
Husband and wife recently relocated to Fountain Hills, Arizona. DeAngelis Legal reviewed their current estate plan documents, provided comments and suggestions and prepared the documents necessary to overhaul their plan to better achieve their objectives. DeAngelis Legal also provided the couple with alternative gifting strategies.