An estate plan is crucial for anyone with a family. Perhaps you had an estate plan in place before even having any children. If you have now added a new member of the family, whether through birth or adoption, here are a few things you should review on your estate plan.
- Adding a trust in the child’s name – You can set up a successor trustee who will be in charge of dispensing the funds for your child should you pass away before they turn 18 (or even after if you don’t want your child to have direct access and control over the funds).
- Naming a legal guardian – You don’t want to think about leaving a minor child behind, but if you and your spouse pass away at the same time, you need to be sure your child is well-cared for. Assigning a legal guardian for your child in the case of your untimely death is certainly a weighty responsibility.
- Consider updating your life insurance policy – Before having children, your life insurance policy may have taken into consideration your burial expenses and perhaps some additional funds to help support your significant other. Now, you need to think about the upbringing of a child. This will likely call for increasing the amount of insurance you have.
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Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with, even when a person has a legitimate case. If you receive a settlement at all, it is likely to be way less than what you deserve. Here are three tips for dealing with the insurance company to help you get the best settlement possible.
- Don’t wait – Insurance companies like to use delaying tactics to stop you from starting a suit. They may promise a settlement but drag their feet providing it. Part of the goal is to make you accept immediately when the settlement finally comes. Part of the idea is to get you to wait until the statute of limitations is up before seeing legal action.
- Don’t give up – The insurance company may ask you to perform some ridiculous and tedious requests in order to provide you with an “accurate” settlement. Often, they are asking you to do things that are their job just to make you think the process is too difficult. They want you to give up, so they don’t have to pay anything.
- Don’t do it alone – Insurance companies want you to believe you can work it out with them and “save money” by not hiring a lawyer. In reality, they don’t want you going to a lawyer because they know you will get a much larger settlement if you have legal assistance.
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The fact of the matter is that insurance adjusters are always going to be nice to your face or on the phone. It’s part of their job, and many of them are decent people. However, another part of their job is to pay out as little as possible so that the insurance company is profitable.
Therefore, you can’t trust an insurance company to make you a fair offer. Here are a few tricks an insurance company may use to reduce how much they pay out.
- Delays – If the insurance company stalls, you may see the medical bills and other expenses increase and become desperate. Then you will be tempted to accept a lower settlement. Remember that delaying tactics and low first offers are all part of the game insurance companies play to hold onto their money.
- Requests – If the insurance company is asking you to do things that seem like their job, you’re probably right. The idea is to make things so difficult on the person trying to make a claim that a percentage of people will just give up. Every payout that doesn’t happen is a big win for the insurance company.
- Pressure – Telling you this is the only offer you are going to get, it’s a good offer, they are taking care of you, and you’ll end up with nothing if you don’t sign this right now are high-pressure tactics to make you take less than you deserve.
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After an accident that results in property damage or personal injury, an insurance adjuster will need to evaluate your claim. Even if the adjuster is from your insurance company or if they seem very friendly, don’t make the mistake of thinking this person is on your side. Their career depends on paying out as little as possible. Here are three things an insurance adjuster may do to try and reduce the compensation you receive.
- Delay your case – The longer you go without compensation, the more desperate you may become. When the adjuster comes back with a low-ball settlement, you may take it, thinking that you simply can’t wait any longer.
- Ask for ridiculous information – Sometimes, an adjuster may request things that are not even necessary just to make it as difficult as possible for you. If you give up, then the payout is zero, and that makes the insurance company very happy.
- Requesting a recorded statement – Don’t do this. Once you’re on record, the adjuster can twist your words any way they see fit to cheat you out of what you deserve. If your adjuster is acting sneaky, don’t talk with them at all. Leave all the communications up to your lawyer.
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A life insurance policy can help your family to financially navigate the difficult time they will experience when you pass away. From covering burial costs to helping the family get by until the rest of the estate becomes available, life insurance can play a vital role in your estate planning. Here are a few tips regarding life insurance policies.
- Keep your beneficiary up to date – Your life insurance policy will pass directly to the named beneficiary without going through probate, so be sure to keep your named beneficiary up to date because this cannot be contested after you die.
- There may be situations where it makes sense to make your trust the beneficiary – This is especially true if you have children under the age of 18. Sending the money directly to the trust will ensure that the funds are accessible and handled properly by your successor trustee.
- Consider whether you and your trustee are at risk of dying at the same time – Since marriage mates usually travel together, this is the most common situation. Again, you may choose to make a trust the beneficiary, or you will want to appoint a secondary beneficiary to the life insurance policy.
