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Whether you have estate planning or immigration needs, we are here to provide comprehensive help.
Planning for the future of your estate, especially if you are an immigrant, can be overwhelming. At North County Legal®, APC, we offer compassionate and knowledgeable immigration services coupled with collaborative estate planning counsel. Set up a consultation with our attorney in Carlsbad to start the process today. We are proud to serve individuals and families in the surrounding areas of Encinitas, San Marcos, Vista, and the rest of San Diego County.
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The estate tax is a tax separate from federal income taxes paid on the net value of all your assets owned at the time of your death. Estates under $12.06 million are not subject to the estate tax, but any assets above that amount are taxed at 40%.
At North County Legal, APC, I will walk you through a variety of advanced estate planning strategies to reduce your taxable estate. Visit my website to learn more about the estate tax and reach out to schedule a consultation.
When people utilize online services to do their estate planning, they often don’t realize that not all of the documents included are state specific. Different states have different rules for estate planning, so this should not be overlooked. An estate planning attorney may cost more in the short term, but in the long term it could save your estate tens of thousands of dollars in court fees. Visit my website to learn more or reach out today to get started on your estate planning.
One reason I believe the intersection of estate planning and immigration law is so important is that policies and laws are constantly shifting. New laws present new challenges. Working with an attorney who is prepared to find solutions to your unique estate planning needs can help you stay on top of the changes. Read my blog at the link below to learn more.
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Attorneys can often be aloof and difficult to reach. At North County Legal, APC, that should never be your experience. We strive to be accessible and approachable because we understand that whatever legal matter you are facing is frustrating. Whether you come to us with an immigration matter, estate planning need, or both, we will be a simple phone call away. Reach out to us today to get started.
Immigrating to the United States can be an overwhelming process, but an immigration attorney can help make the process go smoother. At North County Legal, APC, we have extensive experience representing clients with immigration matters. We are prepared to work with you to accurately evaluate your case, spot potential issues, make sure your case is proceeding in a timely manner, and help reduce your stress. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation.
As technology becomes more relevant to our daily lives, one interesting dilemma is how to account for digital assets in an estate plan. At first, it can seem complicated and overwhelming, but an estate planning attorney can help you successfully include your digital assets such as accounts or photos. To learn more about how digital assets can be worked into an estate plan, visit our blog or give us a call today.
This year, National love your lawyer day falls on November 4, 2022. Don’t forget to show your lawyer some love!
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The office took a much needed break today to enjoy coffee and some cats. Love Cat & Craft. So glad it’s just a block from the office.
Happy Halloween from North County Legal, APC!
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Here are just a few quick facts to help you get to know attorney Clare Corado:
✔️ She received her B.S. from Purdue University and her J.D. from Indiana University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude
✔️ She has been practicing immigration law since 2013 and enjoys “using her nerd powers for good” by leveraging more obscure areas of the law for her client’s benefit
✔️ She has been published in the New York Times and appeared as an immigration expert on Telemundo, the CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor, and Fox
✔️ She’s the author of The Green Card Guidebook: What You Must Know if You’re Falling Hopelessly in Love with a Foreigner
✔️ Prior to joining North County Legal, APC she founded and managed an immigration firm that was twice honored on the Law Firm 500 list of fastest growing firms in the country
Not everyone born overseas must go through the naturalization process to become a U.S. citizen. Some people are born U.S. citizens even if they are born on foreign soil because they have citizen parents.
At North County Legal, APC, I help clients understand the naturalization process, and I will work with you and your unique situation as you seek U.S. citizenship. Call me today to get started.
When you move from one state to another, it is important to have your estate plan reviewed by an estate planning attorney who is familiar with your new state’s laws. Each state has specific laws regarding estate planning, and you want to be sure your documents are up to date.
To learn about the changes you may need to make when you move states, visit my blog. For assistance updating or establishing your estate plan in California, call North County Legal, APC today.
We are happy we could help you and your wife, Muhammad!
For the purpose of family-based immigration, the following are considered immediate relatives:
✔️ The spouse of a U.S. citizen
✔️ Unmarried children under the age of 21 of a U.S. citizen
✔️ The parent of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years old
When considering the family-based immigration process for you or a family member, it is important to work with an immigration attorney who is experienced with the process. Reach out to us at North County Legal, APC to schedule a consultation.
Individuals with high net-worth must deal with several complex legal and tax issues. One example is the estate tax, which is a tax paid on the net value of all your assets owned at the time of your death. This tax applies to estates worth over $11.7 million. An estate planning attorney can help you understand your options using a variety of advanced strategies to reduce your taxable estate, such as:
➡️ Life Insurance Trusts
➡️ Irrevocable Trusts
➡️ Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts
➡️ Charitable Trusts
Reach out to us at North County Legal, APC to discuss your unique situation and see how we may be able to help.
A prenuptial agreement can be a useful document for some couples to protect their separate assets in the case of a divorce. While a prenuptial agreement is necessary for some couples, for others, a revocable trust may be a better option.
A skilled estate planning attorney can help you understand your options and whether a prenuptial agreement is right for you and your future spouse. Read our blog to learn more or reach out to us at North County Legal, APC today.
Thank you for your kind words, Lian! Helping make stressful processes easier for our clients is something we are proud to do.
When clients come to us with estate planning needs, our goal is to understand their wishes as to how they want everything to be handled in the event of their incapacity, disability, or death. Once we have drafted your estate plan, we will review it together to ensure your wishes were captured correctly.
