My mother recently passed away and I am her sole beneficiary in a revocable trust (which is now an irrevocable trust on her passing). The trust contains two CDs and an annuity. When the trust was made, the lawyer that made it advised me to close these accounts and re-open them in accounts in my... Read more »
Father-in-law is Bill. His 1st wife is Mary. They had a trust that owned 20 rental homes. Beneficiaries were 3 kids. About a year after Mary died, Bill remarried. Ten yrs later, Bill and second wife Joyce created a trust. At that time, 10 rentals were put in a "B" trust (Mary's... Read more »
My home is considered separate because it was gifted, but if I sell this and buy a new home while still married, will the new home still be separate property or would it now be considered community property? I live in California.
I suggest you contact an attorney before you sell your house, or transfer the proceeds of a sale into a bank account. In general, separate property that is commingled with another person, such as money in a joint bank account, may not be considered as separate property after it is commingled,...Read more »
30 years ago we bought a house with my Father and mother in law. The verbal agreement was that they would provide the down payment and we would make the payments and pay for the utilities and take care of my mother in law when my father in law passed. The house is held as Joint tenants and my... Read more »
If there are no testamentary documents such as a will or trust, you will need to have an attorney file for probate in the appropriate court. The probate court will determine who will inherit the property.
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The lease states: “if the property is sold during the term of the lease the lease shall terminate and the lessee shall be entitled to the sum of $5000 per year for all years remaining on the lease as liquidated damages.”
If I buy the property before the lease is over does the trust owe... Read more »
It is not required in California to have a real estate attorney, but given that the seller already has a buyer, i.e. one co-owner is selling their share to the other co-owner, would it possibly be cheaper to have a real estate attorney draw up documents instead of a real estate agent?
Example: My friend's dad's car was solely owned in his name, and no beneficiary was designated in the title, but the friend is a beneficiary in his will. However for small estates the gross value has to be below $166,250, yet cars are excluded from determining the value for this kind of... Read more »
I should refinance both properties now because I can save money with the low interest rates on mortgages. One lender suggested that I consolidate the two loans and pay-off the loan on my future rental property. But I wonder if I will benefit more (because of the tax benefits) if I maintain the loan... Read more »
I suggest you build a good spreadsheet and analyze and compare individual scenarios as they arise.
Jonathan Purcell is a California Attorney. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended nor should be...Read more »
If you buy an asset for less than the fair market value, the seller should file a gift tax return. Unless your Mother dies with a combined estate and lifetime gift that exceeds approximately $11,000,000 (or the exemption amount in effect at the time of her death), there should be no estate tax...Read more »
Is it legal for me to collect the rent and is it legal for the trustee successor to take that rent away from me and put it in a trust account until it's in my name... I have been collecting rent for the past year the trustee successor is wanting to step in now and take over and hire a property... Read more »
You may gift up to the value of the annual exclusion, which is currently $15,000 per year, without the donor or recipient filing with the IRS. A married couple may donate twice this much to the recipient. If the recipient is married, and the donor is married the recipient may receive four times...Read more »
My father still has a small mortgage on the home. He already has a Will and Durable POA. He is interested in creating a mechanism such as a living trust by which his home and minivan can be transferred to me as his sole heir without the necessity of the property going through probate. His Will... Read more »
During life, most trusts are revocable, and there is no distinction between the revocable trust and the person, for tax purposes. After death, the trust becomes an irrevocable distinct entity, that will require a separate tax identity i.e. an EIN. The irrevocable...Read more »
The land was left to my mom and her other two siblings. The two other siblings are deceased now and my mom wants to put the land in her name now to write her will. what documents and paperwork does she need to get this process going? Also she has more land that she has that is in my brother's... Read more »
To begin with you will need to gather together the testamentary documents (wills, trusts, and property deeds), pertaining to your deceased Grandmother and Uncle, and hire an attorney to review the documents, organize the information, and write a report on the current ownership of the properties,...Read more »
Settlors created the trust in 1988 naming themselves trustees and then their two adult children, a son and a daughter. The primary trust asset is property in California. The two "children" are now in their 80's. The daughter lives out of state and has never participated in the... Read more »
If the 'children' are mentally competent to the extent that they would understand that they are granting a power under the trust, and the trustees also have enumerated powers under the trust that include the power to engage an agent, or attorney-in-fact, (power of attorney); you might...Read more »
I am a 50 year old woman living in California. I never married, have no kids and minimal assets (I own my car and have about $1000 in the bank). Both of my parents and my siblings all live in Pennsylvania. I'm starting the process of "getting my affairs in order" and think the first... Read more »
Joint tenancy is a form of ownership that involves two or more owners. Upon the death of the first co-owner, the remaining portion of the property is transferred to the surviving owner(s) by law. A bank account may be owned in joint tenancy*. A car may also be owned in joint tenancy. At death...Read more »
A trust has all cash plus a primary house. Trust calls for equal distribution among 4 co-beneficiaries (same 4 are also co-trustees). House will not be sold. Option 1: Single beneficiary "A" takes house, and only house, no cash, as her sole share. Option 2: All beneficiaries take equal... Read more »
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