Category Archives: Trust Administration

Should a CPA be an Estate Trustee for a Client?

We recently encountered a situation in which a successful businessman, who had accumulated significant wealth during his career, felt he was a danger to himself, because he was an alcoholic and he had a couple of car crashes while driving … Continue reading

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Trust Administration: Gifts and Personal Possessions, Internal Family Litigation, Elder Abuse

Family dynamics can be difficult to manage in the best of times. When the assets of an inherited estate are at stake, they can be even more problematic, especially when a complex family structure that includes children from multiple marriages … Continue reading

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Whitney Houston Update; IRS Publishes “Fresh Start” for Struggling Taxpayers; California Residency

We are in the heart of tax season, so naturally we have recently been addressing many related issues. We wish we had time to discuss them all on our weekly radio and web broadcast on KDOW 1220 AM, and then … Continue reading

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Celebrity and High Net Worth Estates; Complex Family Structures; the Competency Issue

The recent passing of Whitney Houston and Davey Jones has put the topic of celebrity estates in the news. Frequently, celebrities quickly obtain considerable wealth as a result of their achievements and the adulation bestowed on them. Sometimes, a beneficiary … Continue reading

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Estate Planning for Special Assets: Family Business, Out of State Assets, Companion Animals, Trustee Duties

When we have previously discussed estate planning, we’ve primarily focused on situations that involve the basics of how to handle real estate or liquid assets like stocks and bonds, so your beneficiaries receive as much as possible of your estate … Continue reading

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Living Trust And Estate Tax Laws May Change. Will Your Estate Plan Still Be Appropriate?

We have recently written about living trusts, and their impact on estate taxes, but we feel the need to address this topic again, because of the uncertainly concerning the current federal estate tax laws, which expire at the end of … Continue reading

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Special Needs Trusts for Children and Elderly Require Careful Estate Planning and Long-Term Financial Considerations

As a part of our recent focus on trusts and estates, the topic of our most recent radio program on Saturday afternoon was Special Needs Trusts, which are becoming a much more frequent part of family estate plans. We covered … Continue reading

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