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New Year’s Resolution Estate Planning!

It’s the new year and with that comes new goals! Usually, people vow to get in better shape or to save money for something big. However, we tend to start off strong and have no follow-through. Creating an estate plan is a lot like getting into better shape. We all know we should do it, but most of us never ...
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The Proposition That Passed With Only 51.4%

Did you follow the results of the vote on the Propositions that were on the November Ballot? ...
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Changes to Estate Planning Due to Proposition 19

In November’s recent election, California passed Proposition 19 (Prop 19), which has changed two important California property tax assessments that could have a lasting impact on your estate planning ...
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No Clawbacks. The Time to Act is Now!

In 2017, a window was opened. And at the end of 2025, that window will close. This breath of fresh air was granted by the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017, which increased the Basic Exclusion Amount (BEA) from $5 million to a new base of $10 million (indexed for inflation after 2011) for gifts ...
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Landlords: Preparing for the Months Ahead

As moratoriums in most areas of California have been extended and ongoing worry about evictions persist, landlords and tenants may find themselves in a predicament. As state government jurisdictions continue to protect tenants, the question then arises of what landlords can and should do about rent payments once moratoriums are lifted ...
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Force Majeure: How It Can Help You Right Now

With our daily lives changing constantly during the current COVID pandemic, unforeseeable circumstances may prevent real estate owners and tenants from being able to complete the duties outlined in their rental contracts. This situation is referred to as Force Majeure, a common clause in contracts that essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance ...
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Types of Elderly Financial Abuse

Elder financial abuse is a very real situation that can cause immense problems for both the elder being abused and for an entire family in general. The behaviors of the perpetrators can be extremely damaging and may often require the abused to seek legal assistance. If family members contribute to the abuse of an elder, it is suggested that an ...
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The SECURE Act: How it Affects Estate Planning and What to Do

With the introduction of the Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act in effect as of January 1, 2020, new and big changes have been made that affect one large aspect of retirement accounts: the payout process for beneficiaries. Previously, those who inherited someone’s retirement account were able to spread withdrawals from the account over the course of ...
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Why and How to Provide for a Pet In Your Estate Plan

Oh, the burden of setting up an estate plan. With so many steps to take in the process of planning your estate, it can be easy to unintentionally leave some important things out, such as providing for the furry member of your family in your overall plan – your pet ...
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Why It’s Important to Have An Estate Plan If You Are Over 18

If you’re over the age of 18, regardless of financial status or property owned, it’s important to set the measures of an estate plan for health purposes. Estate plans not only allow for finances to be managed in the case of an accident, but they also amount to a number of other important measures that any individual should consider ...
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NOTE: The information contained herein is not intended to be legal advice and the reader should know that no Attorney-Client relationship or privilege is formed by the posting or reading of this article which is also not intended to solicit business.

Cristian R. Arrieta, Lowthorp Richards McMillan Miller & Templeman, A Professional Corporation, 300 E. Esplanade Drive Suite 850, Oxnard, CA 93036