Len Tillem, Vacaville Reporter

Len Tillem

Vacaville Reporter

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Past articles by Len:

Elder Law | Son wants to cash out an inherited IRA

Len Tillem died Jan. 13 at the age of 77. A few of his columns were still in the pipeline. Here’s is the first of them. → Read More

Elder Law | Revisit trust on a regular basis

The trust you created years ago may not be appropriate for you now. Don’t blame your lawyer. Things change. What was a good idea 15 years ago may not be such a good idea today. → Read More

Elder Law | Daughter walks through next steps for mother’s will – The Reporter

Perhaps more important, if she made her own will, it’s not very likely that she has a durable power of attorney or an advance health care directive. → Read More

Elder Law | Avoiding pitfalls when planning for the future

Dear Len & Rosie, My sister is planning to write her will and give her house to me upon her death. She already has advance directive. She nor I can afford to retain an attorney for their servic… → Read More

Elder Law | Using a trust for home can avoid probate

When my husband and I set up our own trust, our attorney advised us to retitle our house in the trust’s name. → Read More

Elder Law | Don’t wait to add wife’s name to home title – The Reporter

If your husband were to die before you get this taken care of, then the property will be subject to probate. → Read More

Elder Law | Couple decides what to include in their trust

If you die owning an automobile, your heirs can retitle it in their names at the DMV 40 days or more after your death. → Read More

Elder Law | Second husband’s will stuck in probate – The Reporter

He may have left all or part of his estate to his children, or he could have created a testamentary trust (a trust created by a will) for your mother’s lifetime benefit. → Read More

Elder Law | Estate plan still needed even for limited assets

The rule is simple – if your probate estate is worth under $166,250, probate is not required so a trust is not necessary for you to avoid probate. → Read More

Elder Law | Woman doesn’t want family notified of her death – The Reporter

I don’t want any of my immediate family notified of my death. Is there way to prevent this from occurring? → Read More

Elder Law | Considering adding sister-in-law to checking account

I want to add her name to my checking account as a joint tenant so she will have immediate access to enough money to pay my bills. → Read More

Elder Law | Creating a trust is only half the job

For your trust to work as advertised, it must be funded with your assets. → Read More

Elder Law | Wife wants to be cared if husband dies first

This is a common theme in blended families when either or both spouses have children from a prior relationship. → Read More

Elder Law | For parents’ property, Feb. 15 is important date – The Reporter

Your parents can still transfer property to you under the old Prop 58 rules, as long as the deeds are recorded on or before that date. → Read More

Elder Law | For parents’ property, Feb. 15 is important date – The Reporter

Your parents can still transfer property to you under the old Prop 58 rules, as long as the deeds are recorded on or before that date. → Read More

Elder Law | Mother should get prenup to ensure inheritance for children

Dear Len & Rosie, I am a single mom, engaged to be married. I also own a house that I am making payments on. My oldest daughter, who is 25 years old, is on the title of the home with me as join… → Read More

Elder Law | Parents still beneficiary after husband’s death – The Reporter

As a rule of thumb, whenever anyone gets married or registers as a domestic partner with the California Secretary of State, it’s time to take a look at all estate planning documents, including pens… → Read More

Elder Law | Father looks out for son in rehab

A trust like this can be flexible. You can give the trustee discretion to make or withhold payments directly to your son, or spend money for his benefit, depending on your son’s condition. → Read More

Elder Law | Avoiding a wild goose chase to find couple’s will – The Reporter

We have wills made out by a lawyer in 1984 who is no longer practicing. He either died or moved away; I don’t know which. What happened to our original wills that were on file in his law office? He… → Read More

Elder Law | Father looks out for wife, newborn

What you need are wills, and the cheapest way to get one is to get one for free. If you do an internet search for “California Statutory Will” you will find direct links to a free form will written … → Read More