A Wills Attorney Expresses the Importance of Having a Will in Your Estate Plan

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25th Feb 2014

It is said that you can’t take all the material things you have acquired in your lifetime with you after you pass away.  This idea is what prompts “estate planning.”  When estate planning, the estate owner decides what part of … more

17th Aug 2013

Frequently, having a family meeting about your estate plan may help you with your goals of protecting and providing for your family.  A family meeting often will help in generally preparing your beneficiaries for future inheritances and responsibilities (or lack … more

Wills & Trusts Lawyer Cites “3 Cs” as Main Reasons for Estate Planning

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27th Jul 2013

Benjamin Franklin once said: “There are two things that are certain in life:  Death and taxes.”  Yes, both of these are certain.  But because these two are certain to happen, then that only means you should do your estate planning … more

Do Your Homework and You will have a Will that Follows Your Last Wishes, Advises an Estate Planning Lawyer from Orange County

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26th Jun 2013

Nobody likes to think about dying.  Yet death is inevitable.  So it is important for a person to decide early on who will get what portions of his estate when the inevitable comes. One legal instrument to avail of is … more

20th May 2013

One the unintended consequences of failing to plan your estate is that family members you detest may end up with your estate, or a portion of it. Consider the story of the estate I handled a few years ago.  The … more

Naming Guardians for Your Minor Children

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17th May 2013

Naming a guardian for your minor children is one of the most important decisions in estate planning.   This nomination is made in your Will, even if you have chosen to utilized a revocable Living Trust as the primary estate plan. … 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

29th Apr 2013

The terms “heir” and “beneficiary” are often used interchangeably by many people and I do so as well from time to time. However, there is an important difference between an “heir” and a “beneficiary”. An “heir” is someone who has … more

California Probate Attorney Explains how a Living Trust Can Protect Your Property from Creditors

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5th Feb 2013

One reason people may avoid probate is that it provides creditors a certain time to file their claims against the decedent.  Whatever has been paid off to the creditors may eventually lessen whatever inheritance you wish to bequeath to your … more

What Happens if A Person Dies Without A Will?

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9th Dec 2012

No one can predict when he or she will die.  It is this unpredictability of death that makes the creation of a will or living trust while the person is alive imperative.  A will is a legal document that enables … more