The subject of gay marriage drew a negative reaction from most U.S. residents in polls taken a decade ago. At the time, Pew Research Center reported a 58 percent opposition to same-sex marriage. A new survey shows a remarkable change in society. The gay marriage approval rate shot up to 49 percent.
Tara Tyson Kulukundis was never well-known for her acting talents in New York or Los Angeles. The off-broadway and bit-part television actress did enjoy some notoriety decades ago and lived a comfortable lifestyle, at least until the death of her husband Manuel Michael Kulukundis.
The advice of a friend or family member can be valuable, but there are times when what's right for someone else doesn't work for you. It's common practice in southern California to ask someone you trust for advice or a referral.
A surprising number of people in California and throughout the country give little thought to long-term financial planning. Young adults may be more concerned with wealth building than wills, trusts and estate administration.
Life improvements are almost always the subject of New Year's resolutions. The declarations to get fit, change relationships and improve career or financial prospects that are sincere on Dec. 31 often become diluted or forgotten by spring.
Everyday people are not the only ones who fail to plan future strategies for their assets. Famous people with great wealth including musicians and reclusive billionaires have been guilty of inadequate estate planning.
An article published in a California newspaper last summer led to a task force and a proposal that could change fees paid to conservators of the estates of dependent adults. Court officials in Santa Clara County are considering rules that would limit what court-appointed estate administration officials charge for services.
Voters are subjected to various risks regarding the upcoming presidential election. Estate administration and decisions would be lot easier if individuals, estate planners and California heirs knew what to expect from the candidates and the Internal Revenue Service.
Legal and money experts talk about covering all the bases for financial consequences before and after death. Estate planning can involve a few or many methods to preserve assets and control things we choose to leave to heirs. What about virtual belongings? Who gets those when we die?
Trusts can be essential to an estate plan. Individuals can spend a great deal of time deciding which assets are placed in a trust. Estate planning advisors say equal consideration should be given to choosing the fiduciary or trustees who will manage the trust.