Do You Really Trust Your Successor Trustee?In your estate planning who you pick as the successor trustee of your family trust is an important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.A trustee is the manager of the instructions, contained in a family trust. During your lifetime, the grantor (person creating the trust) usually will be the … [Read more...] about Do You Really Trust Your Successor Trustee? | AZ Estate Planning Attorney
The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017: How Does it Affect Your Estate Planning?Late last year, Congress finally passed the much anticipated tax reform bill, the “2017 Tax Act,” which provides many significant changes to income tax laws, but also to estate planning and gift taxes.As with any new tax law, we strongly recommend each person or family … [Read more...] about How Does the Tax Cut Affect Your Estate Plan? | Estate Planning Attorney
Life Insurance Policy Ownership Pitfalls: What Should I be Aware of?Life insurance can play an important role in an estate plan. Insurance may provide income replacement to a surviving spouse or liquidity to an estate where the majority of the estate’s value is tied up in a family business or real property. Insurance can provide the funds that … [Read more...] about Life Insurance Pitfalls | Estate Planning Attorney Ken Barney
What Does a Trump Presidential Victory Mean to My Estate Plan and Estate Taxes?Regardless whether you lean towards the political left or right, the results of the 2016 Presidential and Congressional elections will result in changes to our current estate and gift tax laws.Since 2013, when the last major estate and gift tax laws were enacted, … [Read more...] about Estate Plan Taxes | Estate Planning Attorney
As an estate planning attorney in Arizona I am always asked if after you have signed your revocable living trust, what if anything should you do about your vehicles or other assets titled through Arizona’s Motor Vehicle Division?First of all, let me remind you, if you have a revocable living trust, the “funding” of your trust (which means … [Read more...] about Estate Planning Attorney | Should I Transfer My Vehicles to my Trust?
One of the main questions clients will ask is, “How I can avoid probate when I pass away?” This common question stems from a long history of “probate” being associated as an evil word or a long and expensive legal process, which is to be avoided at all costs.It is true that probate is court driven, public, can be time consuming and expensive, … [Read more...] about How Can I Avoid Probate | Arizona Probate Attorney
[image src="https://www.azlegal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/08/kcb-wills-video-300x167.jpg" link="true" href="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Qu7C41D9D_M?rel=0&version=3&autoplay=1&controls=2&&showinfo=0&loop=1" lightbox_video="true"][lightbox] Arizona Estate Planning Attorney, Kenneth has a video about Last Wills … [Read more...] about Video: Last Wills & Testaments
(Comments Regarding President Obama’s 2015 Tax Proposals)On January 17, 2015, the White House released its fact sheet entitled, “A Simpler, Fairer Tax Code that Responsibly Invests in Middle Class Families.” This fact sheet was released as a precursor to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address and his 2015 Tax Proposals.The White … [Read more...] about Will Congress Close the Trust Fund Loophole? #EstatePlanningAttorney