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How to Pick the Right Executor or Trustee

Choosing an executor and trustee can be a difficult decision to make. According to some financial planners, “Your estate plan is only as good as your executor or trustee.” The person you select will be responsible for managing the trust for your beneficiaries and ensuring that your wishes are executed. To avoid mismanagement of your estate plan, consider these five qualities when choosing an executor or trustee: 1. Business or […]

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The California Independent Contractor May Have Just Gone the Way of the Dinosaur

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Clients, No good deed goes unpunished! Unemployment is at the lowest rate in decades. Many Californians work from home or have part time assignments where they are hired by businesses to work on a project by project basis as an outside contractor. Service businesses, such as the legal and accounting industries have especially embraced this new work medium in a significant way along with high tech […]

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APG: Cook Islands Anti-laundering Program is Among the Best

As you plan for the highest degree of asset protection, you may be considering working with a range of international financial service providers. However, there may be many risks as some countries are targeted as tax havens or centers of money laundering. One area that is emerging in the forefront of financial security in this era: the Cook Islands. A report from the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (the […]

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Continuing Care for Your Pet After You Pass Away

When determining your estate plan, it is important to remember all members of your family. While you might have already set up distribution methods for your beneficiaries, it is important to leave a portion of your assets aside for the continuing care of an important family member: your pet. Pets have been considered in high-asset estate plans for many years. Billionaire and hotel heiress, Leona Helmsley, made pet trusts famous […]

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Deciding How and When Inheritance Will be Distributed to Beneficiaries

In many estate plans, the total amount of inheritance will be collected by beneficiaries upon the trustor’s death. In high-asset estate plans, however, this is not always wise. Here are three types of alternatives to consider regarding distribution methods for your estate plan. Age This is one of the most common types of alternate distribution methods used in estate planning. Instead of a beneficiary inheriting assets all at once, inheritance […]

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Are Irrevocable Trusts Effective For Asset Protection?

Possessing significant assets often means thinking out of the box when it comes to protecting them. Like some, you may have considered executing an irrevocable living trust as a means of asset protection. However, irrevocable trusts do not make sense for everyone. Estate planning is unique for every individual and knowing your options for asset protection prior to moving forward is key. The Benefits Of Irrevocable Trusts Arguably the number […]

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Are The Trustee’s Fees Reasonable? Here Is How To Tell

If you currently serve as a trustee, you know how time-consuming the administration process can be. You must maintain strict documentation regarding trust transactions and, in some cases, appear as the estate’s representative in court. However, if you are the beneficiary of an estate, you may be questioning your own trustee’s fees. After all, we have often heard of cases where trustees charge exorbitant fees and abuse their power. By […]

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Protect Your Business and Prepare a Digital Assets Plan

Every business relies on digital accounts in daily operations in one way or another. As the owner of a company, you depend on a bank, bill payment, and other online financial accounts. But what happens if you become incapacitated or pass away? Suddenly, the business that you have worked to build over the years is thrown into a place of limbo in your absence. Your company ceases operations as they […]

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Right Time, Right Information: When Should Parents Talk to their Children about Family Wealth?

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Clients: Have you wondered when you should discuss your family wealth with your children? Does the idea of such a discussion feel like a dark cloud hanging over you? Luckily enough, it doesn’t have to! Take a look at our brochure and find out when breaking down the details will be most effective: Beneficiary Brochure

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Preparing For An Initial Consultation

Our firm is unique in the services we offer. We often deal with a substantial amount of assets and every individual and family has different estate planning and asset protection goals. If you anticipate attending a consultation with any attorney and you have significant assets, you may need to prepare for an initial consultation a little differently than other clients. Here are some tips to stay proactive from the onset. […]

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