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Did the SECURE Act Change My Estate Plan?

For more than 30 years, those with significant IRAs or other qualified retirement plans used trusts to create what is commonly known as a “Stretch IRA”. Doing so allowed the IRA owner to force the stretch out of the IRA…

No Contest Clauses in Nevada

Is a No-Contest Clause Enforced in Nevada? When drafting a will or trust, I’m often asked about no-contest provisions. Clients want to make sure that their will and trust have such clauses. The purpose is obviously to discourage a future…

Who Needs a Living Trust?

The question is often asked, “Do I need a living trust?” Some estate planning attorneys tell everyone that they need a trust.  But, whether a revocable living trust is needed or not depends upon a number of factors, such as…

Is a Trust Required to Avoid Probate?

While a revocable living trust is a common estate planning tool for avoiding probate, using a trust is not the only way to avoid probate.  To be clear, we prepare many, many living trusts.  Family trusts are the foundation of perhaps…

Real Estate Transfers to Trusts

Transferring Mortgaged Real Estate to Your Living Trust If you own a home and are setting up a revocable living trust, you will want to transfer your home to the newly created trust.  If there is a mortgage on the…

Testamentary Trust vs Living Trust

Many people have questions about testamentary trusts and are not sure what they are or how they are different from the more common living trust. This post will explain what a testamentary trust is, how it differs from the living…

Can An Irrevocable Trust Be Changed?

Irrevocable trusts are a common estate planning tools.  They play an important role in protecting assets, reducing taxes, and preserving legacies from one generation to the next. Irrevocable trusts come into existence in a number of ways. A trustor who…

What is Probate?

In the simplest of terms, probate is the legal process for disposing of your property after you die. However, “simple” isn’t the first word one thinks of when you think about probate. While probate may not always be complex, it…