Estate Planning

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, Federal Estate Tax, Recent Projects, 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|Annual Estate Plan Updates, Past Newsletters, 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

October 2022 Letters of Personal Representative

DeAngelis Legal obtained Letters of Personal Representative for a trustee who identified an asset that was not transferred to the trust.  The deceased participated in his employer’s stock option plan.  Unfortunately, the plan failed to name a beneficiary and the employer would not transfer the asset without the Letters of Personal Representative.  DeAngelis Legal prepared [...]

By |2022-11-13T14:53:02-07:00November 15th, 2022|Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration, Homepage|Comments Off on October 2022 Letters of Personal Representative

September 2022 Simple Estate Plan

DeAngelis Legal represented a young Phoenix couple expecting their first child with their estate plan documents.  The couple represents the third generation in this family that DeAngelis Legal had represented after obtaining the necessary consents and waivers of potential conflicts from the other family members, .  The simple estate plan included simple wills, powers of [...]

By |2022-10-26T10:15:10-07:00October 15th, 2022|Recent Projects, Estate Planning, Protecting Family Wealth, Homepage|Comments Off on September 2022 Simple Estate Plan

September 2022 Trust Administration

Sometimes trust administrations are easy.  DeAngelis Legal represented the beneficiary of a trust created by the beneficiary’s parents.  Years of strained relations caused tension between family members, one of which was the trustee.  After obtaining the documents clarifying past transactions, accounting and distribution amounts, the beneficiary signed off on the trust and received his share [...]

By |2022-11-13T14:49:52-07:00October 15th, 2022|Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration, Protecting Family Wealth|Comments Off on September 2022 Trust Administration

July 2022 Cohabitation and Premarital Agreement

DeAngelis Legal prepared a comprehensive cohabitation and premarital agreement for a Scottsdale physician.  The agreement provided for terms upon which the couple would reside together and in the event they were married, modified the community property rules to achieve their intent.  Significant issues addressed included the disparate net worth and income of the couple, closely [...]

By |2022-08-15T16:58:27-07:00August 15th, 2022|Recent Projects, Estate Planning, Protecting Family Wealth|Comments Off on July 2022 Cohabitation and Premarital Agreement

July 2022 Trust Non-Judicial Settlement Agreement

DeAngelis Legal created another non-judicial settlement agreement modifying the terms of an irrevocable trust.  Decedent died before updating his estate plan, an all-too-common occurrence, leaving the beneficiaries of his trust to piece it together and work out the details themselves.  DeAngelis Legal prepared the settlement agreement, modifying the decedent’s trust to conform with his intentions [...]

By |2022-08-15T16:55:09-07:00August 15th, 2022|Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration|Comments Off on July 2022 Trust Non-Judicial Settlement Agreement

Trusts for Children

At its core, estate planning is setting the terms upon which assets are transitioned from a person, often a parent, to another such as a child. Without proper estate planning creating trusts for children, a parent’s assets become available to the child immediately if at the parent’s death: (a) the parent was not married to [...]

By |2022-07-29T11:26:55-07:00July 25th, 2022|Past Newsletters, Estate Planning, Protecting Family Wealth|Comments Off on Trusts for Children
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