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You may want a 2nd passport

Second Passport? Here’s Why You May Want One

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Clients, One’s wealth serves as a safety net for professionals and their families. However, the current geopolitical and economic landscape might mean that wealth alone without a larger plan may not be enough. When it comes to travel freedom, the passport that wealthy individuals hold can hamper their ability to respond to threats or new opportunities to access the global travel, business opportunities, and lifestyle options that they […]

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What you need to know about giving money to your grandchildren

If you are a grandparent, you know the joys only grandchildren can bring. Giving money to your grandchildren seems only natural, whether it is a crisp twenty in a birthday card or a crumpled five for ice cream. However, what about a living trust? Though deciding to secure your grandchildren’s future by leaving them your assets is a noble endeavor, you are certainly being very noble, but what you’ve set […]

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California Estate Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Proposal

California Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Proposal

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Clients, On March 25, 2019, the California Senate introduced Senate Bill No. 378 (SB-378). SB-378 proposes an estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax of 40%, an amount equal to the tax imposed at the federal level.[1] This tax would include a lower $3.5 million basic exclusion for individuals and $7 million for married couples (which shall not be adjusted for inflation.) Additionally, the taxpayer is allowed […]

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Financial planning advice for executive women

Financial planning advice for executive women

As America’s society is becoming more progressive concerning gender roles, more women than ever are climbing the corporate ladder. The latest influential and affluent demographic in the states, career women aren’t just making money, but they’re making a lot of it. According to the Boston Consulting Group, women’s wealth worldwide will increase 7% a year for a total of $72.1 trillion. At first, it seems that women have been succeeding […]

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How to Handle Frivolous Lawsuits

A frivolous lawsuit is one in that has no legal merit and, therefore, has no chance of actually succeeding.  A frivolous lawsuit is often filed with the intention of harassing, annoying, or disturbing the other party in question. In some cases, the lawsuit is filed to limit the collection and/or foreclosure proceedings on an outstanding debt as a possible strategy to settle the case for less. Litigious people will threaten […]

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Estate Planning In The Digital Age

Pulling out the old family photo album when company comes over was once common practice. However, the growth and prominence of social media is making this tradition a bit passé. Once reserved to large, unwieldy books and VHS players, pictures and videos that elicit fond memories are now a smart phone or laptop away. The Tangibility Of The Intangible The digital world we live in goes beyond storage of photos, […]

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The Do-Over Trust

1998: You’ve accumulated some sizable estate assets, and you and your lawyer create an irrevocable dynasty trust for your baby son to protect his legacy and provide him a long-term financial safety net. You are a thoughtful and loving parent… 2018: A lot has happened in 20 years. The business world has changed, and the path to independent adulthood lies obscured in your child’s generation’s new definition of success: do […]

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Estate Planning for Cryptocurrency Investors

Estate Planning for Cryptocurrency Holders Cryptocurrencies might be the way of the future. They could also require significant changes to your estate plan. Cryptocurrencies gained popularity in the past few years, especially with the rise of one of the most popular cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies are digital assets that do not require a centralized bank. Instead, they allow the transfer of funds electronically. Currently, one Bitcoin is equal to nearly $3,500 […]

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How Will the Recent Tax Changes Affect Your Estate Plan?

There have been a number of recent changes in tax reform that you will want to take into consideration this year. As part of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” signed by the Trump Administration in 2017, there will be new requirements for estate plans starting in 2019. However, for many high-income earners, these changes will likely be given a warm welcome. One of the biggest changes is the exemption […]

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Do You Need a Will if You Do Not Have Children?

While wills tend to be more natural for couples with children, in order to ensure their children will be taken care of when they die, they can be more important for childless individuals. Wills can help determine who your assets will go to when you pass away, and sometimes, more importantly, who they will not pass to. According to U.S. News & World Report, over 55 percent of people do […]

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