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Some California residents may benefit from a testamentary trust

There are many ways a person can pass wealth on to descendants. One of these is the trust, which comes in a wide variety of forms to suit a person's needs. Trusts can be particularly useful if a person has minor children or other young descendants who could benefit from receiving their inheritance once they become older and more financially mature.

Whitney Houston's death raises questions about her estate plan

The death of Whitney Houston this past week in a California hotel was an occasion to mourn the singer's untimely death, and to remember how her soaring mezzo-soprano voice brought joy to the lives of millions. But at the same time many people wondered how much money she had accumulated and who would be the beneficiary of all that wealth.

Over half of Americans don't have a will, estate planning

While we would all like to think we will live long enough to set up a will or complete some kind of estate planning, not everyone will make it that long. For those people in Sacramento who don't have their final wishes written down in a will, it is possible that all the individuals they hoped to give money or property to will spend time and money fighting about the estate in probate court.

Too young to create a trust? Think again

Sacramento's young professionals may not think they are old enough or rich enough for estate planning, but that mistake could lead to years of heartache and strain for their relatives should an accident happen. For those young people who have taken the initiative to speak with an estate planning lawyer, however, it is most likely they have only created a will. Instead of just making a will, there are other options, including trusts, that may make more sense.

Trust administration for California family winery ends up in court

Proper estate planning is very important for California families, as even when a trust is set up while an individual is still alive, legal matters can still arise. The heirs to a California winery are learning this after winding up in court over matters related to trust administration of the family winery. The family has settled the legal dispute, but there may be emotional scars left on the family for some time.The matter involves the Foppiano wine family from Healdsburg. The winery was family-founded and has been in operation since 1896. The 101-year-old father passed control of the winery to his son in 2005, and named both children as co-trustees in 2009.

Revocable trusts a good option for California blended families

Estate planning for a California blended family can be a challenging to try to create something that is fair to both spouses and their children. A revocable living trust is one means of accomplishing that goal. This type of revocable trust becomes irrevocable upon the death of one of the spouses. The trust can be altered or revoked during a lifetime, depending on the grantor. After death of one of the spouses, the property is transferred pursuant to the terms of the trust.

Estate plan for Apple's Steve Jobs still a mystery

According to public records, while on medical leave from Apple in 2009, co-founder Steve Jobs and his spouse are said to have placed at least three properties into trusts. One reason for doing this may have been their desire to keep their assets from being disclosed in the event of his death. Jobs died on October 5 from pancreatic cancer in California at the age of 56.

My Sacramento law practice, Michael A. Sawamura, Attorney at Law, focuses on wills, trusts and estate planning law in addition to business law and corporate defense services. My clients include professionals, government employees, small businesses, blue-collar workers and national corporations.

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