Estate Tax Planning Attorney in Torrance, CA
Hard-working people dedicate their lives to supporting their families and
understandably wish to pass down what they own to future generations for
their care and benefit. Most people are aware that the government taxes
estates upon death, but few understand the details of the complicated
and ever-changing tax laws. A qualified
Torrance estate planning attorney at the
Law Offices of James C. Shields will review your total financial picture and work to ensure your spouse
and children inherit the most from your hard work and dedication.
The Unified Gift and Estate Tax
The purpose of the Unified Gift and Estate Tax is to tax transfers of wealth
passing down from generation to generation. The gift tax applies to transfers
of wealth during a person's lifetime, and the estate tax applies to
money passed down after a person's death. Individuals can minimize
their "taxable estate" during their lifetime to rest assured
their loved ones then receive the bulk of their assets, not the government.
Minimize Your Taxable Estate to Maximize Your Family's Inheritance:
There are many ways to minimize a taxable estate to maximize future inheritances:
Lifetime Gifts – An obvious way to reduce the size of an estate is to make lifetime
gifts. The gift tax exemption is an amount of money an individual can
give to another without paying a gift tax to reduce the size of their
taxable estate upon death.
Charitable Donations – Lifetime gifts and bequests to qualifying charities are exempt
from the estate tax and gift tax. A charitable
trust is a useful tool in reducing a person's taxable estate while helping
others in need. The trust will pay back income to the donor during his
or her lifetime, and the charity will receive the remainder.
Private Annuities – A private annuity involving selling an asset to a third party
or family member, and then receiving lifetime income back as payment.
A property owner can accomplish this with real estate, a family business,
securities or other assets. Since the property owner is selling the property
and not giving it away, the transaction is not subject to the gift tax
and will not be part of a taxable estate upon death.
Trusts – There are many types of trust
s that can help a person minimize their
probate estate, lessening their estate tax liability. They are useful in allowing
spouses to each maximize their allotted exemption amount so the bulk of
their property goes to their children or other beneficiaries.
Our South Bay Estate Planning Attorneys Plan for the Future
These are only some of the options available to individuals to minimize
their estate tax liability. A qualified Torrance estate planning lawyer
will review your financial picture, explore all options available and
formulate a comprehensive estate tax plan so that your loved ones receive
the most from your lifetime of hard work and dedication.