Will vs. Trust: What Is the Difference?

Do you know what would happen to your assets or minor children if you passed away? For many, this question seems untimely, as they believe they will have time later to make those decisions. The truth is that it is never too early to prepare for the future. Whether you have $100,000 or $1 million in assets, you can benefit from a Will or Trust. Perhaps you have written a Will but wonder if you need a Trust—or vice Read More

What Is the Most Common Child Custody Arrangement in California?

Going through a divorce is incredibly tough, and for most couples, the biggest concern is their children. Who gets custody? Where will they live? Will they need to change schools? All these worries swirl through parents' minds during the divorce process. Many factors play into what custody arrangement the California court will decide on, the main one being the child’s best interests. This article discusses the Read More

What Is the Importance of Estate Planning in California?

Whether young or not-so-young, planning for the future is essential and often overlooked. You never know when something could happen, so having a plan to protect your family and your assets is a necessity.  Even if you are just getting started in your adult life, there are things you can prepare for—such as deciding who will make decisions in the event you become incapacitated. Estate planning becomes vital Read More

5 Tips If You’ve Been Named the Executor of An Estate

An executor takes on a LOT of responsibility once the person behind an estate passes away. Because of this, an executor is the most important person in an estate and takes a lot of consideration to select. We understand this is a lot of pressure, so we want to make sure you’re ready should that day come. 1. Have a plan BEFORE death The best protection from headaches later in the estate process is to get ahead Read More

5 Times To Update Your Estate Plan Immediately

Your Estate Plan is a reflection of your own life, wishes, and loved ones. As your life changes and grows, shouldn’t your Estate Plan change and grow too? Estate Planning is the process of working with an attorney to create a legally-binding plan for what will happen to your remaining belongings and property after you pass away. Once you have created your Estate Plan, it is ready to be used - but it is still able to Read More

4 New Year’s Resolutions For Divorced Parents

The New Year is a time to look back on all that has changed in the past twelve months and what direction you want to move towards going forward. For parents who are recently divorced, or currently in the process of divorcing, that change can be a lot. When your day-to-day life looks so different than it did a year ago, where should your priorities lie? This New Year, let’s look forward to the ways that divorced Read More

Does Your Estate Plan Need a Living Will or Healthcare Power of Attorney?

For California estate planners, the question posed in the title might be a false question. In other words, your estate plan might need both documents in order to fulfill your wishes regarding your end-of-life care.  Difference Between the Two Documents Before deciding which document you need (or both), you need to understand the differences between a living Will and healthcare power of attorney.  A Read More

Living vs. Testamentary Trusts in California

Besides Wills, trusts are arguably the most popular (and commonly used) documents for California estate planners. Trusts allow grantors to pool assets into one place and write specific instructions for trustees on distributing those assets. The main reason for creating trusts is the ability to avoid probate, a somewhat long and expensive legal process.  Not all trusts, however, allow the grantor’s loved ones Read More

Trying to Take a Winter Vacation With Your Kids?

Glimmers of hope concerning COVID-19 have begun to show up here and there. While health professionals have predicted a challenging winter, you or your children’s co-parent might be looking at visiting family during the holiday season. After all, the winter holidays are best spent with warm family members and loved ones. Before you book those plane tickets, though, make sure the trip checks all the legal Read More

Can You Modify Your Estate Plan After Creating It?

In short, yes. No matter how carefully you craft your estate plan—Wills, trusts, powers of attorney—life is full of changes. Estate planners should periodically review their documents to ensure their goals are still being fulfilled. If planners need to update, modify, or revoke their estate planning documents, there are procedures available to do so while the planner has capacity. The exact procedure to be used, Read More