Many of us find that a good portion of mail includes appeals from charities for financial help—whether it be to find a cure for a serious illness, help people who just need a hot meal, or to support our service men and women. All of these causes are important, but it can sometimes be difficult to determine legitimate charitable organizations from scams. Learn more about some common scams that you can easily avoid.
When you create a living trust, you appoint a successor trustee to be in charge and manage the trust in the event you are unable to do so either because of incapacity or death. Your trustee is bound to administer the trust by a fiduciary duty. Generally, this means that the trustee must act in each trust beneficiary’s best interest. Find out how this happens.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is clear that People aged 65 years or older are more prone to heat-related health problems. This is often due to medical conditions and prescription medications that can impact how your body responds to heat. To avoid heat-related health problems check out these simple tips.
Communities around the world to need a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older people. We are raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. Please use the following information to educate yourself about the signs of elder abuse and neglect.
Many people assume that if you have been a couple for a long time in California, that you eventually become legally married under common law. California does NOT recognize common law marriage regardless of how long you have been together, and/or if you declare to others that you are married. Under California law, unless a couple is legally married or has a legal domestic partnership, the surviving life partner may not be provided for by the estate. Learn how to avoid this!
Stepping into the role of trustee can be emotional and stressful and disagreements may happen. The trust must dictate how the co-trustees need to proceed when they disagree. This could be by unanimous decision, majority rules, and in worse case scenario, a court must break a tie. Co-trustees is a risk that can lead to hurt feelings and family strife. Learn some tips on how to avoid this.
There are generally three types of fee structures: Flat Rate, Fee-for Service (may be called “point” system), and/or a hybrid, sometimes referred to as Levels of Care. Some places are creative in how they assess care charges but these three buckets will give you a general idea of what you are most likely to encounter in an Assisted Living environment.
Federal estate taxes have been significantly decreased, effective as of Jan. 1, 2018. For single individuals, if you die in 2018, there is no estate tax imposed unless you own more than approximately $11.2 million. For married couples, the estate tax exemption is now over $22.4 million per couple. This exempt amount will continue to increase until Jan. 1, 2026, when the law automatically sunsets and the exemption returns to approximately $5 million per person. Learn more about the New Tax Fix AB Split.
It is incredibly important to recognize that you have emotional and physical needs, and to take preventative steps so that you do not compromise your personal well-being. If you do not fill your own cup, who will? If you are in need of some suggestions for caregiving resources in your area, please contact our office at (408) 286-2122. We are always here to help in any capacity we can, either as attorneys or as a resource.
You should feel really proud of yourself if you have done your estate plan. You made it easier for your family to care for you if you become incapacitated, and you have avoided the probate process at your death by creating a living trust. Did you finish your estate planning homework? Did you actually fund your trust?