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July 2023 Estate Plan and Marital Agreement

Gilbert estate planning and business client got married and required an update to her estate plan to include her new spouse.  DeAngelis Legal worked with the client on an appropriate division of her assets between her new spouse and her children from a previous marriage at death in accordance with her desires.  DeAngelis Legal prepared [...]

By |2024-01-18T19:51:54-07:00August 15th, 2023|Recent Projects, Estate Planning, Protecting Family Wealth|Comments Off on July 2023 Estate Plan and Marital Agreement

Residential Real Estate

Residential real estate continues to be a significant asset in most estates we plan.  It also continues to cause considerable issues with the estates and trusts we administer.  Whether caused by poor financial planning, poor estate planning or poor execution, the result is always the same – increased family discord, frustration and expense during administration [...]

By |2023-07-27T14:34:43-07:00July 22nd, 2023|Past Newsletters, Probate and Trust Administration, Estate Planning|Comments Off on Residential Real Estate

July 2023 Estate Planning Update

Estate Planning Update July 2023 2023 Annual Gift Tax Exclusion: increased to $17,000 per donor, per donee. 2023 Gift and Estate Tax Exemption: increased to $12,920,000 per donor through 2025, see #6, an increase of $860,000. Marital Deduction for Transfers to U.S. Spouse: remains unlimited. 2023 Generation Skipping Tax Exclusion: increased to $12,920,000 per donor [...]

By |2023-07-25T10:27:39-07:00July 22nd, 2023|Past Newsletters, Annual Estate Plan Updates, Recent Projects, Federal Estate Tax, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration|Comments Off on July 2023 Estate Planning Update

June 2023 Informal Probate

At the end of the administration of a trust, the title company required the trustee to open a probate and obtain letters of personal representative before closing. This is the second matter in as many months where DeAngelis Legal has had to deal with simple mistakes that caused significant delays and additional expenses in trust [...]

By |2023-07-27T14:37:07-07:00July 15th, 2023|Past Newsletters, Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration, Homepage|Comments Off on June 2023 Informal Probate

May 2023 Formal Probate

Trustee of a large estate identified a small investment account that was not transferred to the decedent’s revocable trust during his lifetime (mistake #1).  Unfortunately, while making a copy of his will prior to his death the decedent had mixed the pages of the original and the copy (mistake 2), so while we had the [...]

By |2023-07-09T12:16:42-07:00June 15th, 2023|Past Newsletters, Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration, Homepage|Comments Off on May 2023 Formal Probate

April 2023 Marital Agreement

A recently re-married Scottsdale client desired to define the financial relationship with their spouse. DeAngelis Legal met with the client identifying common issues and solutions and drafted a comprehensive agreement addressing issues such as the waiver of community property laws, the waiver of the obligation to provide support, restricting gifts and joint debts, and providing [...]

By |2023-07-09T12:15:44-07:00May 15th, 2023|Recent Projects, Estate Planning, Protecting Family Wealth|Comments Off on April 2023 Marital Agreement

March 2023 Life Insurance Trust  

During the review and update of a new high net-worth Scottsdale couple’s estate plan, DeAngelis Legal identified a potentially large estate tax obligation caused by life insurance owned by the couple.  DeAngelis Legal worked with the couple and their insurance advisor to identify and evaluate alternatives, which included an evaluation of how much life insurance [...]

By |2023-05-12T20:00:34-07:00April 15th, 2023|Past Newsletters, Recent Projects, Federal Estate Tax, Estate Planning, Succession Planning, Protecting Family Wealth, Homepage|Comments Off on March 2023 Life Insurance Trust  

January 2023 Trust Administration 

Winter deaths caused several trusts to become irrevocable and new trustees taking over.  DeAngelis Legal advised the new trustees regarding their new duties and responsibilities, drafted the initial paperwork to transfer control, published notice to creditors to shorten the claims period and obtained tax identification numbers for the new trusts. All estates have avoided probate [...]

By |2023-05-12T19:57:43-07:00February 15th, 2023|Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration, Protecting Family Wealth|Comments Off on January 2023 Trust Administration 

January 2023 Estate Planning Update

Estate Planning Update January 2023 2023 Annual Gift Tax Exclusion: increased to $17,000 per donor, per donee. 2023 Gift and Estate Tax Exemption: increased to $12,920,000 per donor through 2025, see #6, an increase of $860,000. Marital Deduction for Transfers to U.S. Spouse: remains unlimited. 2023 Generation Skipping Tax Exclusion: increased to $12,920,000 per donor [...]

By |2023-01-23T15:18:00-07:00January 20th, 2023|Past Newsletters, Annual Estate Plan Updates, Recent Projects, Estate Planning|Comments Off on January 2023 Estate Planning Update

December 2022 Trust Administration

DeAngelis Legal resolved trust administration disputes between a trustee and beneficiary.  Upon death, a parent set up a trust for a beneficiary naming the beneficiary’s older sibling as trustee. Over the years, the Trustee and beneficiary clashed over budgets, distributions, and reporting which adversely impacted their relationship.  DeAngelis Legal advised the trustee, coordinated delivery of [...]

By |2023-01-23T14:58:14-07:00January 15th, 2023|Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration, Homepage|Comments Off on December 2022 Trust Administration