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Manya Deva Natan
Manya Deva Natan is a California Bar Certified attorney with the law firm of SSS Legal & Consultancy Services located in Calabasas, CA. Her practice focuses on International Estates, Trusts and Estates, Asset Protection, Trust Administration, and more. Manya received her law degree from Stanford University, as well as a Master's in International Affairs from Columbia University. She has completed extensive course-work and training in the areas of mental, physical, and emotional health, including being a published author. She is the founder of two publishing-based companies related to health and wellness and has particular interest in the legal and financial components of health and their importance in integrated health. She has appeared multiple times on Good Morning America and is regularly contacted by national media outlets for commentary.
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Life Insurance and Estate Planning: Protecting Your Beneficiaries’ Interests

One misconception people have about life insurance is that naming beneficiaries is all you have to do to ensure the ...

How You Can Build an Estate Plan that Includes Asset Protection – Part 2

Divorce One of the last things you want to have happen to the nest egg you’ve saved is for your children ...

How You Can Build an Estate Plan that Includes Asset Protection – Part 1

Much of estate planning has to do with the way a person’s assets will be distributed upon their death. But ...

5 Reasons to Embrace the Emotional Nature of Estate Planning

When you hear the phrase “estate plan,” you might first think about paperwork. Or your mind might land on some ...

How to Build Freedom From Court Interference Into Your Estate Plan

It’s clear why you might want to avoid court involvement in your estate for financial reasons, knowing that probate can ...

Do It Now: Name a Guardian for Your Minor Child(ren)

We know it’s hard. Thinking about someone else raising your children stops us all in our tracks. It feels crushing ...

New Legislation Could Mean the End of Estate and GSTT Taxes

What This Means for You and Your Family On January 24, 2017, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017, or H.R ...

A Powerful Exercise to Surface the Values You Want to Pass on to the Next Generation

Every one of us receives and passes on an inheritance. The inheritance may not be an accumulation of earthly possessions ...

How to Choose a Trustee

When you establish a trust, you name someone to be the trustee. A trustee does what you do right now ...

Who Should Be Your Successor Trustee?

If you have a revocable living trust, you probably named yourself as trustee so you can continue to manage your ...

Caution: Your Traditional Asset Protection Plan is Set Up to Fail

You may be surprised to learn that you already have asset protection in place. In fact, you probably have one ...

The Top 2 Ways the Court Gets Involved in Your Estate, and How to Avoid Them

No one wants unnecessary court involvement in their life. But without careful and proactive estate planning, chances are that some ...

AB Trusts – Do You Need to Get Rid of Yours?

Are you married and is the last time you and your spouse updated your estate plan more than a few ...

The Shocking Truth About Asset Protection Planning

Some view asset protection planning with a skeptical eye. They believe there is a moral obligation to pay one’s debts. They think ...

Who Needs an Estate Plan?

If you’re reading this, you need an estate plan. Why? The short answer is “Everyone, age 18 and older needs ...

How to Pick a Trustee, Executor, and Agent Under a Power of Attorney

While the term fiduciary is a legal term with a long history, it very generally means someone who is legally ...

Better to Play it Safe: Proactive Estate Planning and Cognitive Impairment

Most financially savvy individuals begin planning their estate when they’re in peak mental shape. The idea that this might change ...

Got Stuff? George Carlin Says You Need An Estate Plan!

George Carlin would have been a great pitchman for estate planning. You may remember his stand-up routine on “stuff.” We ...

How to Align Insurance with Your Estate Plan

If you’re like most folks, you use a variety of insurance products to manage risk and protect you, your family, ...

The Real Life Perils of Online and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Estate Planning

With the number of online and do-it-yourself (DIY) legal providers continuing to grow and advertise heavily, you may be wondering ...

The Value of Having a “Life Plan” in Estate Planning

All too often, estate planning is viewed as a transaction; just sign here, here, and here on a document: will, ...

Why Does a Living Trust Cost More than a Will?

Yes, you will likely invest more in trust-based planning than will-based planning because you get a whole lot more value ...

Impacts of the Trump Presidency on Estate Planning: Your Quick Guide

It’s official — the Electoral College voted on December 19, 2016, essentially completing the 2016 presidential election cycle. With that ...

How to Avoid High Octane Stress and Organize Information for Your Family

Think, for just a few moments, about what would happen if you suddenly became incapacitated or died. Would your spouse ...

