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Why Do I Need a Will When I Already Have a Trust?

Why Do I Need a Will When I Already Have a Trust?

The answer to this question really depends upon where you are in life.  For example, the answer to the question is different if you are asking it at a time when you do not have children or have children under the age of 18 years old versus children over the age of 18...
Deposition Basics

Deposition Basics

If you have ever been deposed, you know that it is not the most pleasant experience.  However, there are some basic things to keep in mind that, when followed, will make your deposition a tolerable experience.  Here are some things to keep in mind: First, always tell...
What is a Special Needs Trust?

What is a Special Needs Trust?

A person who suffers from a disability and is of an income or wealth status that they qualify for certain government benefits, e.g., Social Security Disability Income, Medi-Cal, etc., can benefit from a well set up special needs trust.  Why?  A special needs trust is...
What Is A Conservatorship And Who Is It For?

What Is A Conservatorship And Who Is It For?

What is a conservatorship and who is it for? Under California Probate Code, a conservatorship is a court proceeding whereby a person, called the conservator, is appointed for either a conservatorship over another person or a conservatorship of another person’s...
Are Oral Contracts Enforceable in California?

Are Oral Contracts Enforceable in California?

This may seem like a silly question to some people but often we hear statements to the contrary, such as “well, he cannot sue me because our agreement was not in writing.”  So, the quick answer to this question is, yes, oral contracts can be enforceable in...
CalPERS requires a durable power of attorney?

CalPERS requires a durable power of attorney?

If you are a California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) member, it is imperative that you have a durable power of attorney for your finances in place. Why? In brief, a power of attorney for finances is a legal document that appoints an agent, a person...