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It can be easy to forget about the details when your mind is focused on a huge life change like a divorce. However, forgetting to update your estate plan can affect the future of your family, so when you go through any sort of big life change – good or bad – this is something you need to give consideration to. Here are two big estate plan changes you need to think about after a divorce.
- Changing the beneficiary named on your accounts – Life insurance policies, POD bank accounts, and many other assets transfer directly to the person who is the named beneficiary. An executor won’t be able to stop it. So if your ex’s name is listed for any of these types of accounts, you need to change it right away.
- Plan ahead for kids you had with your ex – If you get remarried in the future, the natural line of succession will leave out children from previous marriages because everything will go to your new mate. That means you need to plan your estate specifically to leave what you want to children from a previous mate.
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Who should inherit your possessions when you pass on? Most people immediately think of a mate or children. But what if you have no family? A close friend may suffice. But what if you have lived a long, full life and have outlived your close friends? Or what if you are just really eccentric and want to be a little more indiscriminate with your assets?
California state laws, along with federal laws in the US, don’t have any major requirements when it comes to selecting a beneficiary. It is expected that most people will choose family or friends, but it is not required.
The only time you lose the ability to choose who gets your assets is when they are considered community property. For example, if your mate’s name is also on your title or deed, you can only distribute your half of the property. You can’t give away your mate’s half.
Succession in California
If you don’t have a will or any other estate planning in place, California has laws of succession that dictate who will receive your belongings. Depending on who is still living, the line of succession usually starts with a spouse, then children, then any living parents, and finally siblings.
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Of course, you don’t want to leave things to chance, especially when it comes to blended families. Stepchildren are often cut out completely, and if you are remarried, your current spouse may not have to share anything with your children from a previous marriage. To avoid these types of issues, call Petrov Law Firm at 619.344.0360 to speak with an experienced estate planning attorney.Read More
While it is not a common practice, there are times when it makes sense to have the beneficiary of your life insurance policy be a trust rather than an individual. Is this the best option for you? Here are a few ways to tell:
- You are concerned that your beneficiary and you may die simultaneously. You want to leave your life insurance to your mate, but what if you are traveling together and die in an accident? Who recovers the policy then?
- You already have a trust set up to avoid probate. Your life insurance policy goes directly to your beneficiary, not into probate. However, if you are already setting up a trust to protect your other assets, then you may want to include your life insurance policy.
- Your beneficiaries are under 18. Minor children won’t be able to collect on your policy until they come of age anyway. A trust can protect the funds and allow for special case dispensations (providing guardians with funds for educational supplies, healthcare, and things of that nature).
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At Petrov Law Firm, we see each of our clients as an individual. As a result, we help you to determine what is best of you and your beneficiaries. For some families, leaving a life insurance policy to a trust as a beneficiary is a good idea. Here are a few situations where this method works well:
- Your beneficiaries are minor children – If your kids are under 18, they won’t get your life insurance policy until they come of age anyway. Having the money go directly into a trust can allow a trustee to dispense some money to the children as needed such as for new outfits at the beginning of the school year.
- You want to avoid executor and court fees – If your estate ends up in probate court for any significant amount of time, a good portion of the assets can go toward court fees and executor expenses before your family sees any of it.
- You are concerned about the simultaneous death of yourself and your beneficiary – Let’s say the person you were going to name as your life insurance policy beneficiary is someone who is always traveling with you. What happens if you die together in some sort of travel-related accident? Having the money go into a trust is a good way to ensure it passes on to your other family members.
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You may recognize some of the benefits of leaving your estate to heirs by means of a trust rather than simply executing a will. It is a great way to avoid having your funds tied up in probate battles. However, you need to understand the different types of trust.
An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust
When you are leaving a life insurance policy to a beneficiary, you want to protect the funds from creditors. You can also add other funds to the trust besides the life insurance money. You can even designate funds in the trust to be used for paying the policy premiums while you are alive, ensuring that there is never a delayed or missed payment that could result in the policy being withheld from your family. The trust is considered irrevocable because only you can modify the trust while you are alive or your beneficiary after you pass on.
A Revocable Living Trust
This is a great way to set aside funds for loved ones while still being able to adjust the trust at any time while you are alive. You can establish a successor trustee to ensure that your beneficiaries receive the funds as directed by the trust. You can even make the trust your life insurance beneficiary. Since the trust is revocable, you can take trust distributions while you are still alive. When you die, it automatically transfers to your beneficiaries and becomes irrevocable.
Help Establishing Trust Funds in California
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