Selling a Home Privately Can Help Preserve Assets

Real estate agents typically charge 6% of the sale value of the home. In King County, Washington the average price of a home is roughly $627,000.  That is a commission of $37,620 for the realtor and it is separate from the other estate taxes and fees which might be...

Unlimited Marital Tax Deductions and Foreign-Born Spouses

According to the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau Report, “11.4 million married couple households, or 21 percent of all married-couple households in America in 2011, had at least one spouse born in another country.  About 13 percent (7.3 million) of households had two foreign...

Protecting Expedited Naturalization Under INA 319(b)

INA 319(b) provides a faster naturalization option for Lawful Permanent Resident spouses who are married to U.S. citizens who work abroad. The physical and continuous residence requirements are waived, allowing applicants who meet the criteria to apply from abroad and...

Opening Your First Estate Account

After you get your Letters of Administration as the Administrator or Executor of the Estate, you will need to set up a separate checking account for the estate with a banker.  When ordering checks, consider that the expenses will not be ongoing.  You’ll need enough...

Trend Towards More Scrutiny at U.S. Borders and Consulates

Scrutiny at the border and consulates is tighter following Trump’s revised travel ban. Foreign travelers can expect detailed questions about their backgrounds. For those travelers who were present in an area when it was controlled by an Islamic State (ISIS), the...