Should I Have an Advanced Directive?

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: Estate Planning

During the course of a lifetime, we make millions of decisions. Many of those decisions are relatively unimportant; however, some of them change the direction of our lives. We all take the ability to make...

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Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) – Lawyer & Author Erle Gardner was an American lawyer and author of detective stories, like his best-selling Perry Mason series. He attended law school for approximately one month, then settled in California where he became a self-taught attorney and passed the state bar exam in 1911. He opened his own law office in Merced, California, then worked for five years for a sales agency. In 1921, he returned to the practice of law, creating the firm of Sheridan, Orr, Drapeau and Gardner in Ventura, California. Gardner later gave up the practice of law to devote full-time to writing. Even though Gardner gained popularity with his detective series, consider what happened to his estate. 35% Shrinkage of the Estate $1,795,092 Gross Estate $ 636,705 Total Settlement Cost $1,158,387 Final Estate Value Erle Gardner was a famous author, but even well-known authors an fail to properly plan. If you want to minimize your estate planning taxes and/or avoid the probate process, then contact The Mendel Law Firm, L.P. for a free initial consultation on estate planning, trust planning, and/or probate issues.

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: General

Philip Berber (1958- ) – Businessman & Philanthropist Philip Berber is an Irish millionaire and philanthropist. Berber attended University College Dublin and graduated with a Business Communication degree. In 1984, he set up a high-tech...

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When Does a Trust End or Terminate?

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: Estate Planning, Trusts

If you are considering the addition of a trust to your estate plan you will have numerous decisions to make when creating your trust. Many of those decisions will dictate what type of trust you...

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Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: General

Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) – Lawyer & Author Erle Gardner was an American lawyer and author of detective stories, like his best-selling Perry Mason series. He attended law school for approximately one month, then settled...

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Can You Gift Money Each Year to Your Children Tax-Free?

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: Tax

One common goal of estate planning, aside from deciding who will receive your estate assets when you die, is tax avoidance. Failing to consider the impact of gift and estate taxes on your estate plan...

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Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: General

John Paul Jones DeJoria (1944- ) – Businessman & Philanthropist John Paul DeJoria is an American billionaire businessman and philanthropist best known as a co-founder of the Paul Mitchell line of hair products and The...

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Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: General

Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959) – Film Director & Producer Cecil DeMille was an American film director and film producer in both silent and sound films. DeMille began his career as a stage actor in 1900....

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Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: General

Eli Broad (1933- ) – Businessman & Philanthropist Graduating cum laude from Michigan State University, with a degree in accounting, Eli Broad went on to become the youngest Michigan resident to have attained the credentials...

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