Preserving Your Parent’s Low Property Tax on Trust Distribution After Prop. 19

Q. My mom owned her home for 25 years before she recently passed. Her trust leaves it 50-50 to my brother and me.  I would like to keep the home by purchasing my brother’s interest for cash, and he is okay with that.  Is there a way that we can do this without triggering a… Read More »

How the $1.9 Trillion ‘American Rescue Plan Act’ Will Help Seniors

Q, I know that Congress and President Biden recently approved a new law that adds significant money into improving vaccinations and other COVID-19 outreach, but I wonder what other provisions are in the new law that might help seniors. A. Good question. The AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT of 2021 (“ARPA”), R. 1319, was narrowly passed… Read More »

Key Elder Law Numbers for 2021

To Our Clients and Friends: Below are updated numbers for 2021 that are frequently used in our Elder Law practice and which may be of interest to clients: Medi-Cal Spousal Impoverishment Numbers for 2021 The new Community Spouse Resource Allowance (“CSRA”) is $130,380. The Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance (“MMMNA”) for the “At- Home” Spouse… Read More »

Preservation of Parent’s Low Property Tax Rate Soon to Be More Difficult for Children: Planning ‘Window’ Closing

Q.  I understand that the recently passed Proposition 19 on the California Ballot will make major changes in the property tax structure.  Is that true? A. Yes, indeed. California voters just narrowly approved Proposition 19, overhauling our property tax rules originally stemming from the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978. Most notable are the new… Read More »

Under the CARES Act, You May Be Eligible To Withdraw Up to $100k From Your IRA Without Penalty and “Maybe” Without Tax

Q. I hear that under the CARES Act, my wife and I may each be able to withdraw up to $100K from our IRA’s without penalty and without tax. Is that true? A. Well, not quite. Here’s the deal: Under the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Congress did recently… Read More »

Free Tax Filing Help Is Available to Seniors

Q. It’s tax time again and I hear that the IRS may offer free tax preparation services to seniors. Do you know anything about this? A. Yes. The IRS offers information on its site about free tax preparation software, fillable forms, and free taxpayer assistance, all available in an effort to make tax compliance easier,… Read More »

New Law Makes Big Changes to IRA’s & Other Retirement Plans

Q. I heard that there is a new law which makes major changes to IRA’s and other retirement plans. Can you comment? A. The new law, signed by President Trump on December 20, 2019, and effective January 1, 2020, is called the “SETTING EVERY COMMUNITY UP for RETIREMENT ENHANCEMENT ACT”, or the “SECURE ACT” for… Read More »