Community Property vs Common Law Property

There are basically two types of property law in the United States.  One is common law property, which is based on British law, and the other is community property law, which is based on Spanish law.  Those states where the Spanish influence was strong tended to become

Step-Up in Basis

Some methods of avoiding probate can cost your heirs tens of thousands of dollars if you don’t take into account the tax savings available through using the step-up in basis. Step-up in basis is tax terminology that many people know about, but don’t understand in the context