Menlo Park Kiwanis Club awards $55,000 in scholarships to Menlo-Atherton High School seniors. John C. Martin is scholarship chair. Read about it here: http://inmenlo.com/2017/05/25/menlo-park-kiwanis-club-awards-55000-in-scholarships-to-menlo-atherton-high-school-seniors/
We are pleased to announce that John C. Martin, Esq. will be speaking in an upcoming Strafford live webinar, “Structuring QDOTs for Non-Citizen and Nonresident Spouses: Deferring Tax Through Qualified Domestic Trusts” scheduled for Tuesday, May 9, 10:00am-11:30am PDT. Our panel will provide estate planning counsel advisers with a thorough and practical guide to the rules […]
Join John C. Martin for two upcoming live radio appearances. The first will be this Saturday at 3:15PM PST with Michael Finney of Channel 7 News on KGO Radio, 810 AM. The program will discuss proposed changes to Proposition 13. The second will be live broadcast on both NPR and KALW 91.7 FM from 7PM to […]
Listen to John Martin’s NPR / KALW interview on Proposition 13, property taxes, and passing a residence from parent to child.
On Wednesday, February 1st at 7PM, John Martin will appear in a radio program with Chuck Finney, called “Know Your Legal Rights”. The station is 91.7 FM, KALW, and listeners can also live stream from the website: http://kalw.org/programs/your-legal-rights#stream/0 During the program, John Martin will talk about ways to preserve a Proposition 13 property tax basis […]
PLR 201551008 Under current law, the executor of a Decedent’s estate must timely file Form 706 to elect portability of a deceased spouse’s unused exemption amount. The ultimate tax savings of a timely portability election can be significant, effectively doubling the available estate tax exemption amount (from about $5.4 Million to $10.8 Million). For example, suppose a […]
Effective January 1, 2016, California AB 139 creates the new Revocable Transfer on Death Deeds (RTODDs). This pilot program, effective until January 1, 2021, gives individuals the power to automatically transfer property on death to a named beneficiary with a simple statutory form. RTODDs are intended to allow property owners to avoid probate, and transfer property at death without […]
We would like to congratulate the five Menlo-Atherton High School seniors that are receiving scholarships totaling $23,500 from the Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park, where John serves as Scholarship Chair. More information on the recipients of the awards available at AlmanacNews.com.
If no one contacts Facebook to alert the company of that you have passed, your profile will remain active indefinitely. Facebook doesn’t delete inactive accounts without notification. Facebook has established three options for your account when you have passed away: 1) Memorializing the account, 2) Removing the account and 3) Designation of a Legacy Contact […]
We are pleased to announce that as of August 1, 2014, the California Board of Legal Specialization has certified John C. Martin, Esq. as a legal specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, & Probate Law. This title is held by less than half of one percent (.5%) of practicing attorneys in California, and by only about three percent (3%) […]
Today, the Supreme Court ruled in Clark v. Rameker that inherited IRAs cannot be excluded from the bankruptcy estate using the “retirement funds” exemption under 11 U.S.C. 522(b)(3)(C). The full text of the Supreme Court’s opinion is available here. This has important implications in estate planning, particularly when determining whether to name individual beneficiaries or an accumulation […]
“We talked to John amidst the beautiful Noble fir trees that are being sold at the Menlo Park Kiwanis Christmas tree lot on El Camino adjacent to Stanford University. He is currently President of the Kiwanis Club, but it is the Kiwanis Club Foundation that benefits from the lot’s tree sales. The Foundation focuses on […]