12th May 2015

Trusts avoid probate, thus bypassing the court and often resulting in shorter periods of administration. Trusts often are significantly less expensive to administer than probate estates. Trusts provide for management of your assets during lifetime if you become incapacitated.  This … more

20th Mar 2014

Here are five reasons you need a living trust:1.  Your assets will go directly to your beneficiaries — bypassing the lengthy and expensive probate process, especially here in California. 2.  A trust is private and will not become public record … more

16th May 2013

I frequently tell people that California is a “living trust state”, because the revocable, living trust is the preferred method of estate planning for most people living in California. The alternative, the traditional will is not the favored method of … more

13th May 2013

The best way to avoid probate in California is through a living trust. But, there are other ways to avoid probate as well.  Joint tenancy ownership avoids probate as long as one or more of the joint tenants are surviving. … more

A Will which is not updated can also be Troublesome, Warns an Probate Lawyer from Orange County

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31st Mar 2013

A will is a legal document intended to carry out your final wishes with regards to your estate after you pass away.  Even as such, the will that you initially executed is not a rock-hard document which cannot be changed … more

Orange County Probate Attorney Believes a Contested Probate can be Avoided

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16th Feb 2013

When a person dies leaving a Will, it does not necessarily mean that his final wishes will be fulfilled.  His estate will undergo probate, a legal process wherein the court oversees the distribution of the testator’s estate to his beneficiaries.  … more

Orange County Probate Attorney Shows how to Validate or “Prove” a Will

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11th Feb 2013

When you pass away, one of your fondest wishes is to leave your property to the people you love and care for.  And one way to ensure that is to prepare a Will.  But having a Will does not guarantee … more

California Probate Attorney Explains Who can be a Personal Representative

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7th Feb 2013

When a person dies, legal mechanisms are set in motion to initiate the distribution of the estate.  One such mechanism is probate where the court oversees the distribution of the estate. During probate, a “personal representative” is appointed by the … more

California Probate Attorney Suggests Mediation as a Way to Shorten Probate

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28th Jan 2013

Probate is a process by which the courts oversee the transfer of the estate from the deceased owner to his beneficiaries.  Since the process can be time-consuming and costly, individuals do their estate planning with a view to avoiding probate.  … more

Probate Attorney in Orange County Explains the Different Kinds of Wills

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27th Jan 2013

Are you considering preparing a Will?  If you are a resident of California, you have three ways to prepare a will. As a probate attorney in Orange County I am very familiar with how this works and will explain it … more