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The death of a legend raises questions about estate plans

Estate planning is rarely considered a pleasant topic. No one wants to think about what to do with their properties and assets after their death. But it can be a reassuring experience from at least one perspective. Solid estate plans offer a payoff to relatives, friends and charitable organizations that we decide to reward. When there is no or little planning, the results can be confusing and unpredictable.

WHY MIGHT I WANT TO HOLD AN ESTATE SALE?

As any California resident can tell you, it is never easy to deal with the emotional and legal aftermath of a loved one's death. You may gain an inheritance after your parents pass on, which first goes through the probate process. You may be glad to receive cherished heirlooms that belonged to your parents and grandparents, as well as clothing, jewelry, vehicles and other possessions. These items may hold happy memories for you, regardless of their financial value. However, you might not want everything that has been passed down to you from your parents, but it could seem disrespectful simply to give or throw these things away.

2 effective methods of reducing estate tax

For most people across California, one of their main objectives when working on their estate plans involves figuring out how to leave as much of the wealth they have amassed behind for their loved ones as possible. At the Law Office of Stephen W. Penn and Associates, we understand that there are several different steps you can take to accomplish this, one of which involves reducing the amount of tax assessed against your estate after your passing.

What is a generation-skipping trust?

As a reasonably well-to-do Californian, you likely want to pass your estate down through your family in the most advantageous ways possible. If you have not yet considered one or more generation-skipping trusts as vehicles by which to do this, you may wish to educate yourself on the advantages this type of trust offers.

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