Will You Make these 5 Tragic Yet Common Estate Planning Mistakes?

We see tragedy on a day-to-day basis because good, caring folks make these horrid estate planning mistakes regularly. Will you?   1 ...

Why Factoring Long-Term Care Into Your Estate Plan Pays Off

For most people, thinking about estate planning means focusing on what will happen to their money after they pass away ...

Till Death Do Us Part, Too: Estate Planning Tips for Commitment Without Marriage

Advice columnist Ann Landers once observed that “love is friendship that has caught fire.” If that’s true, there are thousands ...

Why Your Estate Planning Project Must Morph into a Process

Many people put their estate plan on their to-do list as a one-time project: “Create estate plan” or “Meeting with ...

Make Estate Planning Your New Year’s Resolution

The holidays are here. It’s also a good time to get started with some Old Year end and New Year ...

529 Plan Misunderstandings

Providing for grandchildren’s college expenses is becoming an important estate planning goal for many families. Many people see it as ...

A Few Words on Perpetual Trusts

Most people struggle to plan their financial futures beyond the next decade, while those with money and foresight are likely ...

Check Your Estate Planning List Twice

During this festive time of year, dwelling on estate planning may seem like a bit of a downer. Yet the ...

When Are Charitable Gifts Delivered?

With the holiday season upon us, the charitable giving season is also upon us. Charitable giving is important not only ...

Longevity Causing Estate Planning Problems

People are living longer and longer than they used to. While that is a great thing, it is beginning to ...

Is a Financial Plan Enough? Why Experts Say You Need an Estate Plan, too

If you want to leave a robust financial legacy for your family, a financial plan alone is like trying to ...

3 Famous Pet Trust Cases and the Lessons We Can Learn from Them

Not long ago, pet trusts were thought of as little more than eccentric things that famous people did for their ...

Becoming a Successor Trustee

When a trustee passes away or becomes incapacitated, someone else has to take over the trust. This new trustee is ...

3 Celebrity Probate Disasters and Lessons to Learn from Them

With all the wealth accumulated by the rich and famous, one would assume that celebrities would take steps to protect ...

Your Estate Planning Binder: Tips for Proper Care and Maintenance

You finally crossed “getting your estate plan done” off your list, and you’ve (rightly) breathed a huge sigh of relief ...

Did you include your grandkids in your will? 5 Tips to Avoid Common Problems

As we build wealth, we naturally desire to pass that financial stability to our offspring. With the grandkids, especially, we ...

5 Things Every New Mother Needs to Know About Wills

As a new mother, you naturally want to ensure your new baby’s future in every way. For many new mothers, ...

Want to Give the Kids an Early Inheritance? 4 Things to Consider

If you’re thinking about giving your children their inheritance early, you’re not alone. A recent Merrill Lynch study suggests that these ...

A Trust Is Still a Good Idea

Up until a few years ago, a common estate-planning technique included the use of irrevocable trusts to own life insurance ...

Need I Be Spoiled to Have a Trust?

Mention a trust, and the first thing most people think of is a spoiled kid living off an inherited fortune ...

Family Values and History Are Still the Best Inheritance

According to a recent study, family values, traditions and history still mean more than money as an inheritance. (more…) ...

5 Mistakes Made by Successor Trustees (and How to Prevent Them)

When establishing a trust, you need to give serious thought to choosing your successor trustee—the person who will administer your ...

3 Tips for Overwhelmed Executors

While it is an honor to be named as an executor of a will or estate, it can also be ...

Using Estate Sales

In an estate sale personal property in an estate is sold off at auction. These sales are becoming increasingly popular ...

The Importance of Signing Legal Documents

Most legal documents need a signature to be effective. The importance of this is illustrated by a case in Australia ...

Why You Need an Ethical Will

Many people today are choosing to have two wills. One will is a traditional will that decrees how property should ...

Different Types of Trusts

While all trusts share some similarities, there are many different types of trusts that you can use as part of ...

Passing Down a Private Foundation

Many wealthy people create private foundations as a way to continue using their wealth to support causes they believe in ...

Inheritance Stolen after Social Media Posts Made about It

While many people prefer to keep their financial affairs private, there are others who have no problem letting the entire ...

Estate Planning for Widows

Anytime someone loses a spouse, it is important that the surviving spouse’s estate plan be revisited. As it turns out, ...

Documents Needed in Estate Planning

A well-planned estate is a wonderful legacy you can leave your heirs — instead of untangling a messy estate, they ...