If you are ready to begin the estate planning process, reach out today to work with an attorney who will help you reach your estate planning goals.
The passing of a loved one is an emotional situation. If you have been named the executor of their estate, you are now faced with the overwhelming task of administering the estate of your loved one. Thankfully, you don’t have to navigate this process alone.
At North County Legal, APC, we work closely with trustees, executors, and other advisors to ensure that nothing important is missed in the estate administration process. Reach out today to see how we may be able to help you.
Many people believe that once they have drafted their estate plan, they don’t have to deal with it again. Actually, it’s recommended that you review your estate plan annually. This can ensure that your estate plan is up to date and save your loved ones from a stressful situation upon your incapacitation or death.
To learn more about why it is important to keep your estate plan up to date, visit our blog. For assistance with your estate planning, reach out to us at North County Legal, APC today.
Thank you for your review, Daniel! I am happy to help you prepare for the future.
There are several reasons why U.S.-based employers sponsor business immigrants. Some examples include workers who show extraordinary ability in their field, outstanding professors or researchers, or multinational executives. While employers typically sponsor business immigrants based on demonstrated need, some immigrants may self-petition if they meet the criteria for “extraordinary ability” in their field, or if their entry would be in the “national interest.”
To learn more about business immigration, visit my website. If you are considering business immigration to the United States, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at North County Legal, APC today.
Throughout life, you pay sales tax, state and federal income tax, property tax, and more. You would think that when you die you are done paying taxes, but this isn’t always the case. While California does not have a state estate tax, estates are still subject to federal estate taxes. This means that every dollar you own over the estate tax exemption amount at the time of your death will be taxed.
Thankfully, a skilled estate planning attorney can work with you to reduce or even avoid federal estate taxes entirely. At North County Legal, APC, I have experience in helping clients with advanced estate planning strategies to reduce taxable estates, and I am prepared to help you.
While many young people think that they don’t need an estate plan, there are several reasons why you are never too young for one. One reason is that in the event of incapacitation, you need someone who is appointed to make important decisions for you. Having an estate plan could keep your loved ones out of court and ensure you are properly cared for.
To learn more about why young people need estate plans, read my blog.
Thank you, Dave! I am happy to make the tedious process of preparing your estate plan easier for you.
While it is possible to use an online service to create a “do-it-yourself” estate plan at a relatively low cost, there are several downsides to using these services. First, estate planning documents are state-specific, and not all of these DIY plans include state-specific documents. Another thing to consider is that these services mainly provide fill-in-the-blank forms, and you could end up with a false sense of security.
Using a licensed estate planning attorney is your best option for ensuring that your estate plan is comprehensive and your best interests are considered. Schedule a consultation with me today to discuss your specific needs.
In honor of June being Pride month, NCL wanted to bring awareness to the importance of updating your estate plan as an LGBTQ+ member:
While estate planning is important for any person regardless of their personal identifications, there are some significant aspects of estate planning for any person that identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Having an updated estate plan will ensure the protection and provision for your beloved partner and/or spouse. Estate planning is critical for all members of the LGBTQ+ community.
While same-gender marriage is legal in all 50 states, there are still harsh prejudices that occur within families that can create complications for both married and unmarried LGBTQ+ couples. An outdated or incomplete estate plan combined with unsupportive family members will only create multiple complications and increased risks when it comes to incapacitation or the eventual death of you or your partner. To make matters worse, if you and your partner are unmarried with an outdated or incomplete estate plan, you or your partner would not hold any rights or protections in the case of your incapacitation or death.
In order to avoid these unfortunate and seemingly unfair situations, you must begin with a will. However, please note that a will is not enough to fully protect you or your partner from incapacitation (especially if you are unmarried and in a committed relationship). You may refer to this blog to read more about why a will is a good start, but not enough. With a will alone, you and your partner are at risk for your will being contested, probate, and severe complications in the event of incapacitation. If any family members are not in support of your relationship, your partner could be at risk for being removed from your home address, no longer allowed to make financial or medical decisions for you, and inevitable court cases (probate or if your will becomes contested) which is very time-consuming, expensive, and emotionally draining for your partner.
So, what else do you need if a will alone does not suffice?
A living trust would be the next step in the estate planning process. You should be sure to leave all desired assets in a trust that your partner is able to control and access. This would ensure that your assets are protected from any future complications like creditors and/or unexpected lawsuits. In this trust you must also prepare for potential incapacitation. You should name the person you would like to make your financial, legal, and medical decisions in the event of your incapacitation. You would mark this person as your medical power of attorney and durable financial power of attorney. Be sure to provide your partner with an HIPAA authorization so they can have access to your medical records and be best equipped to make the best decisions for you. If this is not in place, it becomes the court’s job to appoint the person to make these crucial decisions on your behalf. If the court appointed someone in your family against your relationship, your partner could be left out of these important decisions along with the potential circumstance where your partner would be denied the right to visit you in the hospital. Even if you are married, it is not a guarantee that your spouse would have the entire legal authority to make these important decisions for you. To ensure your partner/spouse has the ability to make these decisions for you, you must grant them the legal authority to do so using medical power of attorney and durable financial power of attorney.
In order to set up the most efficient and effective estate plan for you and your partner, you need to create a living will, living trust, and name your medical power of attorney and durable financial power of attorney. To get started, contact us here at North County Legal. We work to support you through creating an estate plan that accurately reflects both of your desires in the event of death or potential incapacity.
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