Just recently President Donald Trump announced that his administration intends to impose sweeping changes to the tax structure of the federal government. One of those changes would involve ending the estate tax, which many readers of this California estate planning blog may know as the "death tax." Most individuals have an unfavorable view of this tax due to its potential to double-tax assets and income that likely were already subject to taxation at earlier points in time.
A living trust is a trust that a person creates while they are still alive. Unlike other trusts that are created at the time when the estate planner passes on, a living trust is one that is created by the estate planner and then is usually managed by that individual until the time that they pass away. Revocable living trusts are excellent estate planning tools for some Californians, because they allow individuals to maintain control over their assets, avoid probate and ensure that their end-of-life wishes are respected.
Several posts on this California estate planning blog have discussed the requirements that individuals must meet in order to prepare a legally enforceable will. One of those requirements is that the creator of the will was of sound mind when the document was executed. There are several ways in which a person may be determined to not be of sound mind and this post will address those situations. As with all of the posts offered herein, the information provided in the remainder of this article should not be construed as legal advice.
Readers of this California estate planning legal blog have probably heard that Hugh Hefner, founder of the Playboy Magazine empire, passed away at the age of 91. At the time of his death, Hefner was survived by his third wife and four children from previous relationships.