Legal Responsibilities After the Death of a Family Member

Losing a loved one is an incredibly emotionally challenging time. In the days and weeks that follow, you will feel devastated, lost, and confused. But what is often overlooked during this time is the large number of legal obligations that family members must begin to fulfill within days of a family member’s death. If you […]

Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Children

Recent studies indicate that about 5.2% of American children between the age of 5 and 17 have some sort of disability, a total of about 2.8 million children. While some children will–with the aid of special education programs during childhood and early adulthood–be able to live independent lives, many will always need some degree of […]

Contesting a Will or Trust

The purpose of creating a will or trust is to ensure that a person’s desires are carried out after they die. This is the whole point of such legal documents. Given this fact, it’s understandable that many people may feel a great deal of discomfort at the idea of putting their heart and soul into […]

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 […]

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 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 […]