“Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Well, that’s not exactly true.

I can be certain that our cat, Boris, will sleep 22 hours a day, and our cat, Marlin, will go in and out of the house at least 16 times a day.

I also know that there are ways to reduce or eliminate death taxes.

“Oh, yeah,” you say. “Name a few.”

“There isn’t enough room in this column to describe the estate planning devices that will reduce or eliminate death taxes.”

“That sounds like you are just trying to drum up business, “ you say.

“And your point is?” I say.

“Well, do you at least offer a free consultation?” you ask.

“You just had one,” I reply.

“All we did was talk about your cats,” you say, rather indignantly.

“What do you expect for free?” I say, defensively.

“You could at least offer a little free advice,” you retort.

“Okay,” I say, “give away your money before you die,” I advise.

“Why would I do that?” you ask.

“To avoid having it taxed on your death,” I reply, sagely.

Allen Drescher has practiced law in Southern Oregon since 1973. His practice includes estate planning. For an appointment, please call (541) 482-4935.

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