You Can Now Transfer a Home Without a Trust or Probate

After sailing through the California Assembly and Senate with votes of 78-0 and 40-0, respectively, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 139, a law that went into effect on January 1st of this year. AB 139 allows people who own homes—as well as multi-family investment properties with up to four units—to transfer their properties without having […]

Co-Parenting Apps and Online Resources

One of the most common challenges that we see divorced or separates parents face is the difficulty of communicating and coordinating with one another. In addition to the typical concerns about budgeting, keeping track of appointments (medical, school, extracurricular), and finances, divorced parents must also stay on the same page when it comes to keeping […]

Free and Low-Cost Family Law Resources

Legal services for divorce and other common family law issues can be prohibitively expensive, especially for families who already struggle just to meet typical day to day needs. However, in recent years, many organizations have recognized these concerns and have started to make legal resources available at little or no cost to families with limited […]

Non-Probate Transfers

When someone passes on and only leaves a will behind (or fails to even do that), probate is the process through which the court system supervises the distribution of the deceased’s property to their beneficiaries and debtors. Probate can be a very costly and time-consuming process, which is why it usually advisable to avoid it […]

Identifying Elder Financial Abuse & What To Do

Many people wind up in difficult financial situations, wherein they rely upon parents or other older relatives who are only too happy to help in any way they can. But there is a point at which getting help crosses a line, and becomes a situation in which an elder relative is being taken advantage of. […]

What To Do When You Have Been Sued In Civil Court

While popular media tends to focus on criminal courts, which are courts that handle legal infractions that can be punished with jail time, the vast majority of litigation occurs in civil courts. Chances are that if you are ever involved in a legal disagreement, it will be handled in a civil court case. Civil courts […]

What is Probate?

Imagine if you had a roommate, and one day a stranger showed up at your door waving a piece of paper around, and saying, “Hi, I’m here to pick up your roommate’s TV. I have a copy of emails between he and I about his Craigslist listing for the television, and he said I could […]

Making End of Life Decisions

Death can be an exhausting, confusing, and even terrifying process for everyone involved. Yet, despite the immense emotional burden that a dying person’s family must bear, there are still many complex medical and legal matters that must be taken care of before a dying person takes their final breath. Below are just a few of […]