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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

What Is a California Spousal Property Petition?

When someone dies, their will must pass the legal process called probate. While probate can be helpful in ensuring that the will is verified and properly carried out, it doesn’t always account for what is supposed to happen to certain property, namely, surviving spouses.
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Thursday, May 27, 2021

New Parents Should Consider a Trust

Learning that you are expecting a child whether through childbirth, adoption, or surrogacy, can be extremely exciting but overwhelming. There are so many decisions to make before your child’s arrival. But while you may be thinking about names, birth plans, and nursery color schemes, you may also want to give significant thought to updating (or creating) your Read more . . .

Monday, April 26, 2021

6 Tips for Naming Your Trust

It may not seem like a very big decision, but what you choose to name your trust can be extremely important. Trusts differ from other legal entities in that there are no laws that govern what you must name them. In other words, the creator of a trust has free reign to name it whatever he or she chooses. While this may seem like a much easier situation, what you name your trust can have a big impact on the laws that govern the entity itself.

There is no approval process for the naming of a trust, but banks, real estate title insurance companies, and other similar entities must know the name of the trust in order to adequately file and find related legal documents.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

3 Reasons to Consider Updating Your Estate Plan

While most of us know the importance of establishing a comprehensive estate plan, many of us don’t know the importance of updating it. Updating your estate plan is important for many reasons.
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Friday, February 12, 2021

Statutes of Limitations in Your Trust Lawsuit

If you wish to file a lawsuit regarding your inheritance under a will or trust, California requires that you follow specific deadlines known as “statutes of limitation.” These are laws that set a time limit on the time by which you must bring a specific type of legal action or else you automatically forfeit the right to do so.
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Monday, January 18, 2021

5 Reasons for Estate Planning

Estate planning is important because it helps you to prepare for whom or where you want your assets to go when you pass away. Alternatively, when you fail to execute an estate plan, the state in which you live prior to your death makes this important decision for you.
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Monday, December 14, 2020

Should You Create Your Own Estate Plan?

It’s comforting to know that when we pass, we have the ability to provide our families with our own property. But since we know our families and our assets better than just about anyone else, wouldn’t it make sense for us to create our own estate plan? While executing your own estate plan may seem to be the best solution (after all, think of all of the money you’ll save), it’s essential to keep in mind that it can be even more expensive to fix any estate planning mistakes that you make than it would be to hire an attorney who can ensure that it is done right from the very beginning.
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Monday, November 16, 2020

The Difficulty with Contesting a Trust in California

Trusts are created with the intent to hold certain things to specific people or entities for a period of time. In the state of California, trusts are initially presumed to be valid, but sometimes people may challenge or contest them for various reasons.
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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Should You Consider Coming Out of Retirement?

For many of us, retirement is the ultimate goal of working. Though we’d all love to retire early, most of us aren’t able to retire until after we reach the age of 65. However, while many people can’t wait for retirement, others find a real sense of purpose in their work. And sometimes, individuals who retire decide that they want to go back to working after all. So how do you know if coming out of retirement is right for you? Here are some signs that it may be in your best interest.
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Friday, September 18, 2020

Should You Change Your Estate Plan When You Move to California?

From finding a place to live, to changing your driver’s license, there are many things that you may want to consider when you move to California. However, one thing that you should consider that you likely haven’t is whether you should change your estate plan.

When you move to California it’s important that you take into consideration the fact that California’s laws are different from those of many other states (and countries). Therefore the language in or the structure of your current Read more . . .

Friday, August 14, 2020

5 Components of Your Estate Plan to Focus on in Light of COVID-19

There’s no doubt that the global landscape looks very different these days in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. With great feelings of uncertainty, you may feel the need to ensure that your orders are in affair. To help bring you some peace, here are 5 components of your Read more . . .

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