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Making Lemonade out of Lemons

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends, During the past few weeks, concerns over the coronavirus has spread into our consciousness, our communities, our families, and our clients. I want you to know that I am here for you to help in any way I can. Your health, well-being, and peace of mind are what matter most to me. While today’s environment is something none of us has ever lived through, my […]

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Combine the Benefits of Estate and Asset Protection Planning

Estate planning is the process by which a person can plan for the management of their affairs and the transfer of their assets in anticipation of death or if they should become incapacitated. With estate planning, you want to make sure that your estate passes to the next generation with the least amount of taxes and administrative inconvenience.  Asset protection planning protects an individual’s assets and gifts to beneficiaries from […]

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Will California Voters Bring Back the Inheritance Tax?

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% on the value of all owned by a California decedent in excess of $3.5M. Yes, 40%! A few details of the bill to be aware of This tax would include a lower threshold than the federal exemption, namely, $3.5 million for single individuals and $7 million […]

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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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Have You Heard? We’ve Expanded to Silicon Valley

We are pleased to announce the opening of our new Silicon Valley office.  Our comprehensive estate planning with asset protection legal services will now be available to successful business owners and technology entrepreneurs to protect their assets and lifestyle, using proven strategies for tax and asset protection planning. 333 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 220 Redwood City, CA 94064 949-333-8150 1201 Dove Street, Suite 400 Newport Beach, CA 92660 949-333-8150   […]

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California is #1: And That’s Not a Good Thing…

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends, Harold spent the better part of his life building a profitable business, but one bad day led to a lawsuit that wouldn’t quit, and suddenly his years of hard work evaporated with the loss of his business…and his retirement. To Harold, it’s no surprise that the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) declared California the #1 judicial hellhole in the United States for the 3rd […]

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Announcing New Video Release — The HYCET Trust® “Have Your Cake & Eat It Too”

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends, In 2011, in response to the new $5M gift tax exemption, we introduced The HYCET Trust®. This trust allows you to reclaim the gift if you later need or want it back. The popularity of this trust has been nothing short of remarkable because of its multipurposes — flexibility, asset protection, and estate tax savings. We have just released our new video on The HYCET […]

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Protecting the Prodigal Child from a Problem Marriage

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends, The doorbell rings around midnight. Heading to bed, James and Victoria worriedly check the peephole. Their grown son Brian and his much disliked girlfriend-of-the-month Elle wait outside. James opens the door asking, “Aren’t you supposed to be in Vegas for the weekend?” Elle thrusts her hand in their faces. “We were!” she screams, showing off a huge diamond ring. “You’re engaged?” asks Victoria, crestfallen. “No, […]

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Silicon Valley’s Dirty Little Secret

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends, Silicon Valley has been such a leader in technology for over two decades that it has sported a dizzying number of IPOs and huge stock option payoffs creating enormously wealthy entrepreneurs and its own class of marital problems when their marriages breakup. As a community property state, California divorce law generally holds that property obtained during a marriage is fair game, while separate property brought into marriage belongs to that […]

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See No Evil Hear No Evil Speak No Evil

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends, The weather was gorgeous, the food was delicious, and the conversation had been informative. While the topic was not anyone’s favorite to engage in, Rich and Alice had just updated their two children, ages 23 and 27, on recent changes they had made to their estate planning documents. While the four were waiting for dessert, Rich asked his children, Chris and Chelsea, if they had done any planning for themselves. Chris […]

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