Archive for November 1st, 2010

Estate of Cairns – Judicial Interpretation of Five-Plus-Five Power (2010-11-1)

Some estate plans make use of a “five-or-five” provision to help reduce the estate tax.  In the recent decision in Estate of Cairns (Sept. 15, 2010) 188 Cal.App.4th 937, the court had to interpret such a five-or-five provision many years after the death of the testator. As the court explained, “Margaret Cairns executed a will […]