What Is A Living Trust?
A living trust is a way of holding title to your assets so they will not have to go through probate (a Court supervised estate administration) upon your death. The trust states what happens to
Protecting Seniors from Holiday Scammers
With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s not just family and friends that are all around us; the scammers are waiting in the shadows as well. According to an Experian blog posted in 2020, one in
2021: Say Hello to California’s New Homestead Exemption
Currently, partial equity in a home in California is exempt from being used to pay a judgment lien on the property. That partial exemption is either $75,000, $100,000 or $175,000, depending on a variety of
Last Week Was National Estate Planning Awareness Week
Did anyone tell you it was National Estate Planning Week? We were not aware. No one sent us a greeting card to remind us. But because we are now thinking about it. . .. Have
What Documents Can I Destroy While Sheltering at Home?
The following are intended to be helpful tips to assist you in clearing some clutter while we have some time at home. 1. Keep your original estate plan documents in a fire-proof environment, wrapped in
When There is Only a Will There’s No Way You’re Avoiding Probate
A common misconception is that when you die with a Will, your heirs avoid probate. In California when you die with a Will and the total assets owned in your sole name exceed $166,250, your
What Happens in California if You Do Not Have an Estate Plan at Your Death?
With the coronavirus pandemic, many people have asked, “what happens if I die without an estate plan?” Without a properly prepared estate plan, California does your planning for you. You will not have a say
Estate Planning Document Execution During Pandemic
Estate planning is more important than ever as COVID-19 continues its spread. Creating a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care will enable you to set forth your health care desires and enable you to
The CARES Act and Retirement Plan Changes
Congress passed and the President signed on March 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). The Act includes several significant provisions, most notably cash payments to many taxpayers and
California and Federal Taxes: COVID-19 Delayed Filing Notices
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced March 21, 2020 that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15,