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Dear Counselor: Will tax changes affect alimony?

Question: My wife and I divorced a couple of years ago, and I pay alimony. I recently heard that under the new tax plan, alimony will no longer be tax-deductible. Will I be able to reduce the amount of support that I pay if it’s no longer deductible? Do you know why the law was [...]

By |2018-08-03T16:17:24+00:00July 22nd, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: Will tax changes affect alimony?

Dear Counselor: Taking on the stepmother

Question: My mother passed away several years ago and left everything to my father. After my mother’s death, my father remarried a woman about his same age. My father recently passed away. I know that he made some estate plans with my stepmother, but he assured my brother and me that we would still be [...]

By |2018-08-03T16:18:01+00:00July 7th, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: Taking on the stepmother

Dear Counselor: Debts can live on after a death

Question: My husband passed away about six months ago after a long marriage. We owned a house together and shared some bank accounts. After he passed away, I went to the bank and notified them about his passing. They took his name off our bank account and put it in my name alone. My husband [...]

By |2018-08-03T16:15:35+00:00June 24th, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: Debts can live on after a death

Dear Counselor: Finders, keepers? It doesn’t work that way

Question: A friend of mine recently bought a house, and in doing some clean up and painting after closing, he found an antique toy tractor in the attic. It’s supposedly worth about $300; I assume the former owner simply forgot about it when moving her things out of the house. Then again, she may have [...]

By |2018-08-03T16:09:12+00:00May 26th, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: Finders, keepers? It doesn’t work that way

Dear Counselor: Whose tree is it, anyway?

Question: My neighbor has a large tree close to the property line separating our backyards. It is a nice-looking tree that provides some privacy screening between our two lots. The branches, however, hang over into my yard and are very close to the power line that crosses my property and services my home. I spoke [...]

By |2018-08-03T16:09:01+00:00May 12th, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: Whose tree is it, anyway?

Dear Counselor: A House Divided

Question: My sister and I inherited a small but valuable property in the Bay Area from our mother several years ago. It was my mother’s house that she bought and lived in since the 1960s. After she passed, my sister and I cleaned out the property and did some minor renovations. For the past several [...]

By |2018-08-03T16:08:48+00:00April 28th, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: A House Divided

Dear Counselor: Is It Any Of His Business?

Question: My ex-husband and I divorced a few years ago. He was a workaholic, and I think that caused a strain on our marriage that ultimately led to our divorce. We worked out a parenting plan where we would have “equal” custody of the children. I think that he insisted on an “equal” plan because [...]

By |2018-08-03T16:08:30+00:00April 14th, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: Is It Any Of His Business?

Dear Counselor: There Comes A Time To Move On

Question: My father passed away about a year ago, leaving all of his property in a living trust to my sister and me. I am the trustee. He lived in a fairly large house outside the Bay Area. My sister moved in with him several years ago out of necessity when she lost her job. [...]

By |2018-04-01T18:38:51+00:00April 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: There Comes A Time To Move On

Dear Counselor: California Looks Favorably on Job Mobility

Question: I have worked here for a national company for almost two decades. A competing business recently expressed an interest in what I can bring to the job at their company. They are also offering to pay me more in salary, and the benefits appear better. I am concerned that my current employer may take [...]

By |2018-04-01T18:38:31+00:00March 5th, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: California Looks Favorably on Job Mobility

Dear Counselor: Thorny Issues Around an Inheritance

Question: After my father died last year, I received notice that I was a beneficiary of a trust. The money in the trust was not really my father’s but rather an inheritance he received from his uncle. I have been processing the passing of my father and the family dynamics involved with that, and I [...]

By |2018-04-01T18:38:42+00:00February 18th, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: Thorny Issues Around an Inheritance