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Stephen Cockriel

The ways that a trust may end

Some people in California may wonder what a trust is and what happens when it ends. A trust is one way that a person can arrange for assets to be managed even if they are not around to do so.

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Stephen Cockriel

Prince's lack of estate planning will cost heirs

Many California residents were shocked and saddened when Prince passed away in April 2016. The iconic performer was only 57 years of age when he died of an accidental drug overdose, and, like many younger people, he failed to put an estate plan into place or even write a last will and testament.

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Stephen Cockriel

Estate planning with an AB trust

Married couples in California with substantial assets may want to consider the benefits of setting up an AB trust. While AB trusts are not for everyone, they can significantly lower the tax burden on some estates.

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Stephen Cockriel

California estate planning and probate basics

When people die, their property is transferred to their heirs and beneficiaries in a process called probate. Probate can be contested by heirs who disagree with the nature of their inheritances or believe that wills were created improperly, but most estates are uncontested.

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Stephen Cockriel

Preparing to avoid probate

Thinking about making a will is useless if the actual documentation of one's final wishes never occurs. Dying intestate could result in the California courts having to identify the decedent's heirs and make decisions about how resources will be distributed.

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Stephen Cockriel

Angel investing and estate plans

Angel investors in California may use estate planning in order to maximize the returns that both they and their families can enjoy. By using trusts, angel investors may take the value of the assets out of their estates so that they can protect them from creditors and divorces while making certain that they are preserved for others.

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Stephen Cockriel

Using trusts as part of an estate plan

People in California who are creating an estate plan may find a trust useful. Trusts are one way of protecting an estate from estate tax, but they have a number of other uses as well.

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