Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Bradley v. Gilbert & Kelly v. Human Rts Campaign (Cal. Ct. App. - April 1, 2009)

What is it about this date? Both of the opinions published by the Court of Appeal today (one from the Second District, here, and one from the Third, here) deal with disputes involving $1M+ estates. I'd expect that on, say, All Soul's Day, but not April 1. We should be thinking about fun and merriment, not death and the fact that (1) we can't take it with us, and (2) our heirs will likely fight about the spoils.

Plus, as long as we're talking about our ultimate fate, don't forget to make sure you don't die this year. Especially if you're wealthy, since next year's a freebie for estate tax purposes.

Don't think you can help it, or that avoiding the tax man can't help keep you alive? Think again.