Your estate plan in California can include several documents, many of which may require beneficiaries, like any trusts you may have set up and non-probate assets like 401(k), IRA accounts, life insurance policies, and pensions. Assets from these accounts will go to the beneficiaries upon your death. It is important, therefore, to make sure you choose your beneficiaries carefully.
A pour-over will is a type of will stating that any assets or property owned by the Settlor of a living trust that were omitted from the Trust at their death will transfer (or, pour over) into the trust after death. In this way, the pour-over will serves as a safety net for any assets not formally transferred into a living trust during the Trust Settlor's life.
On February 28, 2023, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that the annual change in the House Price Index for California for 2022 was $2.26%. As a result, the $1 million amount "reassessment exclusion" from property taxes under Proposition 19, is now adjusted to $1,022,600. This amount will be adjusted again on February 15, 2025.
Helping Homeowners not to lose their home to a Tax Sale due to unpaid Property Taxes: Third Party Notification Program
Homeowners can now designate a third party - a family member or trusted friend, to receive a copy of past due notices for unpaid property taxes, so as to prevent such homeowners from losing their home to an unintended foreclosure for non-payment of property taxes,
Cryptocurrency, unlike its name suggests, is a Digital Asset – as such, the law treats it as Property, and not Currency. Crypto and NFTs are known as “bearer assets” – just like with “bearer bonds” – whoever has possession of the “asset” is the beneficial owner of it, which makes it challenging to be sure that an intended beneficiary will actually get the asset. How to avoid "Finders Keepers" when we estate-plan for Crypto and NFTs?
2023 Estate Tax Exemptions, Annual Gift Tax Exclusions, and Portability