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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Considerations for Special Needs Guardianship


One of the most important responsibilities that a parent has is to look out for the safety and wellbeing of his or her children. This is why it is so important to prepare for the guardianship of your child. Guardianship is the legal process that allows an individual who is named to serve as the final decision maker for another person.

But while consideration should be given to whom you wish to assign the position to, special consideration should be given for those who have children with special needs. People with Read more . . .


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Contests and Disputes: Protecting Your Estate from Family Feuds


When we pass away someday, we often hope that our assets can be provided to those whom we love. The last thing that we want is for those very individuals to get into a dispute over the estate. Unfortunately though, this can occur even within the closest families often due to the emotional strain that is often experienced when grieving.

Not only can these family feuds prove devastating for relationships, but they can also cost you a lot of time and a lot of money. Estate disputes can even drain resources and leave your loved ones without the close relationships they once shared – let alone the gifts you intended for them to have.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

What Happens When A Non-U.S. Citizen Dies in California?


As a proud melting pot of the world, the U.S. often becomes home to non-U.S. citizens.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

What Happens to My Companion Animal After I Divorce?


When a marriage breaks down it can be really difficult. Divorces are commonly messy. Things can get even more contentious when there are children involved. Figuring out child custody can be difficult for everyone involved. But what happens when the custody you’re battling over is a companion animal?

It can be tough to figure out the custody of companion animals because they have historically been considered as property rather than family members by family courts.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Estate Planning for a Loved One with Dementia


Dementia is a word used to explain a set of symptoms such as memory loss, a decline in problem-solving skills, and unclear thinking. It serves as the umbrella term to a number of diseases. One such disease that can be considered a type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition to Alzheimer’s, common causes of dementia also include:

  • Parkinson’s Disease Dementia
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Mixed Dementia
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Planning Ahead with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Though it can be quite difficult to picture your future (or the future of your spouse) with dementia, it is exceedingly important. This is because without


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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

California Probate Court and Mandatory E-Filing


We’re now living in an Amazon world. What was once done in person is now done online. We use our computers and electronic devices to do just about anything and everything. One such thing that has also migrated to an electronic format: forms. Many industries now rely upon electronic filings, commonly referred to as e-filing, in order to store important information.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Estate Planning Tools Every California Resident Should Consider


Most of us know that it is very important to have a Will. For many, this is a necessary document for estate planning. But while Wills are in fact an important estate planning document, they are not the only important part of an estate plan.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

What Is a Holographic Will?


A Will is a legal document that is a valuable tool in comprehensive estate planning. A Will enables you to share what you want to happen to your assets, among other things, after you pass away. That’s why it is always a good idea to review your Will with an experienced estate planning and probate attorney on a regular basis.


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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

What Is a Living Trust?


When heirs wait on an estate to move through the probate process after a loved one passes, it can be both expensive and time-consuming. In order to avoid this, a living trust is often created.

A living trust is an estate-planning tool, a legal document that allows you to grant the ownership of your various assets to your beneficiaries of choice. A trustee will be appointed, who will oversee the management of your assets for your beneficiaries.

 


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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

What California Homeowners Should Know When Planning Their Estate


Your home is one of – if not the – most expensive assets that you will ever own. It is for this reason that it is imperative that you understand which legal documentation to complete in order to ensure that it can be transferred properly to your intended heirs after you pass.

You may understand what it means to transfer assets to heirs upon your death, but estate planning for the transfer of real property is not the same thing. Real property includes anything attached to the land you own, the land itself, and the home upon the land. A deed must be recorded in the proper jurisdiction (the one in which the property is located) in order to establish ownership of real property.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

I’m Adopted: Will I Inherit From My Birth or Adoptive Parents?


When parents pass away without an estate plan, their assets will be distributed in a particular order, going to their spouse and then equally among their children. But what happens when one of their children is adopted? When a child is adopted, are they entitled to inherit from their adoptive parents, birth parents, or both? Despite otherwise wishful thinking, adopted children do not benefit from two sets of parents. Confused about who you are to inherit from? Here is what you need to know about the right to inheritance with adoption in California.
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