Silly Questions? Not When It Comes to Your Will

It’s something parents shudder to think about: a will. That’s probably why more than half of Americans with children do ...

Alternatives to a Reverse Mortgage

If you’re 62 or older, you may be able to convert the equity in your home into cash with a ...

Why Do You Need a Will?

This article gives the example of a businessman who had named his son as the nominee in all his investments ...

Can You Trust Your Doctor with Your Will?

Doctors are normally viewed as trustworthy. We trust them with our lives. A lawsuit in New York suggests that it ...

Now That’s Awkward!

An awkward part of estate planning is telling your kids how much — or how little — they'll get. Here's ...

The Basics of Estate Planning

Too often, the need for the most basic estate-planning documents is overlooked or misunderstood. While many people would admit they ...

Who Gets What?

The murkiest part of estate planning is discussing when and how to distribute your assets to your heirs. This process ...

Where There’s a Will …

There are a multitude of mistakes that people make when it comes to putting together their wills.  These include naming ...

Just One Question: What is Estate Planning?

What is estate planning? Do you think it is only for the rich? One of the greatest gifts you can ...

Estate Planning Lessons from Hollywood

Celebrities seem to live a charmed life, but for all the advice they can buy, they’re still not immune to ...

Keep Up Financially with the Changing Seasons

As the summer comes to an end and we head into the fall, a parallel can be drawn between the ...

Estate Planning Is No Saturday Morning Project!

Americans, by and large, are do-it-yourselfers. Information abounds to help us tackle all kinds of situations -- including estate planning ...

Over 70% of Elvis Presley’s Estate Paid in Taxes & Fees: How Can You Avoid the Same Trap?

Did you know that the legendary singer and actor, Elvis Presley, earned over a billion dollars throughout his somewhat short ...

Warning: Don’t Let Creditors Inherit from You

Shocking to most people, the retirement account you leave for your spouse can be seized in a divorce, lawsuit, or ...

Caution: Creditors Now Have Easy Access to Inherited IRAs

Do you have IRAs or other retirement accounts that you plan to leave to your loved ones?  If so, proceed ...

Investment, Insurance, Annuity, and Retirement Planning Considerations

If your clients choose to use a Standalone Retirement Trust (SRT) to provide asset protection benefits for their beneficiaries, then ...

HELP! This Probate Is Taking Forever!!!

After a loved one dies, her estate must be settled. While most people want the settlement process to be done ...

Nosey Neighbor Nellie Can Find Out About Your Probate. Really.

Most people think of probate as a private process. However, since wills are filed at the courthouse, probated estates become ...

How to Make Your Inheritance Last

A 2012 study by Ohio State researcher Jay Zagorsky found that about one-third of Americans who receive an inheritance have ...

Keep Up Financially with the Changing Seasons

As the summer season will eventually come to an end and we head into the fall, a parallel can be ...

5 Reasons Why Uncle Bill May Not Make a Good Trustee

If you have created a dynasty trust that you intend to last for decades into the future, choosing the right ...

Estate Planning Is No Saturday Morning Project!

Americans, by and large, are do-it-yourselfers. Information abounds to help us tackle all kinds of situations -- including estate planning ...

Who Gets What?

The murkiest part of estate planning is discussing when and how to distribute your assets to your heirs. This process ...

Where There’s a Will …

There are a multitude of mistakes that people make when it comes to putting together their wills.  These include naming ...

Kids: Don’t Fight!

Many people think sibling feuds only occur when we are young. In some cases this is true, but for some ...

Why Wait?

The number of Malaysians making wills has soared following the recent airline tragedies. An estate planning firm here has reported ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Will: 3 Critical Mistakes

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a drug overdose in February 2014. Sadly, he left behind three young children ...

Wills vs. Trusts: A Quick & Simple Reference Guide

Confused about the differences between wills and trusts? If so, you're not alone. While it's always wise to contact experts ...

Escape From a Bad Trust: 5 Strong Reasons to Decant Your Trust

When a bottle of wine is decanted, it's poured from one container into another. When a trust is decanted, trust ...

Irrevocable Trust Decanting in 4 Steps

We all need a "do over" from time to time. Life changes, the law changes, and professionals learn to do ...

3 Simple Ways to Avoid Probate Costs

The bad news: probated estates are subject to a variety of costs from attorneys, executors, appraisers, accountants, courts, and state ...

