Decanting: A New Way To Reform A Trust After the Death of the Trustor

Q. My brother created a trust a few years back, naming our sister as one of his beneficiaries and me as the Trustee. He recently died and we now have a problem:  our sister receives public benefits (Medi-Cal and SSI) and the receipt of an inheritance would cause her to lose those benefits.  Is there… Read More »

New Protections For Widowed Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Q.  I hear there is a new law which protects widows from losing their homes in foreclosure when a spouse dies. Do you know anything about that? A.   Yes. I believe you refer to the new California law referred to as the “Survivor Bill Of Rights” (SB 1150), effective January 1, 2017.  SB 1150 now… Read More »

New Law: Medi-Cal To Dramatically Scale Back Estate Recovery

Q.  My husband receives a Medi-Cal subsidy to help with his nursing home expense, and I have long worried about protecting our home from a later Medi-Cal “payback” claim. I heard there might be some changes coming.  Do you know anything about this? A. Yes, indeed, there are big changes coming! Gov. Jerry Brown just signed… Read More »

Add Flexibility to Your Trust To Handle Change

Q.  My husband and I are concerned about how to keep our trust up to date in light of changing tax law and changing family circumstances.  What if we are too ill to make changes ourselves. Any thoughts on how we can handle these concerns?                                                 A. With the ever-changing tax landscape, keeping your trust up-to-date… Read More »