Wills & trusts : Law & Legal & Attorney
Frequently asked questions about hiring a lawyer and what your options are should you decide to create a will on your own. Thoughtful tips that will help you make an informed decision based on your particular situation. Getting a will created by an attorney is best in some cases, other times it is n
A family trust is the relationship in which trustees are obligated to be responsible for a property for someone elses benefit (beneficiaries). The beneficiaries do not receive a fixed amount from the trusts, instead it is in the trustees discretion and judgment which beneficiary shall receive what a
When a person dies, he might leave a last will and testament. If the will is lost before the decedent's estate is probated, it can be found in a few ways. If the will can't be recovered, the estate is considered "intestate" and the court probates the estate. Laws vary by state, but in general the pr
Being young, we had never thought about writing wills, but as we so painfully learned, being young is no guarantee that something tragic won't happen, and no excuse not to have your affairs in order.With the availability of websites that allow you create a legal will online, no excuse is good e
A class action settlement was recently reached between a group of small engine and lawn mower manufacturers and the class representatives. In the settlement, each member of the class is entitled to $35. You are a member of the class if you purchased a lawn mower of 30 horsepower or less between Jan.
A survivor who has a key to a decedent's safe deposit box is allowed to inventory it.dice box image by MLProject from Fotolia.comUnder California law, when a person dies and has a safe deposit box at a financial institution, a survivor with a key to the box can be given access to it for...
Whenever someone dies and leaves a will, there is always the chance that certain people aren't going to be happy with the contents of the it.This can lead people to believe that they have grounds for contesting the will.The truth is that it is very difficult to contest a will without meeting a
A trust is a common estate plan that offers certain advantages, such as probate avoidance and privacy. The beneficiaries benefit from the terms of the trust; they are entitled to the equitable interests in the trust. While the grantor (the trust creator) is still living, beneficiaries do not need to
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), outlines protection guidelines for the electronic storage and transfer of individuals' confidential health records. Doctors' offices, hospitals, insurance companies and any other entities that deal directly with a person's medical reco
If you faced conflicts with another person, particularly a significant other, you may wonder whether a restraining order is in force against you. There are two primary resources through which you can determine whether there is an outstanding restraining order naming you as the respondent. In the end
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A deed of trust serves the function of mortgage by making a borrower's land collateral for a loan; however, unlike a mortgage, a deed of trust employs a third party, a trustee, either an attorney or some other company. The neutral trustee holds the title temporarily until the loan is repaid. Deeds o
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Depending on the size of the decedent’s assets there can be different probate options which might be available after death to clear title to assets.A knowledgeable and experienced California Probate Attorney will explore each of these options with you before filing with the Court.
Probate is the set of laws a court uses to interpret wills. So to avoid probate, you must simply not create a will. In absence of a will, intestacy laws apply. Intestacy establishes how a decedent's property is distributed. Distributions of property are based on who you are related to, such as your