10 Types of Trusts: A Quick Look

Considering the myriad of trusts available, creating an estate plan that works can seem daunting. However, that's what we, as ...

Don’t Leave Your Trust Unguarded: 6 Key Ways a Trust Protector Can Help You

Trust protectors are a fairly new and commonly used protection in the United States. In short, a trust protector is ...

Wills, Trusts & Dying Intestate: How They Differ

Most people understand that having some sort of an estate plan is, as Martha Stewart would say, a "good thing." ...

How to Fix a Trust That Isn’t Getting Better With Age

While many wines get better with age, the same cannot be said for some irrevocable trusts. (more…) ...

3 Examples of When an Irrevocable Trust Can – and Should – Be Modified

Did you know that irrevocable trusts can be modified? If you didn't, you're not alone. (more…) ...

Blended Families Underscore the Need for Estate Planning

Anyone with children or modest assets should seriously consider some minimal estate planning, but the increasing number of blended families ...

Online and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Estate Planning

With the number of online and do-it-yourself (DIY) legal providers continuing to grow, some of individuals may be wondering if ...

Estate Planning After Divorce

One area that is often overlooked in the divorce process is the need to update estate planning. Most people would ...

5 Common Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

From time to time, it’s good to review why having a complete, up-to-date estate plan is so important. In addition ...

How to Choose a Trustee

When you establish a trust, you name someone to be the trustee. A trustee basically does what you do right ...

What’s On Your Worry List?

A comprehensive financial plan that is effectively executed delivers dollar savings in improved investment returns, lower taxes, lower fees, more ...

3 Ways to Minimize Estate Planning Fees

Today, it is impossible to put together even a simple estate plan without the assistance of an experienced estate planning ...

Financial Firms Roll Out Form Aimed at Stopping Financial Elder Abuse

With cases of financial exploitation of the elderly on the rise, advisors who work with older clients are looking for ...

Ensuring Income Tax Deferral for Retirement Plan Beneficiaries

Some of the most generous provisions of the tax code are those that permit beneficiaries of IRAs and other qualified ...

Potential Problems with Beneficiary Designations

Many clients use beneficiary designations, and for good reason. Some significant assets, including life insurance policies, IRAs, retirement plans and ...

Why You Should Name a Stand-Alone Retirement Trust as Beneficiary

Why You Should Name a Stand-Alone Retirement Trust as Beneficiary (For IRAs and Other Tax-Deferred Retirement Accounts) (more…) ...

Family Values and History Are Still the Best Inheritance

According to a recent study, family values, traditions and history still mean more than money as an inheritance. (more…) ...

Treating Children Fairly Does Not Necessarily Mean Equally

Most parents want to treat their children fairly in their estate planning, and many assume that means having their children ...

Four More Common Estate Planning Mistakes

Here are four more common mistakes in estate planning. If your plan is in place and current, this will serve ...

The Advisory Team Approach to Estate Planning

Estate planning is not simply the documents prepared by an attorney, nor is it the insurance and financial plan recommended ...

Estate Planning for Women

While estate planning is important for everyone, women especially need to understand estate planning and have a plan of their ...

Life Insurance: How Much and What Kind?

Life insurance can be an affordable way to provide for our children, spouse, a sibling, aging parents and others if ...

Naming a Guardian for Your Minor Child(ren)

Parents with minor children need to name someone to raise them (a guardian) in the event both parents should die ...

Planning For Incapacity and Long-Term Care

With people living longer due to advances in medicine and changes in lifestyle, odds are that most of us will ...

Facebook Founders Use Estate Planning Technique for $200 Million Tax-Free Transfer

Sometimes the planning of the rich and famous helps us better understand what mere mortals can accomplish through proper planning ...

Blended Families Underscore the Need for Estate Planning

Anyone with children or modest assets should seriously consider some minimal estate planning, but the increasing number of blended families ...

Advance Directives/Living Wills are a Critical Component of Estate Planning

March 31, 2012 marked the seventh anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo, the 41-year-old who succumbed after her feeding ...

Why Middle Class Kids May Actually Have An Edge Over Rich Kids

We usually look at wealth as something that can help a child get ahead, perhaps by paying for tutors and ...

How to Make a Family Meeting a Successful Part of the Estate Planning Process

You've made the hard decisions, your documents are signed, your trust is funded, a business succession plan is in place ...

