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3 Surprises for Parents with Underage Children and No Estate Plan

If someone dies without writing a will beforehand, this is called dying “intestate”. Because no instructions have been given as to how assets should be distributed, the state laws of intestate succession are used to determine who inherits the estate. In California,...

4 Ways To Reduce Your Inheritance Tax Liability

Although it can be associated with a time of sadness, receiving an inheritance can be a great blessing. You may be receiving an inheritance from a relative or loved one who has recently passed. On the other hand, you may be planning your own estate and making...

Why Do I Need Estate Planning?

While many people would claim that they don’t need a will or an estate plan, the reality is that most people do in fact need a professional and up to date estate plan. While many people claim ‘I don’t have an estate, so why do I need an estate...

What Is Estate Planning?

You may have often heard of the importance of estate planning, but have you ever considered what it actually involves? Whether or not you realize it, you have an ‘estate’. Your estate could be property, other assets, or funds. Your estate belongs to you,...

When Should I Write My Will?

Are you one of the many people with “I need to have a will or trust prepared” still on your to do list? How do you know when it’s the right time to plan your estate? While many would prefer to avoid this subject, correctly planning your estate ensures your...

4 Essential Legal Steps to Take After a Relative Passes Away

There’s a lot to take care of after someone passes away. Family and friends need to be contacted, the funeral needs to be arranged, property needs to be taken care of and regular services stopped. Although this is a time of grieving, it’s also a time where it’s vital...

What You Need To Know About Medi-Cal, Medicare and Medi-Caid

If you or your loved ones are living in California and are over 65, it’s extremely important for you to understand what Medicare, Medi-Cal and MediCaid are and what they mean for you or your loved ones. These programs can help you to understand your long-term health...

5 Common Myths About Probate and Estate Plans

Estate planning, elder law and probate are some of the most confusing and difficult to grasp areas of the law that many people will ever deal with. Involving both legal and personal aspects, writing or executing a will requires the input of a trusted and experienced...

What You Need To Know If You Are Not The Executor of an Estate

Going to probate court, dealing with an estate plan and coping with the passing of a loved one is not easy, and understanding how to deal with this process when you are an interested party, but not the executor of an estate requires understanding, patience and...

5 Important Questions You Need to Ask About Elder Law

As our population ages and a greater number of people are nearing their sunset years, it’s important to think about elder law and how it might be relevant to you. Most people have someone in their life to whom the subject of elder law is relevant, and yet many people...

“Do I Have A Right To An Inheritance?” – A Legal Guide

If someone close to you has recently passed on, it can be a difficult and trying time. As you grieve your loss, you may be wondering how to deal with your loved one’s will and whether you have a right to an inheritance. Inheritance administration is an important part...

5 Common Mistakes That Trustees Make

Being a trustee for an estate is one of the biggest responsibilities many people will take on in their lives. Not only are you responsible for seeing that a loved one’s wishes are carried out, you may also be responsible for other people’s finances in the short term...

4 Important Facts To Consider Before Filing a Will Dispute

The passing of a loved one is an extremely difficult time for families. Not only are emotions running high, but all of a sudden it seems that you have to deal with a huge number of tasks – organizing the funeral, coordinating the burial and eventually,...