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Adding to, Revoking, or Making Changes to a Will

By |2018-01-18T15:47:49-08:00January 18th, 2015|Estate Planning|

After a person has created their first estate plan, circumstances may change. They may have more children, acquire more assets, or divorce a spouse. These changes may result in the need to review and consider making changes to a will if an estate plan has previously been established. The Importance of Updating and Making Changes to a Will If someone [...]

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No Contest Clause in California Wills

By |2020-05-19T06:53:24-07:00August 29th, 2014|Estate Planning|

A will is meant to be the last word on how one wants his or her property to be disposed of upon their death. However, it is often difficult to please everyone with the way the property is divided. There may be a person in the deceased’s will who feels he should have received more [...]

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Prepare a Will under California Law

By |2018-01-18T15:48:05-08:00June 2nd, 2014|Estate Planning|

One of the most basic forms of estate planning is to prepare a will. A will can be extensive and cover every detail of dividing your property, naming guardians for minor children, and executors for your will. Alternatively, it can be just a simple document dealing primarily with property distribution. Additionally, if you have a [...]

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If I incorporate, will doing so prevent others from using my company name?

By |2018-06-17T17:51:08-07:00April 28th, 2014||

Incorporating will not keep another business from using your name. Generally, every business must protect its own business name and the good will that it has acquired from the sale of its goods or services in a specific geographic area. Filing articles of incorporation only prevents the secretary of state from filing a document to [...]

Sia’s Amazing Adoption Story—She Adopted One Son and Ended Up with Two!

By |2021-03-08T13:04:13-08:00March 8th, 2021|Adoption|

Sia recently opened up about her journey to motherhood. The Grammy-award-winning pop star, 44, adopted two 18-year-olds out of the foster care system last year. During an interview with SiriusXM, the typically private singer confirmed she adopted kids in 2019. “I actually adopted two sons last year. They were 18, they’re both 19 years [...]

What is a Probate Referee in California?

By |2021-03-08T06:49:58-08:00March 6th, 2021|Probate|

If you are settling an estate through the probate process, most likely you will need a probate referee. The role of a probate referee is to appraise property in the estate.  A probate referee is a professional, usually an attorney, a certified public accountant, or a person with several years of professional experience in property appraisal.  [...]

What Is California Probate Code?

By |2021-03-08T06:02:19-08:00March 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Anyone who has settled the estate of a deceased loved one has likely heard of probate. It's essentially the legal process of administering a person’s estate when they die. It includes the distribution everything that person owned: cash, real estate, cars, investments, retirement accounts, life insurance policies, and more. Probate is designed to [...]

California Living Trust Checklist

By |2021-03-08T07:07:49-08:00March 4th, 2021|Estate Planning|

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.

Advance Healthcare Directive

By |2021-03-07T19:41:21-08:00March 1st, 2021|

California Advance Healthcare Directive Create your advance healthcare directive today State your desires about your healthcare in any situation in which you are unable to make your own decisions and choose who may speak on your behalf. The agent you name in your healthcare directive has the power to: Give [...]

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Financial Power of Attorney

By |2021-03-07T19:42:39-08:00March 1st, 2021|

California Financial Power of Attorney Create your financial power of attorney today This important document makes sure your personal affairs can be property handled without the delay and cost of court intervention. The attorney-in-fact you appoint has the authority to do some or all of the following: Use your assets [...]

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Revocable Trust

By |2021-03-07T19:37:16-08:00March 1st, 2021|

California Revocable Trust Estate Plan Establish your living trust estate plan today A revocable trust is often the most important part of a person’s estate plan. Also known as a living trust, a revocable trust: Enables the estate to avoid probate in California Will avoid a court conservatorship in case [...]

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Trust Package

By |2021-03-07T19:33:48-08:00March 1st, 2021|

California Living Trust Estate Plan Package Establish your living trust estate plan today Our all-inclusive estate planning document package provides you with peace of mind knowing all your bases are covered. A complete estate plan is a group of documents that defines: Who receives your possessions when you pass away [...]

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Special Needs Trust

By |2021-03-07T19:45:12-08:00March 1st, 2021|

California Special Needs Trust Estate Plan Protect the needs, lifestyle, and future well-being of your loved one A special needs trust is created for the sole benefit of a disabled or mentally ill beneficiary. There are many benefits of a special needs trust in estate planning: Maintain SSI or Medicaid [...]

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Are Divorce Records Public in California?

By |2021-02-27T09:27:26-08:00February 26th, 2021|Divorce|

Divorced couples in California may wonder if their divorce records are available to the public. After all, many people value their privacy, and divorce is often a messy topic. The short answer is yes: divorce records are public in California. This means anyone can obtain a copy of your divorce decree. This can be [...]

Should I make a California living trust?

By |2021-02-25T21:34:34-08:00February 25th, 2021||

Many individuals choose to create a living trust so their estate can avoid probate upon their death. Oftentimes, probate is an expensive and complicated process that your family has to take care of after you pass. Plus, if you create a living trust, you can make it revocable. In other words, you have the option [...]