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Blog Posts in September, 2013

Do I need a Will?

We get this question a lot. And the California State Bar Foundation (one of our favorite providers of free, easy-to-read consumer guides on many legal subjects) does a good job providing the answer: ...
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Are probate and estate taxes the same thing?

Question : Are probate and estate taxes the same thing? Answer : No, they have only one thing in common – they both occur after your death.Other than that, they really don't have much to do ...
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How long should a California probate case take?

In California, probate court cases last about 1 year. But it's not unusual for it to take longer. Here's why: In most counties, it takes 4 to 8 weeks before the court will hear a Petition for ...
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Probate court costs how much?

You may have heard that Probate Court in California costs a bundle, but is it really that much? The short answer is: probably. Under California Law (CA Probate Code §§10800-10810 to be ...
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Thinking About Organ Donation?

Have you considered being an organ donor? You can share that you’re an organ donor on your Facebook timeline. Here's how: At your Facebook profile, click Life Event at the top of your ...
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Making End-of-life medical decisions in California

Every good estate plan includes some type of medical Power of Attorney or Advance Directive. This document appoints a "health care agent" to make medical decisions for you if you become ...
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Want your heirs to get along? Talk to them.

Do you want your heirs to get along? An estate plan works best when every beneficiary knows in advance who'll inherit what, and why. It's important to tell your heirs, especially your adult ...
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Eureka! California's Unclaimed Property Law

Are you looking for lost money? Believe it or not, you could be one of millions of Californians who is owed money by the State. The California State Controller's Office acquires hundreds of ...
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Major IRS Ruling on Estate Tax and Legal, Same-sex Marriages

WASHINGTON — In response to the June 26 th #SCOTUS decision invalidating a key provision of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, two weeks ago the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal ...
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Free California Statutory Will

Do you need a California Will, but can't afford the legal fees? The California State Bar publishes a FREE, statutory Will that you can complete yourself. It can be found in California Probate Code ...
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Top 3 Reasons Parents Disinherit Children

No joke -- these are the top 3 reasons parents tell us why they are choosing to disinherit a child: He/she never writes or calls. He/she married a monster. He/she never paid back our personal loan. Oh ...
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Welcome to our Westlake Village Estate Planning Blog

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website and blog!
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