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What is a Pourover Will?

I often get asked why do I need to do a will if I already have a revocable living trust. A pour-over will is used when there is a revocable living trust in order to ensure that property gets transferred to the revocable living trust. If property is not owned by the revocable living trust, […]

By |November 21st, 2017|Estate Planning|Comments Off on What is a Pourover Will?

Things to Consider When a Purchasing a Home to Someone You Are Not Married To

The Huffington Post recently ran an article “Read This Before You Buy a House With Someone You’re Not Married To,” and I would agree with many of the statements made in the article. It is important to note that engaged couples and couples cohabitating without being married risk not having the protections afforded by California’s […]

By |November 18th, 2017|Estate Planning, Real Estate|Comments Off on Things to Consider When a Purchasing a Home to Someone You Are Not Married To

The Heggstad Petition Explained

Recently, I have had to file a few Heggstad Petitions in order to help clients put real property into a revocable trust. A Heggstad Petition is necessary when a person creates a revocable trust but does not actually place any property into the trust. Generally, when you draft a revocable trust you should also draft […]

By |November 17th, 2017|Estate Planning, Real Estate|Comments Off on The Heggstad Petition Explained

What You Need to Know About Digital Wills for Your Passwords

Many times, death comes so abruptly. In order to avoid inconveniences in the time of your passing or that of loved ones; it’s important to make some early arrangements. When one dies, he/she oftentimes has something to leave to specific loved ones. It could be physical assets, monetary assets or even vital online accounts, business […]

By |February 10th, 2017|Estate Planning|Comments Off on What You Need to Know About Digital Wills for Your Passwords

How to Handle Sibling Conflicts When a Parent’s Will is Contested

When a parent passes away, it is an extremely difficult time that sometimes brings out the best or the worst in a family.  Sometimes it can cause further divides between siblings, and money and possessions often have a special way of fueling the fire of existing issues.  If a sibling or another person named in […]

By |February 3rd, 2017|Estate Planning|Comments Off on How to Handle Sibling Conflicts When a Parent’s Will is Contested

Proper Steps for Executing a Will After Death

The term “execute a will” simply means for the “executor,” the person named in the will, to follow the instruction in the text of the will.  This might seem obvious, but the first step to properly execute a will is to make sure it is the original signed will and not a copy. Next, is […]

By |January 27th, 2017|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Proper Steps for Executing a Will After Death

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?

Probate Facts Everyone Should Know

The term “probate” gets thrown around quite loosely, but many people (even attorneys!) don’t always understand what “probate” actually means.  To be fair, probate refers to a two different processes.  First, you may hear that someone needs to “probate a will,” which means the act of filing a will with the court after a person […]

By |January 15th, 2017|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Probate Facts Everyone Should Know

Questions You Need to Ask Before Writing a Will

One thing that seems to fall to the bottom of everyone’s to-do list is taking the time to make a solid end of life plan, to include writing a living will.  We know it would make things easier when we meet our inevitable end, but it can be difficult to think about and easy to […]

By |December 15th, 2016|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Questions You Need to Ask Before Writing a Will

Arnold Palmer: What Happens to His Assets if He Failed to Leave a Will?

World renowned golfer,  Arnold Palmer, died at the age of 87. He had won seven major championships in his career and is considered one the greatest golf players of all time. His company’s CEO confirmed the news of his passing due to complications from heart problems.

His death is a loss for golf lovers as […]

By |October 18th, 2016|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Arnold Palmer: What Happens to His Assets if He Failed to Leave a Will?