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When are you deemed unable to make your own decisions?

08/23/2023
An important part of estate planning in Woodland Hills is making decisions surrounding your end-of-life care. Accidents, disease, or the effects of advancing age could place you in the position of being unable to make rational decisions regarding your own ... Read More

What You Need to Know About Mental Capacity Standards in California

08/23/2023
A person’s mental health and intellectual functioning are central to their ability to sign a legal document. When it’s possible a signatory was cognitively impaired at the time he or she created or amended a will or trust, questions can ... Read More

Are Electronic Wills Coming to California?

08/23/2023
On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an order for all California residents to stay home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Since that time, Californians have had to adapt to managing almost every aspect of their lives remotely. ... Read More

Estate Planning and Transmutation of Marital Property

08/23/2023
When a married couple is planning for their estate, matters can become surprisingly complicated. This is especially true when the two had assets coming into the marriage, or separate property. Often, spouses mistakenly designate assets in their estate plans without ... Read More

Explaining estate jurisdiction

08/23/2023
Whenever someone living in or with ties to Woodland Hills passes away, those close to him or her typically begin to prepare for the process of administering his or her estate. Aside from ensuring that a personal representative has been ... Read More

What is Happening with Aretha Franklin’s Estate?

08/23/2023
In late June, the trailer for the new biopic “Respect” was released. The highly-anticipated film stars singer and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson as the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin. When the legendary R&B artist passed away in August of 2018, she died ... Read More

Understanding the Probate Homestead Exemption

08/23/2023
Most in Woodland Hills would likely list their homes as being among their most valuable possessions. That’s likely due to the fact that one’s home is much more than just a simple investment building equity. Rather, it offers peace-of-mind in ... Read More

Understanding trustee indemnification

08/23/2023
Being the beneficiary of a trust set up by someone in Woodland Hills may seem like a frustrating proposition. After all, even when you are entitled to a distribution from the trust’s assets, such payments often seem to be at ... Read More

Can you name your doctor as your health care proxy?

08/23/2023
When selecting a family member to become your health care proxy or agent in Woodland Hills, you may run the risk of creating contention by choosing one over the other. To you, an easy way to avoid the potential for ... Read More

California credit card debt after death

08/23/2023
In many instances, credit card debt does not die with an individual, but unless an account was opened jointly, a surviving friend or relative will not have to pay off the debt in most cases. During the estate administration, it is ... Read More