The importance of planning ahead for long-term care

The need for long-term care should be considered during the estate planning process. Recent statistics show that an estimated 60 percent of Americans will need long-term care at some point in their lives. Long-term care is becoming more common as our population ages and life spans lengthen. This is because many people of advanced age […]

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Estate planning in the electronic age: protecting your digital assets

Take a moment to think about your digital footprint. Do you have accounts on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest? What about business networks like those established by industry groups, alumni associations or on LinkedIn? Do you have online access to pay your credit cards, utilities, mortgage, car payments, student loans or other debts? […]

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Due care can help you avoid common estate planning mistakes

Many people avoid estate planning so they don’t have to think about the issue of their own deaths. However, much like taxes, death is inevitable. By understanding our own mortality – and taking steps now to plan ahead – we can protect both our loved ones and our assets after we are gone. Generally, something […]

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Can I get a trust for my pet?

You can get trusts for a wide variety of purposes. Whether you are hoping to pass assets outside of probate to family members, charities, or even friends, a trust is a great way to care for those who cared for you. As you can provide for a variety of loved ones, California recognizes the need […]

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What is undue influence?

  Undue influence is a legal matter when one’s free will is usurped by another.  This can be a serious matter when handling estate planning with the elderly or the debilitated. There are countless instances where a person who may be considered “frail” who’s estate holds significant assets has become a target. This manipulation is […]

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Do new parents need an estate plan?

If you have recently become a parent, you know that you have to look out for more than just yourself from here on out. If anything were to happen to you, it is important to make sure your child is taken care of. If you don’t have an estate plan already, it is important that you […]

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