My “Message in a Bottle” to My Daugher Nava Feisee

When I sat down to write this letter I did not expect to get emotional, but when I stared at the screen to think about what I would say I realized I will not always be here with you.  I love you so much it hurts me to think of not being here with you.  You are not even six months old and you have the whole world and rest of your life in front of you.   Below are some ideas and lessons that have helped your father.  Some of these lessons were taught to me by my parents, siblings, teachers...

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Time is Running Out for Maximizing the Effectiveness of Family Limited Partnerships in Your Estate Plan

Establishing a family limited partnership can be helpful in business succession planning, business continuity plans, and as a component of your estate plan. It is especially helpful if you own real estate, a family business, and concentrated positions of publicly traded stock. However, the IRS is starting to scrutinize these partnerships and has proposed a new regulation, specifically a revised versionof Section 2704 that could have a dramatic impact on your estate planning by eliminating valuation discounts. If you are looking to minimize your future estate tax this is critical and time is of the essence. Once the revised Section 2704...

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Another Celebrity Leaves Sizable Estate, But No Will

Actor Anton Yelchin, best known for his role as Chekov in the revamped Stark Trek movies, died tragically in an accident on June 19, 2016. Mr. Yelchin, left behind a sizable $1.4 million estate and no will. He follows other notable celebrities like Prince and Amy Winehouse who suddenly passed on leaving substantial estates, but no estate plan. Mr. Yelchin was only 27 years old, but he had at least $641,000 in personal property and had $731,000 in equity in his home, according to the Associated Press. His parents filed to become administrators of his estate in Los Angeles Superior Court. Our...

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Baby on Board, Part 2 – I Care…Therefore, I Plan

Many of us lead incredibly busy lives. Work, social events with friends and family, taking the kids from one place to another, trying to make a better life for my family, and so forth.  Who has time to think about estate planning? That is something far down on the list for most people because they just don’t have time for it and don’t want to think about it. I always wondered why people would not take the time to make sure they have a plan in place for their family, but now I get it. I found myself, an estate planning attorney, putting...

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The Benefits of a Docubank Card

Modern medicine requires the use of medical directives, but having instant and easy access to them is equally important. As clients of the InSight Law Maintenance Plan, Docubank provides a wonderful service to you at no additional charge. Docubank provides immediate access to your healthcare directives and emergency medical information anywhere at anytime. This can be useful in an emergency situation, or even if you are going in for a scheduled procedure. You should have received a Docubank card shortly after we delivered your estate planning documents to you. We suggest you place this card next to your insurance card...

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Baby on Board – Birth of New Child Spurs Estate Planning Attorney to Get His Estate in Order

My wife and I celebrated the birth of our first child in March 2016 and I thought it would be a good idea to discuss how I, an estate planning attorney, would start getting my estate in order.  I can tell you that having your first child is definitely a strong motivating factor to get your affairs in order. Many people in this situation are spurred by a fundamental question - who will take care of my child and my financial assets if something happens to me and/or my wife? However, that is not where I am starting. Rather, I want...

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Neglected Estate Planning By Prince Will Cost Loved Ones

World famous music star Prince reportedly died without leaving a will, trust, or any other estate planning documents for his friends and family. The consequence? His loved ones and business contacts will likely be fighting in court for years to settle an estate estimated to be worth between $150 million to $300 million, according to the Chicago Tribune. To complicate matters even further, Prince was not married and had no children. This means there is not a clear beneficiary who will inherit the bulk of his estate. Instead, Prince left behind six siblings. Here is an ABC News report on the estate...

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Essential Small Business Advice – Follow Formalities

Many small business owners think that if they set up an LLC or corporation, they are fully protected from individual liability. Not true. While setting up the company structure is a critical first step, it is imperative that you  perform certain formalities throughout the year to maintain your liability protections. Annual Meetings Corporations are required to hold an annual meeting every year and maintain a record book of the meeting minutes. While LLC’s are often not required to hold an Annual Meeting, we recommend that the members and managers of the LLC still hold a formal meeting on a yearly basis....

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