Consumer Reports Recommends American Academy
The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys was recommended in the January 2009 Consumer Reports Money Adviser newsletter. The article “How to Avoid Inheritance Feuds” focuses on techniques for avoiding conflict after a loved one passes away. The article recommends using the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys as a source for selecting a qualified estate planning attorney. The article also warned consumers to be explicit in their will in order to avoid disagreements. Other advice included deciding what is fair for each heir versus just dividing assets evenly and to keep everyone in your family informed of decisions beforehand.
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Click here to find out why our American Academy membership is so important to our firm and the many families we provide guidance to each year.
Money Magazine Recognizes American Academy!
In the January 2009 issue of Money Magazine, Walecia Konrad’s article entitled “Keep It In The Family” focuses on making sure the wealth you’ve worked so hard to accumulate will go to the people you love. The article recommends the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys as a source to find an estate planning attorney who can tailor a plan for your situation and address your state rules. It also includes a useful estate planning checklist and valuable tips for putting together a proper estate plan that will safeguard your hard-earned assets from estate taxes, lawsuits and probate. This is the fourth time in 16 issues the American Academy has been recognized. Click here to find out why our American Academy membership is so important to our firm and the many families we provide guidance to each year.
American Academy Mentioned in Money Magazine!
Robert Armstrong, President of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys,
was interviewed by Money Magazine senior writer Penelope
Wang for her article "
A Midlife Money Checkup" in the March 2008 Issue. The article was part of the
Cover Story "A Boomer's Guide to Financial Freedom" that included multiple articles
focusing on financial trends, aging well and other issues Baby Boomers are facing
today. This is the third mention of the American Academy of Estate
Planning by Money Magazine in the last seven issues.
The "Midlife Money Checkup" is a nine-step test that highlights questions Boomer's
should be asking themselves at this point in their lives. Mr. Armstrong's expertise
in estate planning was highlighted in question five, "Is your estate plan in order?"
Make sure you don't have to ask yourself that question by meeting with a qualified
American Academy Mentioned in Money Magazine
The September issue of Money Magazine
has an article entitled,"20 Timeless Money Rules." Rule
17, Exiting Gracefully, is particularly significant because it
emphasizes the importance of putting together your estate plan.
The recommendation of Money Magazine
is that you search for a member of the American Academy of Estate
Planning Attorneys: "To find a lawyer, ask friends and colleagues
for recommendations or get referrals online at the website of
the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (
The American Academy is an exclusive membership organization for
law firms dedicated to estate planning. We are proud of our Academy
membership and pleased to be one of only ten law firms in Los Angeles
county and one of only five law firms in Orange county accepted into this organization.
For more information about why our membership is so important
to your family, click
here. For other great money managing tips, be sure to pick
up the September issue of Money Magazine today!
ESTATE PLANNING NEWS The Top 10 Things to Know About Estate PlanningMany people are often confused by Estate Planning. Here is a list of the top things to know about Estate Planning.
ESTATE PLANNING NEWS How to Leave a Mess to Your HeirsThis article examines several common mistakes that create a mess for heirs: Lifetime Transactions without counsel (such as adding people on title to realty), Failure to Plan, and Failure to Communicate. The article poses the problem and then offers a solution to each.
EDUCATIONAL ALERTS Tax Court Unanimously Validates Formula ClauseThe Alert examines a powerful planning tool, valuation clauses, the use of which was recently approved by the Tax Court.
EDUCATIONAL FYIs House Passes Bill to Raise Applicable Exclusion Amount to $5 MillionOn Thursday, June 22, 2006, the House of Representatives passed legislation, by a vote of 269 to 156, that would raise the applicable exclusion amount to $5 million for an unmarried person and $10 million for couples. The marginal estate tax rate on estates up to $25 million would be set at the same tax rates that apply to capital gains -- now 15 percent but scheduled to rise to 20 percent in 2011. The marginal estate tax rate for estates worth more than $25 million would be twice the capital gains rate.
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