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California music fans have now for the most part had enough time to come to terms with the sudden passing of Prince. Now, attention is turning to the star's estate. In addition to questions about who stands to inherit, there are also interesting tax considerations that may come into play.

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Not all California parents write a will that divides their estate equally among all of their adult children. Some decide to leave one child a larger portion of their estate because they have a better relationship with that child or the child has a lot of expenses.

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California parents who are preparing their estate plans may be concerned about the future financial well-being of their children. They may have more options for an individual retirement account than simply passing the account on to a beneficiary.

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One of the elements of probate under California law is the appointment of an executor. This is the person named in a will and whose job it is to take charge of and manage a deceased testator's estate.

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While some California parents may think that creating trusts for their children are only meaningful if they have a lot of money, this is not necessarily the case. There are several good reasons why parents should consider a trust regardless of how much money that they make.

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It may be easy to assume that a carefully worded will can ensure that one's final wishes will be carried out with regard to property and other assets located in California.

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Near the end of January, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants reached out to the IRS and the U.S. Treasury Department. It asked for clarification on tax reporting rules that affect many estates and beneficiaries in California and the rest of the nation.

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A popular option in estate planning for California residents is the living trust, an option that enables grantors to achieve significant protections such as avoiding probate and maintaining privacy.

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Many people in California decide to create a trust as part of their estate plan. If they have not dealt with modern trusts, they could be surprised to find out that irrevocable trusts are much different than the trusts that were used in the recent past.

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California residents may wonder what would happen to a pet if the animal's owner should pass away. Much like children, pets can be included in an estate plan. This is important to remember if you have a pet that is very special to you.

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