Tag Archives: Estate Tax

The Estate Tax Benefits of Living in California


There are some people in California who would grumble about the Federal estate tax, but all California residents should be thankful that the State of California phased out its State estate tax in 2005.  Unlike California, seventeen states and the … Continue reading

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What to Do With an Inheritance?


With the economy the way it is these days, most baby boomers are not expecting to receive a windfall.  But investigations at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College indicate that, as the parents of the sandwich generation pass … Continue reading

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DOMA and Estate Planning for Gay Couples


Last week, President Obama ordered the Department of Justice to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act, the Federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriages.  However, for the time being, same-sex married couples should not change their estate plans or … Continue reading

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Why Use a Living Trust?


A client recently asked me whether he could avoid paying estate taxes by putting all of his assets into his living trust.  The short answer to that question is, not really.  From the IRS’s perspective, the assets in your revocable … Continue reading

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