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Last Will

By |2021-03-07T19:38:31-08:00March 1st, 2021|

California Last Will Estate Plan Choose who gets your property and who will care for your children Save up to $200 on document preparation with our will package. Your last will defines: Who receives your possessions when you pass away Who cares for your minor children if you are unable [...]

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Will Package

By |2021-03-06T07:23:59-08:00March 1st, 2021|

California Estate Plan Will Package Create your will today Save up to $200 on document preparation with our will package. These three documents define: Who receives your possessions when you pass away Who cares for your minor children if you are unable to Your end-of-life decisions and who can speak [...]

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What is a will?

By |2021-02-25T20:40:18-08:00February 25th, 2021||

A will is a legal document that is effective at your death. This document will name your executor who is the person who will handle your assets after your death. It also permits you to name beneficiaries, set up support trusts for minor children or other dependents, and designate when and how your gifts will [...]

Larry King’s Widow Shawn Southwick Contests Handwritten Will That Leaves Her Nothing

By |2021-02-22T13:41:01-08:00February 22nd, 2021|Divorce, Estate Planning, Probate|

Larry King’s widow Shawn Southwick King is reportedly contesting the television icon’s handwritten will that leaves her with nothing and gives everything to his surviving children. King, 87, died in Los Angeles on January 23 after he was hospitalized for COVID-19 in December. His widow confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that he died from a [...]

California Proposition 19: How Will Estate Planning Change in February 2021?

By |2021-02-14T07:54:21-08:00February 13th, 2021|California Courts, Estate Planning, Probate|

Children inheriting property from their parents will face significant financial consequences once California Proposition 19 (Prop 19) comes into effect on February 16, 2021. California voters approved Prop 19 on November 3, 2020, through the Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act. The law has two [...]

What happens if I die without a will?

By |2021-02-25T13:52:12-08:00February 12th, 2021|, |

If you die without a will you will not be able to choose who receives your assets. Instead, your closest relatives or heirs inherit your wealth according to intestate succession laws. Intestate succession laws control which surviving family members of the decedent inherit their assets after probate when the person did not leave a will. The statutory [...]

Chadwick Boseman’s Wife Files Probate in California – ‘Black Panther’ Star Left No Will

By |2021-02-06T09:55:17-08:00February 5th, 2021|California Courts, Estate Planning, Legal Document Assistants|

The late ‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman’s wife has filed a probate petition in California to be named a limited authority administrator of his estate. Taylor Simone Ledward, who reportedly married Boseman months before his death, filed a petition for letters of administration in Los Angeles. Boseman died of multiple organ failure after a [...]

How to Probate a Will Without a Lawyer in California

By |2020-12-29T11:04:10-08:00December 29th, 2020|Estate Planning|

When a loved one passes away, you may face the overwhelming task of settling their estate. Unfortunately, for some people, juggling attorney fees on top of funeral costs and other expenses can make probate an impossible task. If this sounds like a familiar situation, you may want to look into how to probate a will without a lawyer.

Will California Probate Laws Enable You to Avoid Probate?

By |2020-09-20T15:05:19-07:00September 20th, 2020|Probate|

California law does not require a full formal probate process for every estate. For small estates where there are no disputes about who should inherit property from the estate, California probate laws provide for several simplified probate alternatives. If the estate of your recently deceased family member is small enough to qualify to avoid probate, then it is not fair for you to have to pay exorbitant hourly fees to a probate lawyer just to collect your inherited money or to become the official owner of the house your parents owned when they were alive. Most people do not really need the services of a lawyer even if they have to go through full formal probate.

The Downside of Holographic Wills in California

By |2020-08-25T11:25:16-07:00August 25th, 2020|Estate Planning|

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.

Dying Without a Will in California

By |2020-08-16T09:24:16-07:00August 16th, 2020|Estate Planning|

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.

Living Will vs. Living Trust – What’s the Difference?

By |2020-08-05T11:55:03-07:00August 5th, 2020|Estate Planning|

When it comes to estate planning, everyone should have the proper legal documents in place to ensure their property and assets are distributed according to their wishes upon death. However, there are a plethora of estate planning forms, and it can be difficult to know which is best for you. Therefore, it's important to educate yourself on what each document means. For example, you should be familiar with the legal implications of a living will vs. living trust!

California Probate Without a Will

By |2020-07-30T12:57:26-07:00July 30th, 2020|Probate|

Usually, the probate process utilizes a decedent's will to determine how the estate will be divided. However, when a will is missing, incomplete, or invalid, the court follows the California Intestate Succession Laws instead. Read on to learn more about how these laws work and how you can complete the process process without an attorney, even if you're missing a will!

How to Get a Last Will – Quick and Easy!

By |2020-07-23T11:28:03-07:00July 23rd, 2020|Estate Planning|

Did you know EVERYONE should have a last will? Not only will it ensure your wishes are followed after your death, but it will also save your family members time and money. Luckily, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars on attorneys fees to write a will. Instead, follow these three steps to create a will with A People's Choice!

Will vs Trust: How are They Different?

By |2020-06-13T11:58:20-07:00June 13th, 2020|Estate Planning|

Estate planning can be confusing. How do you know whether you need a will vs a trust? You have been hearing it for most of your adult life, at least since you first bought a house or had children: You need to have a will in place. What if you found out that there is an even better way to transfer your property to your heirs? Basically you have two choices: a will vs a trust.