How Much Time Do You Have to Complete a 1031 Exchange?

Consider this scenario: You hear the market is hot, and you decide to swap out a property you own for a new one. Possibly to create more revenue, perhaps because it’s closer to you geographically, or because you want less maintenance to perform. In any of these situations, you have a limited time to act once you sell the property you are exiting, and it is not always easier to close on a new property. Read the following to learn about the specifics of the 1031 Exchange time limits.

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Does a 1031 Exchange Avoid California Taxes?

Two people trading money for house in a 1031 exchange. Contract on table.

Managing real estate investments in California is fraught with difficulties. Having to worry about tax liability while you are dodging legislative hurdles – rent control, local government planning commissions, and short-term eviction bans – counters most wealth-building strategies. While we can help with those issues too, this article is focused on capital gains tax relief. Particularly how not to get burned by taxes when closing out a real estate position with a 1031 Exchange.

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The Differences Between Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts

You have probably seen someone– a non-lawyer likely– selling living trusts, offering numerous promises, including “saving money,” avoiding probate, and reducing or avoiding taxes. Some salespeople will say that living trusts ensure privacy or can be used to prevent actions by creditors, including the government and health care providers. There are even trust “mills” that pump out trusts with little to no regard for the actual needs and desires of clients. It is imperative to make sure that you hire an expert to achieve your objectives. Attorneys have studied trusts in law school, know the place of trusts in an estate plan, and can provide a holistic solution for their clients that consider all of the circumstances of the household. Below, we will discuss the differences between revocable and irrevocable trusts and how a proper lawyer can help you achieve the goals mentioned with the correct legal instrument.

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Upstream Basis Planning – The Smart Way to Reduce Your Taxes

There are various ways to reduce your taxable income, including a number of significant tax deductions, credits, and exclusions to look at. While there are dozens of deductions available to choose from, one that often gets overlooked is the option to reduce your capital gains (or income) taxes via the upstream basis method. This method allows you to calculate the cost basis after the sale of an investment or other capital asset. Find out more about this smart way to reduce your taxes by reading this quick guide on Upstream Basis Planning to reduce your Capital Gains Tax!

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Problems with the Enforcement of Prenuptial Agreements

The Character of Premarital Agreements

Despite the negative impression left from B-movies premised around messy divorces, the general intent of premarital agreements (commonly known as prenup agreements) is to foster conditions that will help preserve an upcoming marriage. Part and parcel of that intent is to provide stability and predictability and protect a client’s estate from intentional and inadvertent loss. The client’s interests, broadly construed, includes those of its family members and dependents. You without doubt want to provide for your loved ones’ future needs and dreams. Additionally, when possible, you might want to minimize taxes, avoid probate, and deal with incapacity. A new marriage brings with it much joy and happiness, but by virtue of being new and including change, it can carry risk. This is particularly true for young spouses with developing financial resources and career tempestuousness. A prenuptial can offset that risk and help develop communication skills that will be critical for a long, healthy marriage. Let’s take a look at the characteristics of premarital agreements and what might cause one problem if or when it comes time for enforcement.

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Difference Between a Prenuptial Agreement and a Postnuptial Agreement

There is room for discussion on whether love gives you strength or courage, but we all know that when a marriage ends, there is often less of either and there may be a large accounting to be done. The accounting that we are concerned with in this article is the financial kind, and we hope to help make sure that our clients do not end up heartbroken and broke. Hindsight is 20/20, and as unromantic as it seems, a prenup is an essential legal instrument in many highly predictable situations. We hope for the best and plan for the worst. As a service to you and those you care for, we can prepare prenuptial or postnuptial agreements that will help you maintain your quality of life and achieve your estate planning goals. These agreements will contain provisions for property division, spousal support, and investments, among other elements.

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Spring Clean Your Estate Plan

It’s easy to want to sit back after achieving your financial goals. But that won’t be possible because things are constantly changing, including the members of your family circle and the value of your assets. Extraordinary things can impact them, such as changes in tax rules, unexpected litigation, and education expenses. Even though half of the adults in the U.S. do not have a will, we know better than to let the state dictate where our money goes. Let’s talk about some of the things that you can do to stay ahead of your finances and when you can do that.

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How an Attorney Can Help You Navigate Through a Real Estate Holding

Navigating the world of real estate holding can be tricky without the help of an attorney to handle the legalities and the paperwork. While you may think hiring an attorney will just cost you money, it can actually save you much more in the long run. When working with an attorney, you can receive great advice on how to handle similar situations in the future as well as ways to make sure your investment remains profitable moving forward. If you’re deciding on whether you need assistance in real estate holding, keep reading!

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Tips For Effective Will Writing

Know Your Will’s Purpose

The first thing you’ll want to do is understand whether your will is the primary vehicle for the disposition of assets and whether a trust instrument will be in place. Trusts have many useful purposes, and we will discuss them later in this post.

Next, you should examine who the will is serving and the situation surrounding it. This requires an examination of who is important for the estate. Identify a spouse or partner, which for most people should be an easy step. Consider children, if any, and any other family members whom you would like to carry beneficiary interests. Next, think about whether they should benefit at nominal or significant levels.

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What is Trust Litigation and When Do I Need It?

Trust Litigation in 2022

What is Trust litigation? Trust litigation is a very unfortunate occurrence that might become a necessity when the financial affairs of individuals or families that are part of a trust become tangled, disputed, or simply confused. This can happen even when a trust is well-crafted and instructions are clearly stated. Here at Lowthorp Richards, we often counsel clients that litigation should be the last resort after all other options have been exhausted, and this is certainly the case with trust litigation, largely because of the highly personal nature of relationships generally surrounding trusts.

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