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Orange County Special Needs Lawyer Discusses Special Needs Planning and the Absentee Parent

Family relationships can be complicated. Not every parent remains in his or her child’s life, which can complicate matters when the child has a disability or special needs. This can create financial issues too, especially if the other parent is absent but still living and the child’s eligibility for benefits is impacted as a result. …

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Orange County Estate Lawyer Answers, “Is it Power of Attorney…Or Taking Advantage?”

A power of attorney is a legal agreement that allows one adult, the agent, to make legal and financial decisions on behalf of another, the principal. As an Orange County estate lawyer, I help people create power of attorney documents so that someone of their choosing can speak for them if they should become incapacitated …

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What Happens If Someone Dies Without a Will? Introduction to California Intestacy Law.

Dying intestate, or without a will, is unfortunately very common. If you die without a will, your property will go through a court process called probate and will ultimately be distributed according to California’s intestacy laws. Here are some common events that may happen if you die intestate: Your immediate next of kin, whomever they …

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COVID-19 Highlights Critical Need for Advance Healthcare Directives

With new cases of COVID-19 currently surging in dozens of states, doctors across the country are joining lawyers in urging Americans to create the proper estate planning documents, so medical providers can better coordinate their treatment and care should they become hospitalized with the virus. The most crucial planning tools for this purpose are medical …

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Orange County Will Lawyer

Ask Our Orange County Trust Lawyers: “Is It Hard to Sell Property That’s in a Revocable Living Trust?”

A common question that Orange County trust lawyers are asked when helping clients create their estate plans is, “how hard will it be to sell my house if I put it in a trust?” The simple answer is that it’s not hard at all.  In most cases, the grantor (or trust maker) also serves as …

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Newport Beach Estate Lawyer: What Should I Do If the Bank Says My Power of Attorney is ‘Too Old’?

While a power of attorney (POA) technically does not expire unless it’s revoked by the person who created it, you may run into a situation where a bank or a brokerage firm refuses to accept the document because it’s “too old.”  You may also hear the phrase, “the document is stale.” So, what does this …

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Newport Beach Guardianship Lawyer Answers: “How Important is Financial Security When Choosing a Guardian for Your Children?”

One of the most difficult decisions that parents of minor children have to make when creating their estate plans is choosing the person(s) they would want to raise their children if they were incapacitated or suddenly passed away. In our office, we often find that the conversation starts with, or eventually winds its way back …

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Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Died Without A Will

On October 15th, nearly two months after the death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, filed documents with the Los Angeles probate court seeking to be named administrator of his estate. Earlier this year, Boseman and Ledward were married, and the marriage gives Ledward the right to any assets held in Boseman’s …

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Newport Beach Estate Planning Lawyer

Newport Beach Estate Planning Lawyer: Which Type of Power of Attorney is Best for Your Needs?

Most people have a basic understanding of what a Power of Attorney does. However, not all Power of Attorney documents are the same, and the rights you are afforded depend on how the document is created by a Newport Beach estate planning lawyer. Let’s start first with the basics: a Power of Attorney is a …

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Special Needs Trust in California

Dangers of Using “DIY” Online Software to Create a Special Needs Trust in California for a Child with Disabilities

We’re often asked by parents of kids with special needs for our honest opinion on using Do-It-Yourself software to create a Special Needs Trust in California. Obviously, DIY programs cost less than working with an attorney, and the ability to create a document online offers an extra level of convenience and ease. But… buyer beware. …

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