Category Archives: Estate Planning 101

A series of entries on a variety of fundamental estate planning topics from what happens if you don’t have a Will to what exactly a trust is.

Estate Planning for H-1B Workers: Part 2 – The US Death Tax and you.

mixture-69523_640If you are a in the US on an H-1B visa and have more than $60,000 in assets here, keep reading.  The United States Federal Estate Tax applies to you.  The tax will apply differently to you based on whether you intend to return to your home country or already consider the US home and you plan to stay.  Either way, the tax is very likely more a significant issue than you realize.  Planning is appropriate.  Continue reading Estate Planning for H-1B Workers: Part 2 – The US Death Tax and you.

Estate Planning for H-1B Workers: Part 1 – If my child is born here, is he a US Citizen?

baby-710360_1280Many people who are highly educated citizens of foreign nations come to work in the United States on a temporary basis on H-1B visas.  The H-1B visa allows an individual from another country with at least a bachelor’s degree (or significant experience) to come to work here in the United States in a “specialty occupation.”

The question has come up as to the citizenship of a child born here while the parents are technically only present here temporarily for work. Continue reading Estate Planning for H-1B Workers: Part 1 – If my child is born here, is he a US Citizen?

Probate and Trust Bill Headed for Haslam’s Desk

Update: Read Public Chapter No. 290 here.

SA0426 which revises a number of areas of the Wills, Trusts and Probate statutes has cleared the Tennessee Senate and is headed to the Governor’s desk.  This bill updates law in the following areas:

Why your 18 year old needs a power of attorney.

I covered this in an earlier post, but I was just speaking to a friend this morning about it and thought I would share it again.  Click here to read why your adult child desperately needs to have a medical power of attorney.

Stay Tuned.

Rob Malin

Divorced? It is time to update…

soapboxLet me guess.  The last person you want to see after a divorce is me, another dad-gum lawyer.  I don’t blame you.

However, before you say that, know this: your designated beneficiary did not change just because you got a divorce.  Here I am referring to life insurance, retirement accounts such as 401(k)’s and IRAs, and anything that allows you to name a beneficiary.  If you did not change your beneficiaries after you got a divorce, then your ex-spouse probably gets everything if something happens to you.

In both Arkansas and Tennessee, provisions to an ex-spouse are revoked.  This is not the case in Mississippi.  In Mississippi, the provisions for the ex-spouse remain and he or she takes whatever you may have left them—perhaps everything.

No matter where you live, it is still time to revise your Will.  Had a knowledgeable probate judge not been on the bench when Lorenzen Wright’s ex-spouse walked into probate court with his Will that left her everything, she might have been appointed in control of his estate.  In fact, she tried.  Order opening estate of Lorenzen Wright

Now you’re thinking (perhaps cynically)—there’s nothing left to get. Ok. Even if that’s true now, that may not be true five or ten years from now.

When will you update if not now?

Its time for an update.

Stay Tuned.

Rob Malin