Articles Posted in Trusts

Preserving Family Harmony: The Power of Estate Planning
Law Office of Jonathan D. Alexander, Esq.

As an experienced estate planning attorney in Orange County, California I have witnessed firsthand the profound impact that conflicts over inheritances can have on families. It is heartbreaking to see hard-earned legacies torn apart by disputes and strained relationships among loved ones. Today, I want to address your concerns and shed light on the primary…

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Providing For Minor Children In An Estate Plan
Law Office of Jonathan D. Alexander, Esq.

Once upon a time, in a small town nestled in the heart of Orange County, lived a loving and hardworking couple, Robert and Linda. Like many parents, they cherished their two little angels, Jack and Emily, more than anything in the world. They wanted nothing but the best for their children and worked diligently to…

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What is a Charitable Lead Trust?
Law Office of Jonathan D. Alexander, Esq.

A charitable lead trust (CLT) is a trust where assets are transferred to a trust for the benefit of a charitable entity.  The CLT then makes payments to one or more charities for fixed duration of time or for the lifetime of a selected individual.  When the CLT’s term ends, the remaining assets are transferred…

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What is a Spousal Lifetime Access Trust?
Law Office of Jonathan D. Alexander, Esq.

A Spousal Lifetime Access Trust or “SLAT” is a special type of irrevocable trust.  A SLAT is created by one spouse for the benefit of the other.  The spouse who creates the SLAT is referred to as the grantor and the spouse who receives gifts from the SLAT is referred to as the beneficiary spouse. …

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What is an Irrevocable Trust? 
Law Office of Jonathan D. Alexander, Esq.

An irrevocable trust is a type of trust that once created is not modifiable by the individual who created it (the “Grantor”).  In fact, this type of trust cannot be changed, amended, or terminated without the permission of the beneficiaries (the individuals or entities that receive, for example, money, property or other assets under the…

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Why Don’t You Have an Estate Plan Yet? 
Law Office of Jonathan D. Alexander, Esq.

Did you know that it’s National Estate Planning Awareness Week?  In 2008, the U.S. Congress passed House Resolution 1499 designating the third week in October as National Estate Planning Awareness week.  According to Caring.com’s 2022 Wills Survey, over 66% of Americans believe that having an estate plan is important, but only 1 in 3 Americans…

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What Is the Unlimited Marital Deduction?
Law Office of Jonathan D. Alexander, Esq.

The unlimited marital deduction is part of the United States Federal Estate and Gift Tax law.  The law allows married U.S. citizens to transfer an unlimited amount of property and money to their spouse at any time free of any taxation (both estate and gift taxes).  These spouse-to-spouse transfers are not taxed.  The largest transfers…

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What is a Revocable Living Trust?
Law Office of Jonathan D. Alexander, Esq.

A revocable living trust is a type of trust that can be modified during the creator’s lifetime.  California residents commonly use revocable living trusts to: Name the individuals who will inherit your property (your “beneficiaries”). Avoid probate (a time consuming and expensive court proceedings where a judge determines who inherits your money and property). Avoid…

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What is a Trust?
Law Office of Jonathan D. Alexander, Esq.

A trust is a contract. The person who creates a trust is called a grantor. The person who carries out the terms of the trust is called the trustee.  The persons or organizations who receive property or money from a trust are called beneficiaries.    The trust is, in essence, an agreement between the grantor…

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What Should Residents of Rancho Mission Viejo California Know about How a Living Trust Works?
Law Office of Jonathan D. Alexander, Esq.

How Does a Living Trust Work? A living trust is one of the most efficient estate planning tools available but there are some common misconceptions. According to a survey made by Caring.com only 42% of responders have created or prepared an estate plan. There are three reasons why someone may put off their estate planning:…

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