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Can You Guess Who Wrote These Famous Unusual Wills?

The term “last will and testament” seems to have a somber, legal, and even boring tone, however, these famous people used their unusual Wills to make one final point or just to give their loved ones a chuckle. In life, these were unique individuals. Their Wills were no different.

1.) “Burn it!” said this philosopher who […]

By |January 23rd, 2017|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Can You Guess Who Wrote These Famous Unusual Wills?

Ensure Proper Notice When Filing an Unlawful Detainer

In the case of Long Beach Beach Brethren Manor, Inc. v. Leverett, LLBM appeals the judgment in its unlawful detainer action in favor of the tenant. Landlord contends the judgment should be reversed because the trial court erred in granting Tenant’s motion for summary judgment. Landlord originally filed its unlawful detainer on August 11, 2014, alleging […]

By |October 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ensure Proper Notice When Filing an Unlawful Detainer

Issues with Siblings in Estate Planning

The Wall Street Journal recently had an article entitled “Sibling Rivalry Complicates Estate Planning.” I find that this issue often comes up in estate planning and other matters. The article highlights a dispute over the estate of Jimi Hendrix. When Jimi Hendrix died in 1970, he did not leave a will. His estate had been […]

By |September 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Issues with Siblings in Estate Planning

Short Term Rentals in the Los Angeles Market

Curbed LA has an interesting article regarding the number of rental units being taken off the market in order to feed the demand of short term rentals. The article is “Short Term Rentals Are Taking 11 Units off the LA Rental Market Every Day”

The article provides lots of statistics and research into the number of […]

By |August 31st, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Short Term Rentals in the Los Angeles Market

Selecting the Right Trustee

A typical misconception about estate planning is that people who are considered older should be concerned with them and that there is always time to go and create a will or trust. The problem with that thought process is that estate plans are much more than the passing of assets to another person. Estate plans […]

By |August 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Selecting the Right Trustee

21st Century Estate Planning

I ran across an interesting article addressing estate planning for “modern families,” including “blended families,” same sex marriages, and multi-generational families.

Many of these families could benefit from traditional estate planning in the sense that they should speak to an attorney who can address some of their concerns. However, the first step for anyone wishing to […]

By |July 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 21st Century Estate Planning

Estate Planning is Not Just About Estate Taxes

MSNBC recently wrote about the wealthy not creating estate plans because many of their estates fall under the estate tax exemption. In 2015, the estate tax exemption is $5,430,000 per person (meaning $10,860,000 per couple). Prior to the 2000s, estate planning was focused on estate taxes; however, with the higher exemption limits, most families will […]

By |July 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Estate Planning is Not Just About Estate Taxes

Ellis Act Evictions in Beverly Grove

NBC recently featured a story about 18 families being evicted under the Ellis Act from their apartments in order for the owner to build an eleven town homes. The story is Beverly Grove Residents Face Eviction.

The Ellis Act is increasingly being used in Los Angeles to make way for new developments. The Ellis Act is […]

By |May 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ellis Act Evictions in Beverly Grove

Costa Mesa’s Ordinance Regulating Sober Living Homes Upheld

Recently, a Federal Judge found that the City of Costa Mesa’s ordinance that regulated sober living homes did not discriminate against recovering alcohol and drug abusers. The case Solid LandPartings Behavioral Health, Inc. v. City of Costa Mesa has important implications for sober living home operators looking to oppose City ordinances that regulate sober living […]

By |May 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Costa Mesa’s Ordinance Regulating Sober Living Homes Upheld

Court Determines Applicable Statute of Limitations for Quiet Title Action

Plaintiffs owned a commercial property and have used it for their own businesses and also have had tenants that have paid them rent. In January of 2005 a deed of trust,  and absolute assignment of rents which were signed in December of 2004, were recorded in the Kern County Recorders office. The deed of trust […]

By |May 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Court Determines Applicable Statute of Limitations for Quiet Title Action