California Estate Planning Blog And News2020-05-14T14:58:49-07:00

What California Probate Laws Protect the Elderly Against Financial Abuse?

Financial elder abuse is a serious problem in estate planning. However, sometimes fraud is also caught after or during the probate process. Therefore, if an interested party files an action for financial elder abuse, California probate law can help rightful heirs repossess the decedent's assets.

What Kobe Bryant Taught Us About California Probate and Estate Planning

When Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in a helicopter accident in January of 2020, fans grieved together and shared the lessons Kobe had taught them during his lifetime. However, as Kobe's wife Vanessa was forced to deal with settling her husband's estate, we learned yet another lesson from Kobe.

By |September 10th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Benefits of Durable Power of Attorney and Advance Healthcare Directive

Have you made specific plans for your medical needs and family in the case of your incapacitation? Unfortunately, unexpected accidents and emergencies happen, so it's important to be prepared for the worst. Read on to learn more about two of the most common legal tools to protect your wishes, should you become unable to express them in the future.

Understanding California Laws of Intestate Succession

When a decedent dies without a will in California, the contents of their estate are distributed according to the California laws of intestate succession. But who receives which assets according to these laws? Read on to learn about the distribution of estates under several familial circumstances. Then, discover how A People's Choice can help with your probate or estate planning needs!

Understanding California’s Transfer on Death Deed

Are you considering using a transfer on death deed to transfer real property to a beneficiary after your death? Believe it or not, a TOD deed is not always the best option for estate planning. In fact, it works best for people without minor children, whose real estate is their only asset. Read on to learn more about whether a TOD deed is right for you.

How to Put a Bank Account into a Trust

If you have a bank account with funds between $166,250 and $250,000, you may want to consider putting it into a living trust. Luckily, this is a very simple process that your financial institution may even do for you! Plus, you will not need to hire an attorney. Read on to learn more about putting a bank account into a trust to decide if it's right for you.

The Downside of Holographic Wills in California

Holographic wills are estate planning documents that the testator writes and signs completely by hand. Furthermore, testators are not required to sign these documents in front of witnesses. As a result, probate courts often deem holographic wills invalid! That said, if you choose to create a holographic will, there are several elements you MUST include to ensure your estate is distributed according to your wishes.

By |August 25th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

California Probate Filing Checklist

The steps for filing probate in California can be overwhelming. In fact, the process can often take 8-10 months. To help out, we've provided a free California probate filing checklist for your personal use. For low-cost, non-attorney help with filing probate in California, contact A People’s Choice today.

California Living Trust Checklist

With our living trust preparation checklist, a DIY trust is possible! Plus, by working with a registered legal document assistant such as A People's Choice, you can avoid high attorney's fees for help drafting your trust. Read on for our complete California living trust checklist and to learn more about the necessary actions that come along with writing a trust.

Dying Without a Will in California

Dying without a will in California subjects your estate to California intestate succession laws. In other words, the court will distribute your property depending on your living relatives. For example, your assets may go to a spouse or your children. However, if you want your property distributed in a certain manner, contact A People's Choice today. We can help you prepare a will or other estate planning documents to protect your assets upon your death.

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