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Retirement Plan and IRA Changes

Congress passes last minute tax changes...

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New California Legislation Protecting At-Risk Adults From Predatorial Care Custodians

A dependent adult is defined as an adult of any age who cannot provide properly for his or her basic needs. This includes difficulty managing finances and/or resisting fraud and undue influence by a trusted party.

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Electronic Wills–Governor Vetoes Florida’s Electronic Will Statute (Part II)

In 2017, the Florida Legislature approved House Bill 277 promulgating the new Florida Electronic Wills Act (FEWA). The FEWA authorizes the creation of electronic wills and provides that the execution of electronic wills may be witnessed and notarized through the use of remote technology. The Act also specifies that electronic wills for residents, as well as non-residents, may be probated in Florida.

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Don’t Defer Planning Your Estate Because The Estate Tax Might Be Repealed

In 2001, when the estate tax exemption was $675,000 and George W. Bush was President, Congress “repealed” the estate tax. But the repeal was phased in over ten years and was then scheduled to last for only one year. Instead of actual repeal, what we got, under President Obama, was a reinstated estate tax with a much higher exemption of $5 million, indexed for inflation. The Republican party now controls both houses of Congress as well as the White House, and we are again hearing calls for repeal of the estate tax.

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Aid in Dying

Should Colorado enact legislation to allow physicians to aid terminally ill patients in dying? In response to one Colorado man's plea to legislators prior to his death on March 6th, Colorado State Rep. Lois Court, D-Denver, may be looking into the issue for the next legislative session. Mr. Selsberg was suffering from ALS and choose to end his life on his own terms, before succumbing to the disease. Mr. Selsberg is not alone; more and more terminally ill patients are taking on the medical establishment and choosing to die rather than to fight for a life in which they foresee continued suffering, pain and loss of dignity. Currently five states - Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont and New Mexico, have constitutional laws allowing physicians to assist terminally ill patients in dying; and three other states - Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, are reportedly working on legislation. Colorado lawmakers rejected legislation twice in the mid 1990s, but it remains to be seen whether Colorado voters are supportive of a measure to allow for terminably ill patients to receive assistance in dying.

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