Generally speaking, inheritance is not subject to tax in California. If you are a beneficiary, you will not have to pay tax on your inheritance. There are a few exceptions, such as the Federal estate tax. However, an estate must exceed $11.58 million dollars per person in 2020 to be subject to estate tax in

I have heard it a million times before: “I don’t need a Trust because ____________” you fill in the blank: I don’t have enough money, I won’t care when I’m dead, California probate is easy, my wife and I own everything in joint tenancy…there’s many, many excuses and misinformation regarding Trusts in California.

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In California

Death may be certain, but estate taxes are not.  At least not at the end of 2012 when the current Estate Tax exclusion of $5.12 million is set to expire and be automatically reset to $1 million.  With proper planning, married couples can combine their exclusions for a total amount in 2012 of $10.24 million.

Shaun Maritn, in his blog entitled California Appellate Report (which I read regularly and enjoy), posts a recent Ninth Circuit Appellate Court decision penned by District Judge Timothy M. Burgess, sitting by designation with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The case, entitled Baccei vs. United States, revolves around a request for extension

How does the estate tax affect you? Likely, it does not affect a majority of us in the last few days of 2010. But it may begin to impact more of us, beginning January 1, 2011, if Congress does not pass the current tax-cut extension package recently negotiated by President Obama and the Republicans.

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