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No one wants to pay for estate planning. Putting together your estate plan can be expensive, and odds are no one will see the benefits of that pricey estate plan for years. Using an attorney, a person can expect to pay between $1,500 and $3,000 for a basic estate plan package. For more complicated estates, putting together your estate planning can cost over $4,000. While estate planning can be expensive, there are ways to minimize the cost such as using a legal document preparer.
When one or both parents cannot care for their children, legal guardianship for a child may be necessary. Unlike adoption, legal guardianship of a child does not sever the parental relationship, it only suspends it. Once a parent can care for the child, the court can end the legal guardianship.
When a couple files for divorce, one thing that is inevitable is dividing their property. In California, the rule is that all community property assets (any income and assets acquired during the marriage) must be split 50/50. A couple could sell all of the marital assets and split the proceeds if they would like, but there are more creative ways to divide property in divorce. Sometimes a couple just needs to think outside the box.
A formal probate proceeding and can be expensive and time-consuming. In this regard, California law provides for alternatives to formal probate that are easier and less expensive. It is often possible to avoid probate. So, when is probate necessary in California and are there way to avoid having to file probate? This article explains what you need to know.
Many unmarried parents are raising children together, but what happens to the children if they split up? When a married couple divorces, the must settle child custody, visitation, and child support issues before they can finalize a divorce. But there is no requirement for an unmarried couple to go through the courts to end their relationship. Furthermore, there is no requirement for the couple to settle custody, visitation, and child support issues as part of their break up. In this regard, a custody order for unmarried parents becomes critical. Even if the split is amicable and the couple is in total agreement about all of the child-raising issues, it is important that they get a custody order from the court.
The role of a probate referee is to determine the value of all non-cash property in the estate. The administrator for the estate will give the probate referee a list of assets in the estate. Most probate cases require a probate referee, but there are a few exceptions.