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Personal Property – Things, UTs and TUTs

“I recommend you dispose of anything that does not fall into one of three categories: currently in use, needed for a limited period of time, or must be kept indefinitely.”― Marie Kondo, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”* Ms. Kondo offers great advice in the above book for discarding [...]

By |2019-01-21T15:35:38-07:00January 21st, 2019|Past Newsletters, Probate and Trust Administration, Estate Planning|Comments Off on Personal Property – Things, UTs and TUTs

January 2019 Estate Plannning Update

Estate Planning Update January, 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 [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:41:08-07:00January 19th, 2019|Annual Estate Plan Updates, Past Newsletters, Federal Estate Tax, Estate Planning|Comments Off on January 2019 Estate Plannning Update

Choice of Entity – Types and Uses of Legal Entities

Choice of Entity The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed in December of 2017 reduced the income tax rate on corporations and pass through entities.  The Act, coupled with an increase in business activity in Arizona, has created a lot of questions about the appropriate choice of entity, i.e., what is the best type of [...]

By |2018-10-23T14:01:36-07:00October 22nd, 2018|Real Estate, Past Newsletters, Entity Formation, Business Services, Protecting Family Wealth|Comments Off on Choice of Entity – Types and Uses of Legal Entities

Legal Implications of Community Property in Arizona

Legal Implications of Community Property While love may be in the air in the spring, October is the most popular month to get married.  With the excitement of the engagement and all the planning for the wedding, travel and gifts, few couples spend the time to reflect on how their financial rights and obligations will [...]

By |2018-10-23T13:59:39-07:00October 20th, 2018|Past Newsletters, Estate Planning, Protecting Family Wealth|Comments Off on Legal Implications of Community Property in Arizona

July 2018 Estate Plan Update

Estate Planning Update July, 2018 2018 Annual Gift Tax Exemption: increased to $15,000 (from $14,000) per donor, per donee. 2018 Gift and Estate Tax Exemption: $11,180,000 per donor through 2025, see below. Marital Deduction for Transfers to U.S. Spouse: unlimited. 2018 Generation Skipping Tax Exemption: $11,180,000 per donor through 2025, see below. Top rate for [...]

By |2018-08-11T16:23:59-07:00July 15th, 2018|Annual Estate Plan Updates, Past Newsletters|Comments Off on July 2018 Estate Plan Update

Types of Insurance Coverage

Types of Insurance There are may different types of insurance coverage  Life insurance is usually your primary defense and has the two-pronged effect of protecting your family’s assets from being depleted or lost and providing liquidity. This post lists the various types of insurance for you to consider and briefly introduces some of their [...]

By |2018-08-11T16:25:52-07:00April 25th, 2018|Past Newsletters, Estate Planning, Protecting Family Wealth|Comments Off on Types of Insurance Coverage

Legal Structure

 Legal Structure The proper titling of assets combined with entities and irrevocable trusts can significantly enhance the protection of your assets and your family’s wealth.  This does not mean that everyone needs a complex pre-packaged structure of entities and trusts.  In fact, we spend a significant amount of time unwinding these complex structures because [...]

By |2018-08-11T16:26:35-07:00April 15th, 2018|Past Newsletters, Estate Planning, Protecting Family Wealth|Comments Off on Legal Structure

Pearl’s Estate Planning Tips

Meet Pearl.  Pearl joined the office last fall and has quickly changed the culture.  In addition to having a keen eye for fashion, she entertains us with her simple outlook and excitabilty.  What gets her excited?  Here are few estate planning tips that get her really going: Sign your documents.  Every day Pearl watches clients [...]

By |2018-08-20T14:55:07-07:00January 15th, 2018|Past Newsletters, Probate and Trust Administration, Estate Planning|Comments Off on Pearl’s Estate Planning Tips

January 2018 Estate Plan Update

Estate Plan Update January, 2018 2018 Annual Gift Tax Exemption: increased to $15,000 (from $14,000) per donor, per donee. 2018 Gift and Estate Tax Exemption: $11,200,000 per donor for next 8 years, see below. Marital Deduction for Transfers to U.S. Spouse: unlimited. 2018 Generation Skipping Tax Exemption: $11,200,000 per donor, see below. Top rate for [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:20:51-07:00January 15th, 2018|Annual Estate Plan Updates, Past Newsletters, Federal Estate Tax|Comments Off on January 2018 Estate Plan Update