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Question About The Estate Tax?
My Parents Have A Professional Do Their Estate Planning But I Had A Quick Question Since I'M Not In The Loop (Yet). I'Ll Ask This Simply And Hope For A Simple Answer. My Grandma Passed Away And Left Her Estate To My Father. He Then Incorporated It Into His Estate. The Total Now Is About $5 Million In Cash And Property. If My Parents Pass Away And My Brother And I Each Get Half Do The Taxes Come Out Of The Original 5 Million Or Do They Say Since We Each Are Getting 2.5 Million They Tax Based On That?
Say The Exemption Is 1 Million And Your Parents Have 2 Million. Do They Tax The Entire 2 Million Or Do They Tax Nothing Because Each Heir Is Getting The Exempted Amount? Thanks.
Estate tax is a federal tax imposed on a decedent's estate to the extent it exceeds the estate-tax exemption in the year of death. The number of beneficiaries is irrelevant. Using your example: if your parents' estate were valued at $2 million when the survivor of them passes, and the then current estate-tax exemption were $1 million, WITHOUT proper planning, the estate tax would be $345,800, based on a $1 million taxable estate. WITH proper planning, however, the estate tax would be $0, as both husband and wife would take advantage of their own estate tax exemption, saving the estate, and ultimately the heirs, over 345 grand!
Where husband and wife have "simple" wills, that is, all to the survivor at the first death, and then to the kids, the estate-tax exemption of the deceased spouse (first spouse to die) is wasted. Using your scenario, the surviving spouse with assets of $2 million will get only one estate-tax exemption at his or her death. Of course, if the couple were worth less than the estate-tax exemption, all of this would be moot.
That said, it is IMPERATIVE your parents work with an attorney, competent in estate planning, to make sure their documents (wills, trusts, etc) provide for the estate-tax exemption for BOTH of them. Given your reference to working with a professional, they may have this strategy in place. While HOW it's done is beyond the scope of this Q&A format, for informational purposes - or if you want to Google it for more info - it's called a Credit-Sheltered or Bypass Trust.
Estate tax was repealed for 2010, and, unless Congress acts, reverts to $1 million in 2011.
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What Happens At A Consultation With A Divorce Lawyer?
What Information Will They Need, Etc?
A consultation with a divorce lawyer is an opportunity for you to decide if you want to use that lawyer or not. You can ask him/her questions about their rates and anything else you want pertaining to the divorce or about how they would proceed. It's a good way for you to compare different lawyers and their rates, and to decide whether you would have confidence in one to work for you or not. Most consultations are free, but some charge, so it's always best to make sure first so there are no surprises. You might find one you like right off the bat, but it might be a good idea to talk with a few before you decide.
You will probably just need some basic information with you for the consultation: incomes, whether you own a house or not, the date and place the marriage took place, the reason you are seeking divorce, whether there are kids involved or not, etc. You might want to have additional information with you, though, just in case, such as SSN numbers, 401k/retirement plans, stocks, savings and checking accounts, credit cards, loans and other debts. You could bring along a copy of your last year's taxes. Mostly, though, the consultation is for you to decide whether you think that lawyer is a good fit for you. If you decide to use them, they will let you know what other information they will need.
International Corporate Lawyer Major?
What Should A Major In Of I Want To Be An International Corporate Lawyer? Would Economics Help? Or Should I Go With International Relations Or Pre-Law?
I am a lawyer (currently inactive as I no longer need to practice). The best undergraduate major would be a double major in Spanish and Chinese. You might substitute French, German, Japanese or Arabic for Spanish and should substitute another of these languages for Chinese if you already speak, read and write it fluently. This double major will give you an advantage in seeking employment after law school for obvious reasons. If you only want a single major, it should be Chinese unless you are already fluent, in which case it should one of the other languages in which you are not now fluent. You can learn all the law related material in law school.
I Dont Wanna Get A Dui Lawyer Thats Why Im On This Thing.?
