Preservation of Parent’s Low Property Tax Rate Soon to Be More Difficult for Children: Deadline Looming

Q, I understand that the recently passed Proposition 19 on the California Ballot will make major changes in the property tax structure.  Is that true? A. Yes, indeed. California voters just narrowly approved Proposition 19, overhauling our property tax rules, originally stemming from the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978. Most notable are the changes… Read More »

Social Security Benefits To Increase Modestly in 2021

Q.  Has there been any word as to whether there will be a cost-of-living increase in Social Security in 2021? A.  Yes. Just recently, the Social Security Administration announced a 1.3 percent rise in benefits in 2021, an increase even smaller than last year’s cost-of-living increase. Cost-of-living increases are tied to the consumer price index,… Read More »

Special Planning for an Incapacitated Spouse

Q. My wife suffers from dementia and has been in a nursing home for some time. About a year ago, we put everything in my name so she could qualify for a Medi-Cal subsidy to help pay for her care. We currently have only simple wills which leave everything to the survivor of us, and… Read More »

Under the CARES Act, You May Be Eligible To Withdraw Up to $100k From Your IRA Without Penalty and “Maybe” Without Tax

Q. I hear that under the CARES Act, my wife and I may each be able to withdraw up to $100K from our IRA’s without penalty and without tax. Is that true? A. Well, not quite. Here’s the deal: Under the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Congress did recently… Read More »