Protecting Against Financial Fraud in Charitable Giving

Americans are very generous when it comes to charitable giving. In addition, lower earners give more proportionately than higher earners ...

Are You Wasting Money? Part Three: Taxes, Insurance, Not Bidding and/or Negotiating

So far in this series on wasting money, we have looked at how people may overpay for housing, interest, transportation, ...

Are You Wasting Money? Part Two: Food, Clothing and Entertainment

In Part One of this series on wasting money, we looked at housing, interest and transportation--areas in which you or ...

Are You Wasting Money? Part One: Housing, Interest, and Transportation

Most of us are guilty of wasting money in one way or another. Often we are so busy that we ...

Recovering Emotionally from Past Financial Errors

Most of us will admit to having made some financial mistakes we regret--running up credit card debt, impulse buying, or ...

How to Stop Worrying About Running Out of Money in Retirement

Many retirees today worry about having enough money for their retirement. Of special concern is if there will be enough ...

Understanding Losses: Property

Property insurance provides protection against most risks to property, such as fire, theft and some weather damage. However, if property ...

Wealth Protection: Avoiding Losses

You can't create wealth until you preserve it first. Each dollar lost unnecessarily isn't just a single dollar lost, but ...

Understanding Losses: Compounding Interest

Most investors are familiar with the magic of compounding interest but they often fail to realize that when the portfolio ...

If You Die Without a Will, Does Your Spouse Inherit Your Entire Estate?

If you are married and you die without a Last Will and Testament, you may mistakenly believe that your spouse ...

Who’s Going to Get It: Do You Really Know the Beneficiaries of Your Dynasty Trust?

Today many estate plans contain irrevocable dynasty trusts that will continue for the benefit of a spouse's lifetime and then ...

Five Things You Need to Know About the Recently Enacted ABLE Act

On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act) into law. The ABLE ...

How to Choose the Right Agent for Your Incapacity Plan

A common misconception is that estate planning equates to death planning. But planning for what happens after you die is ...

Is a Payable on Death Account Right for You and Your Family?

Payable on death accounts, or "POD accounts" for short, have become popular for avoiding probate in the last decade or ...

Caution: Writing Your Own Deed to Avoid Probate Can Lead to Unintended Consequences

One common way to avoid probate of real estate after the owner dies is to hold the title to the ...

Baltimore Register of Wills Can’t Find Her Father’s Original Last Will, Will Your Family Be Able to Find Yours?

While it's not unusual for an original last will and testament to be misplaced, it is when your daughter happens ...

Where is the Best Place to Store Your Original Estate Planning Documents?

Estate planning attorneys are often asked where original estate planning documents - wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives ...

The Lifetime QTIP Trust: Or (How to Maintain Control of Your Estate and Keep Spouse No. 2 Happy)

Estate planning for couples in a second or later marriage who have disproportionate estates can be tricky. One solution for ...

Will Your Revocable Living Trust Avoid Probate? It Depends.

If you've set up a Revocable Living Trust, congratulations! You're definitely on the right track. But...you're only half way there ...

What if Treating Your Children Fairly Means Unequal Inheritances?

When planning their estate, most parents express the desire to treat their children equally out of a sense of fairness ...

Should I Write My Own Will?

I'm sure you have heard this less than eloquent phrase before - "Garbage in, garbage out." The phrase is typically ...

Leaving an Intellectual Inheritance

Most people who amass wealth do not do it so that their heirs can squander it. However, that is what ...

Avoid These Common Estate Planning Mistakes

The most common estate planning mistake may surprise you. "The mistake actually isn't part of the will and trust," said ...

Preventing Long Term Care Policy Lapses

Long term care in a nursing home is extremely expensive. One way to mitigate that expense is to purchase a ...

How Probate Can Get Expensive

There are many reasons to want to avoid probate for your estate. One of them is that probate can get ...

Why Some Incentive Trusts Fail

Incentive trusts are a popular way for people to encourage good behavior from their heirs. However, incentive trusts have limitations ...

Helping Teenagers Who Inherit Wealth

If you give a teenager a large sum of money and tell him or her that it can be spent ...

How to Avoid Sending Your Assets and Loved Ones Into Probate Court

Over the years, we’ve discovered that many people make a BIG mistake, catapulting their assets and loved ones right into ...

INTEGRATED HEALTH

Integrated Health.  Sounds nice.  What does it mean? Dictionary.com defines integrated as “combining or coordinating separate elements so as to provide a harmonious, ...