In today’s world, many people have digital assets worth hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. However, the biggest problem with digital assets is their accessibility. When you pass away or become incapacitated, your digital assets could be lost forever if your heirs are unable to access them or they do not know about their existence in the first place.
Estate planning is a way of taking responsibility for the financial well-being of yourself and your loved ones. Because life is unpredictable, it is important to attend to such matters as promptly as possible. At the Law Office of Rodney Gould, in Sherman Oaks, California, the founder and principal attorney has impeccable credentials and has been successfully practicing law for more than 30 years.
Many of us have no doubt seen ads on TV touting the benefits of reverse mortgages for seniors. A reverse mortgage taps into the equity in one’s home to provide either a lump sum, a monthly payment, or a line of credit—thus, you’re paid instead of having to pay the lender.
The death of a spouse is one of the most painful experiences in life. Not only is it emotionally taxing but can also create financial uncertainty. Many people assume that the surviving spouse automatically inherits everything.
When a person dies in California, the decedent's estate, assets, and surviving family members must pass through the probate process. During probate, the deceased person's assets are gathered and assessed, debts and taxes are paid, and the remaining assets are transferred to the rightful inheritors.
According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 30% of American households can expect to receive some sort of wealth transfer (inheritance) in their lifetime. Understandably, those who receive this inheritance will want to know how this new wealth will affect their lives, and central to this is being able to answer the question, “Is my inheritance taxable?” since taxes could reduce the total amount you receive.
Anyone who’s in a committed partnership knows how important it is to love and care for their partner, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. One way we do this for our loved ones is by establishing an estate plan to ensure they’re cared for even after we pass, but this can be more complicated for those in the LGBTQ community.
A pour-over will can be described as a legal document that ensures that all of a person's remaining property and assets are automatically transferred into a previously drafted revocable living trust upon their death.
Going through a divorce is an emotionally taxing experience. Often, individuals are so focused on the process of untangling all the details of their lives that they don’t consider updating their estate planning documents. However, it is important to understand how your divorce proceedings can affect your estate plan and why it is necessary to make changes accordingly.
When creating a trust for a child with drug abuse problems, it is important to consider the potential consequences of their addiction. While parents may have the best of intentions in providing an inheritance to their children when they pass away, it is possible that the money or assets could be at risk if the child has a substance abuse problem.