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A SHORT LIST FOR WHY TRUSTS ARE MORE ADVANTAGEOUS THAN A WILL

    1. A living trust brings all of your assets together under one single estate plan with ONE set of instructions. This arrangement makes your wishes easier to carry out. Trusts are designed to facilitate the distribution of your estate in that it will be...

WHY “DO IT YOURSELF/FILL IN THE BLANK” WILLS & TRUSTS OFTEN RESULT IN DISASTER

WHY “DO IT YOURSELF/FILL IN THE BLANK” WILLS & TRUSTS OFTEN RESULT IN DISASTER Retaining the services and expertise of an attorney who can assist you in preparing a smart estate plan requires a serious investment of time and money. The benefits (however) far...

SOME COMMON MISUNDERSTANDINGS REGARDING LIVING TRUSTS

SOME COMMON MISUNDERSTANDINGS REGARDING LIVING TRUSTS: 1.  “They cost too much.”  A properly written and legally enforceable living trust typically has a higher initial price tag than what a will does. But, when you take into consideration the privacy, legally...

FIREARM TRANSFERS AND MEDICAL/CASUAL MARIJUANA USE: SOME IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER

Federal law always overrides state law. This is certainly the case with respect to federal gun laws and drug use. Although California law allows marijuana to be used medicinally and recreationally (but not with its wholesale distribution and sale), the federal Bureau...

Colonel (CA) Martin Ledwitz Honored by the The California Air Force Association (CAFA)

California Air Force Association 2014 Annual Convention: Awards to California Air National and California State Military Reserve Personnel and Units The California Air Force Association (CAFA) held its annual convention from 14 to 16 August 2014 at Vandenberg Air...

Martin Ledwitz at the The Air & Waste Management Association’s 107th Annual Conference & Exhibition in Long Beach – June 24-27, 2014

From The  Air & Waste Management Association Website “Join the Air & Waste Management Association for our 107th Annual Conference & Exhibition on June 24-27, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. This is the...

So You Have Been Named Executor of An Estate – What Does It Mean?

An executor is a person named by a Will in charge of wrapping up the decedent’s estate and making sure that the wishes of the decedent are followed. Often, people name close friends or relatives as executors of their estate, reflecting on that person’s...

Estate Planning News – April 22nd, 2014 – IRA Inheritance

In this week’s Estate Planning News, our firm has highlighted the oft-overlooked area of Estate Planning and IRAs. We chose three articles that explain different IRA planning strategies, ideas, and perspectives on how IRAs can and should be used in an Estate...

Estate Planning News – April 14th, 2014

In this week’s inaugural edition of Estate Planning News, our firm has selected some helpful articles from around the web that cover problems commonly encountered by clients during the Estate Planning process: so our readers won’t make them! In an article...

“Why Do I Need an Estate Planning Attorney?” To Avoid a Do-it-Yourself Disaster!

Our firm frequently comes into contact with prospective clients who want to know why they should pay attorneys’ fees for an Estate Plan when they can produce “the same product,” for a fraction of the cost, by filling out a form online. Unfortunately, the pitfalls of...

Congresswoman Janice Hahn and Samuel B. Ledwitz at Assistance League San Pedro-South Bay

Congresswoman Janice Hahn and Attorney Samuel B. Ledwitz at the Assistance League of San Pedro. The only volunteer Post Office celebrated its 50 year anniversary. The profits go to helping the local kids get access to food, clothes, and dental work so they can go to school and have a comfortable day and learn without having to worry about the basics of life.

Unity of Life Foundation

Devona E. Chiles, the Senior Paralegal at our Firm, is the Founder of the Unity of Life Foundation. We support her tireless efforts as much as possible and would greatly appreciate your consideration in doing the same.   Her Website has information about her...

Estate Planning For Your Children – It’s Not Just About The Money

Most people near the age of majority do not have large estates (money or property) and many families assume that this means an estate plan is completely unnecessary. This is simply not true. A comprehensive estate plan does much more than protecting property from probate and directing the disposition of assets—estate plans also tell medical and financial institutions who is authorized to make decisions on your behalf. Without current, effective documents, these institutions may refuse to release medical information and will likely not allow family members to make healthcare decisions.

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Portability Explained Preserving Estate Tax Exemptions for Married Couples.
You’ve Been Named Successor Trustee – What Does That Mean?
FREE SEMINAR – SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE DUTIES – Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m 970 W. 190TH STREET, TORRANCE, CA 90502
Spotlight: Accident Law, The Most Important Thing You Can Do Before Your Accident By James L. Pocrass, Esq. Pocrass & De Los Reyes LLP
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU REVIEWED YOUR TRUST? WE OFFER FREE THREE YEAR REVIEWS!

Using an A-B Trust to Control your Assets

When there is a blended family with children from multiple marriages, special considerations should be placed into the estate plan.

Without proper planning, the surviving spouse could be left without the means to provide for him or herself. Additionally, we also see lopsided distributions, which typically result in one spouses children suing the others.

The Basics of Estate Taxes

Here is a quick breakdown of all the basic points people should be aware regarding Estate Taxes. What are Estate Taxes? Estate taxes are paid to the federal government for the transfer of property upon death. Federal estate taxes are based on the size of the estate?...

What does Stepped Up Basis mean?

The “Stepped up Basis” (new value) is a new basis which is available to property received through inheritance. The basis of a property is the value used to determine gain or loss for income tax purposes. Basically, it is the cost of the property (what you...

Probate Law Changes Starting in 2012

There are a couple of new Probate Law changes this year: The threshold for file a probate went up from $100,000 to $150,000 pursuant to California Probate Coded section 13000. This amount does not include bank accounts held in joint tenancy or accounts with...

What is Estate Planning?

Estate Planning is the area of the law which deals with putting property to the best possible use for your benefit during your lifetime, and for the benefit of your “beneficiaries” after your death. If the estate has been well planned, your asses should be...