I Firgured Instead Of Getting A Dui Lawyer, I Could Just Go On This Answer Thing And Figure Out My Options. And From The Looks Of It, There Are No Options. In California, A Dui Will Mess You Up. I Know I Know &Quot;Dont Drink And Drive, Dont Do The Crime If Ya Cant Do The Time&Quot; Blah Blah Blah. I Know I Messed Up Im Not Looking For Anyone To Blame Or Feel Sorry For Me. I Just Want To Know, In California Can I Get Some Sort Of Restricted License Or Something Like It So I Can Drive My Work Car Before This Temp License I Got From Jail Expires?Seriously Bro, Youre Lucky You Didnt Kill Someone. I Know.
I would suggest starting community service as well as doing a DUI class. you may even want to start going to a few AA meetings. try to get as much done before your court date All of this will show good faith towards the judge as well as the prosecutor.
Marriage Legal Law And Elder Abuse?
My Dad Is 78 Years Old. Two Years Ago My Mom (Of German Descent) Passed Away. Less Than A Year Later My Dad Met Another German Lady In The Park Where He Lives After Visiting Two Other German Women Who Are Now Widowed Less Than Six Moths Later He Married The Other Woman Without Anyone In The Family Knowing About It. Since Then She Has Asked Him For 30K To Visit Germany Without Him But With Another Female Friend And Another 20K To Fix Up Her House. Her House Is In Her Sons Name And My Dad Has His Own House, Which She Wants Him To Sell To Pay For Her Own “Vacation” And House Fix Up. Dad Refused Which Ended Up In His Moving Out And Four To Five Days Later Ended Up In The Hospital For Severe High Blood Pressure Yet, When He Was Dismissed Moved Back In With His Alleged Wife Who Took Him Back. He Lives In Colorado, Social Services Says There Is Nothing They Can Do, Dad Is Being Dumber Than A Bag Of Hammers And My Two Sisters And Three Brothers Are Out Of Ideas. We All Know This Woman Is Taking Him For A Ride, She Is Or Was Broke And He Is Well Off And Any Inheritance Is Way Far-Gone Due To Her Manipulating Him. This Is Way More Complicated Than I Have Time Or Space To Write About But Any Help With Colorado Law, Elder Abuse, And Financial Abuse Of Elders Would Be Helpful. Thanks In Advance And Please Only Serious Helpful Replies Are Requested.
I am assuming that you have already contacted adult protective services? If so did you tell them that your dad is being financially exploited? Sometimes knowing the right terms to say to a caseworker will make all the difference.
My brother has autism and needs assistance, I could not get through to anyone until I stated that he could not complete activities of daily living without assistance.
Sometimes because there are too many cases for the state to handle they will only help the cases that sound the most serious. You should still be honest, but make sure you cut the small talk and bluntly state the problem. If more information is needed, they will ask.
Also do not state that your father is dumb, if you think he may be mentally vulnerable to abuse, state that. It is important because APS won't help if he is not considered at risk. But, telling them he is dumb won't go over well if you are trying to protect him.
Also, don't talk about your inheritance, they don't care about that. What they do care about is if she is exploiting his money and and then going to leave him with nothing to live on. Be sure that you DO express your concern for his financial security.
Also the hospital visit is important to mention! The physical toll on his body is obvious and that should concern the caseworker. Your father sounds very vulnerable to abuse and if I were the caseworker I would be concerned, however, it may take getting the right person to listen to you. Keep calling, read over the second attached document, it will help you to know important things to say and watch for. Write down key things that you have observed about your fathers vulnerability and her abuse of him. Don't give up, no one deserves to be exploited or abused.
I'M A Dad In A Custody Battle, I'M Looking For Low-Cost Legal Help In Nc.?
I Have A Very Good Case, And Have Run Out Of Money To Pay My Attorney. I Really Need Advice On Some Low Cost Legal Help, Or Some Other Alternative To Help Me With This Case. I Already Have Custody, But Allowed My Son To Live With His Mother For A Few Months To Test The Water. It Is Not Working Out, The Mother Is Out Of Control, And I Do Not Want To Give Custody Up. If You Have Any Advice, I Would Greatly Appreciate Your Help.
See the link below for Legal Aid of NC