Transfer California Real Property into Living Trust Tip Sheet by Mark W. Bidwell

Irvine, California (PRWEB) April 30, 2013 provides tips on how to transfer real property into a trust. Deed and Record is promoted by Mark W. Bidwell, a California attorney. Persons who have created a living trust but have not funded the trust with their real property are still at risk of probate.

A quit claim deed is the easiest and cheapest way to fund a trust and avoid probate. A quit claim deed transfers property as is. Quit claim deeds do not contain any implied warranties of debt outstanding or good title.

These warranties are not needed to fund a trust because the transfer does not change ownership, but how the real property is titled or owned. A person is transferring property from himself or herself to his or her trust. No third party is involved.

Each quit claim deed should have attached a two page document known as the Preliminary Change of Ownership Report. This document explains the reason for the transfer to the County Recorder. Deed and Record prepares the quit claim deed and the Preliminary Change of Ownership Report. The documents are sent to the client by email for signature. The client returns the documents to Deed and Record.

The two documents are recorded in the County where the real property is located. Count Recorders in California take about 30 days to process the documents. After recording, the original quit claim deed is returned by Deed and Record to the client.

Californians have trusts. But at the time the trust was created the funding of real property may have been overlooked. Or new property is acquired in the names of the individuals and not the name of the trust. Now there is a cost effective resource to fund omitted and newly acquired real property.

In todays environment of low interests rates real property owners refinance to a lower rate. Often the bank requires the owner to take the real property out of the trust but does not transfer the real estate back into the trust. Deed and Record is a resource to redo the transfer after escrow is closed.

Deed and Record is an online service to prepare quit claim deeds for California real estate transfers into or out of trust. The Online Service records deeds it has prepared with the Count Recorder. Deed and Record does not offer legal or tax advice or services.

Deed and Record markets through websites, primarily, The owner of the websites is Mark W. Bidwell, Attorney at Law and CPA Inactive. Office is located at 18831 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 270, Irvine, California 92612. Phone number is 949-474-0961. Email is Mark(at)DeedandRecord(dot)com.

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Artio Partners Reminds Low-Risk Delinquent American Expats Living Abroad to Participate in the Streamlined IRS Program

Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) December 13, 2012

A new streamlined IRS program for delinquent American expatriates has been introduced on September 1, 2012. American expatriates living abroad who are considered low-risk taxpayers are encouraged to participate in this program. American expats have to file only 3 years of past due expatriate tax returns and 6 years of FBARs (Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts) to become compliant if they participate in this program.

Per the original IRS statement back in August 2012, US expats who dont have any high risk factors and owe less than $ 1,500 in tax due will be processed in a streamlined way. Although, many delinquent American expats dont owe any tax after applying a combination of foreign earned income exclusion, foreign housing exclusion and foreign tax credit, several of our clients have decided not to participate in this streamlined program because they didnt meet all risk factors, says ZM Ishmurzina, the principal at Artio Partners.

On December 6, 2012 the IRS issued a further clarification about low-risk taxpayers.

Just because a taxpayer fails to qualify under the criteria as being low risk is not a reason to avoid applying to the program. Missing one of the factors only means that a revenue agent will review the taxpayer’s application. That does not mean there’s going to be an audit. It means it’s going to be reviewed and could be subject to examination, said David Horton, director of the IRS Large Business and International Division’s international individual compliance function, at the American Bar Association Section of Taxation’s annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud in Las Vegas.

Moreover, the IRS “will not necessarily beat up on a taxpayer just because he’s a little bit over or doesn’t meet one of the criteria,” said Christopher Sterner, IRS deputy chief counsel (operations). “It’s just we’re not guaranteeing that the returns will just be processed without any further inquiry from the Service. I don’t think people should be afraid to use this process if they really are a low-risk taxpayer.”

This clarification is good news for delinquent American expats living abroad who were not sure about participating in this streamlined program.

Should you hire an expat CPA to help with this process?

The IRS will carefully review expatriate tax returns submitted under this program. If you decide to proceed with an expatriate tax professional, make sure to choose a CPA who provides international tax services and specializes in US expat tax preparation and planning for Americans living abroad.

International tax experts at Artio Partners will help you participate in this program and become compliant. We offer a transparent flat-fee package for American expats. To learn more about our services, please visit

About Artio Partners

Artio Partners provides US expat tax services to American expatriates living abroad and dual citizens from over 75 countries.

We specialize in US expatriate tax preparation, past due expat tax returns and complex international tax issues like FBAR, FATCA, foreign tax credit, foreign real estate, PFIC, foreign adoption and controlled foreign corporations. For more information please visit Artio Partners.

Pelican Publications Introduces Living in Lakewood

Lakewood, CO (PRWEB) October 29, 2012

Pelicans Living in Lakewood magazine is a localized version of its Living in Denver magazine covering metro Denver. Living in Lakewood was launched in response to demand by Lakewood advertisers for a lifestyle publication targeting the local Lakewood, CO audience. As a result of this targeted approach, businesses can advertise to Lakewood residents in Living in Lakewood without paying extra to advertise to non-Lakewood residents in the larger Living in Denver magazine.

Like the Living in Denver magazine, the Living in Lakewood magazine is distributed through local real estate agents, businesses, home shows and chamber events. Living in Lakewood is also distributed electronically at This targeted distribution model makes advertising in Living in Lakewood very cost effective.

About Pelican Publications..Pelican Publications is a Lakewood, Colorado based publisher of Living in magazines and websites which promote the lifestyle of geographical areas to newcomers and established residents of those areas. Pelican delivers newcomer-lifestyle magazines to real estate agents and other organizations for distribution to their prospective clients with their own personalized magazine cover. Pelican electronically distributes its newcomer-lifestyle magazines directly to consumers through and Pelican personally distributes its newcomer-lifestyle magazines directly to consumers at home shows, conventions and businesses. More information is available at

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Nancy Dolan Rejoins the Exclusive Haute Living Real Estate Network

(PRWEB) October 17, 2012

Nancy Dolan, multi-million-dollar producer and director for luxury properties for Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate, has rejoined the prestigious Haute Living Real Estate Network. This exclusive circle of leading real estate agents is invited to bring opulent estates and luxury properties to Haute Living readers. Dolan is recognized for her solid knowledge of real estate trends in the Fairfield, Southport, Westport and Weston markets. Her experience and dedication are the driving factors behind her continued success listing and selling the areas stunning waterfront and country properties. Haute Magazine will feature Dolan as an exclusive Haute Living real estate professional.

About Haute Living Real Estate Network:

Haute Living Real Estate Network specializes in selecting top real estate professionals, creating the most prominent directory for exclusive listings. The network website is an online destination for all things real estate-related and features daily blog posts providing up-to-date news on affluent markets and real estate developments. Access all of this information and more by visiting

About Nancy Dolan:

Nancy M. Dolan is a multi-million-dollar producer and director for luxury properties for Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate, Incorporated. Commanding the Fairfield, Southport, Westport and Weston markets, Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate maintains its elegant offices On the Harbor in Southport and At Turkey Hill in Westport. Nancy’s 33 years of experience and membership in many professional real estate organizations, as well as her appearance in ‘Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate,’ contribute to her success in selling and listing the area’s exquisite waterfront and country properties. Nancy’s motto is, ‘be considerate, flexible, honest and genuinely caring at all times. Listen and be willing to work hard. The harder I try, the luckier I get! I love what I do!’ To learn more about Nancy Dolan, visit her HLRN member profile:

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