Are Business Legal Fees Deductible?

Starting and maintaining your business can be challenging. You need all the help you can get, and sometimes that help needs to be from a professional. Disclaimer: I am not a CPA. I know a few good ones that specifically help businesses. I am a lawyer, who also happens to do her own taxes (for now) and wants to share some knowledge with my fellow business owners.  Legal Fees are…

Transfer on Death (TOD): What is it?

California recently became consumer friendly when AB 139 was enacted. For now, Californians are able to transfer the title of their homes to a beneficiary when they die using a TOD deed, or “transfer on death” deed. This is great news, and makes it so much easier for many, many people to protect their biggest asset from probate: their home! Q: Why would you want to use a TOD? A:…

A Revocable Living Trust: What is it?

A revocable living trust is both simple and confusing at the same time. It can take a while to wrap your head around it. It probably doesn’t help when you see a trust full of really big words and complex paragraphs. Trusts are boring to read, and trusts seem like something only rich people do. You know, like in the movies? Or perhaps you’ve met someone who was a trust…

Why do I Need an Estate Plan?

Most people I know don’t think they need an estate plan. “The kids can take care of it after I’m gone.” “It’s too expensive.” “I want one, but I don’t know where to start.” “I don’t have the time. I keep forgetting.” I’m with you on this. Once upon a time, after the birth of our fourth child and an anticipated weekend away without kids for our anniversary, I was…