Orange County Will Attorney: 5 Considerations When Choosing a Legal Guardian for Your Kids

Choosing a legal guardian who can raise your kids if you are unexpectedly incapacitated or pass away can be a daunting and difficult challenge.  There are many things to take into account, such as parenting styles and the potential guardian’s ability to love and take care of your children. These are just some of the […]

Orange County Estate Planning Lawyer: Mental Health and Health Care Directives

Health care directives, including the Living Will, Health Care Agent Designation, and HIPAA Medical Release, are crucial elements of every estate plan in Orange County. One issue that does not come up very often when discussing health care directives, though, is mental health. Mental health falls into the realm of health care and as such […]

Do I Need A New Estate Plan If I Move to a New State?

If I had to pick one question that I am asked the most, I’d have to say this one ranks way up there… Do I need a new estate plan if I move out of California? Just like the answer to most estate planning questions, the answer is “it depends.” However, this one has a […]

Newport Beach Elder Law Attorney: BIG Changes Coming for Nursing Home Contracts

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Servicers (CMS) just made a momentous change of federal nursing home regulations. Nursing homes are now banned from using pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements.  This means nursing homes can no longer force you to sign away your right to due process. Let me explain…. Before this regulation change, nursing homes […]

Parents Died Within 24 Hours – Was There A Plan?

I read this story a while ago, but I was thinking about it today. In 2016, the young parents of six died within 24 hours of each other.  The mother died unexpectedly from a blood clot and the father died 24 hours later as a result of a heart attack. Many feel that the stress […]

When Does A Power of Attorney in California Expire?

A Power of Attorney is a legal device that is used to give someone the power to act on your behalf if you are unable to.  For example, if you have Alzheimer’s disease, there is a possibility that you will get to the point where it is no longer possible for you to make decisions. […]

Orange County Wills and Trusts Lawyer: How to Handle Underage Beneficiaries

Many grandparents wish to leave a legacy behind for their grandchildren; however, they may run into some issues if those children are underage. An Orange County Wills and Trusts attorney can help you determine what the best options are for leaving assets to underage beneficiaries, whether those assets are held in a Will or Trust, […]

Digital Assets: California is Moving in the Right Direction

Good news! California is taking steps toward putting a legal framework in place for handling digital assets after someone passes away.  I’ve been talking to you for years about including digital assets in your estate plan and now the law is catching up. Digital assets such as email accounts, social media online, and even online […]

Orange County Business Owners – Plan Your Exit Strategy BEFORE You Need It!

Do you have a plan for the day when you decide to retire, or even pass away?  Retirement may not be something you are even thinking about, so in that case you probably answered no. But, what if something happens to you? Do you really want your business to flounder and fail? I thought not.  […]

Are Your Loved Ones Prepared to Carry Out Your End-of-Life Medical Wishes?

Preparing your Advance Healthcare Directive is one of the most important pieces of your estate plan. Ideally, you should be the one who makes decisions regarding the type and level of care you receive at the end of your life. A medical healthcare directive will allow you to do that even if you are unable […]