Dispelling Estate-Planning Myths

A recent survey revealed that only approximately four out of every 10 American adults have a will, which exemplifies our tendency to underestimate the importance of estate planning. When people talk about their hesitation to prepare an estate plan, a handful of typical concerns come up: they think they’re too young for an estate plan, Read More…

Pass It Down — Keeping The Tax Basis In The Family

A change in ownership in real property will, unless an exception applies, trigger a reassessment by the County Assessor’s Office.  The property taxes will be recalculated based upon the appraised (and most likely increased) value of the property.  There are exclusions to the rule, however, including the Parent-Child Transfer Exclusion.  You may qualify for this Read More…

New Bill Impacts Voting Rights For Persons Subject To Conservatorships In California

California recently amended its laws regarding the limitation of a person’s right to vote based on his or her mental incompetence and conservatorship status. Specifically, Senate Bill (SB) 589 amended several sections of the Elections Code and the Probate Code related to the voting rights of persons subject to a conservatorship (conservatees). Prior law required Read More…

Nevada Guardianship System: Ripe for Abuse?

In Nevada, guardianships generally begin when a concerned family member or social worker petitions Family Court to appoint a guardian for someone who cannot care for himself or herself because of age or mental or physical problems. In Clark County, the case goes to the Guardianship Commissioner, an appointed hearing master who oversees all such Read More…