What to discuss with your Wills Lawyers?

WILLS LAWYERS ATTORNEYS AT LAW – LOS ANGELES GLENDALE PASADENA WOODLAND HILLS WHAT IS A WILL? A will is a set of instructions or wishes left by a person who is deceased as to how to distribute his or her assets.   In a will, an executor is named to handle the

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Search for the Right Probate Attorney in Los Angeles

Are you in search of a great probate attorney in Los Angeles?   Determining if you are interviewing the right probate lawyer means that you must meet and discuss your needs personally, to understand the scope of the representation by the probate attorney.   Trust lawyers and estate lawyers come with different

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CCP 998 and Probate Law in California – New Case Law 2018

CCP 998 and Probate Law in California – New Case Law 2018   Filed 11/29/18   CERTIFIED FOR PUBLICATION     IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA THIRD APPELLATE DISTRICT (Placer)       AMANDA MELESKI,   Plaintiff and Appellant,   v.   ESTATE OF ALBERT

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What happens when you change a pour over will to a standard will?

If you have started to think about your future and your family’s future, you have doubtless started to give serious thought to your estate plan.  Estate planning can help provide security and certainty to your family after you are gone.  Every estate plan will be different, as every family and

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Step-Relatives and modern day family estate planning: Change your estate plan

The structure of the modern American family, especially with respect to step-relatives and California estate planning is rapidly changing.  While it used to be frowned upon to divorce, the practice is now fairly common.  Similarly, it is common to have children out-of-wedlock, and even more common to have step-children.  People

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Preparing Wills and Living Trusts in Los Angeles

When preparing wills and living trusts in Los Angeles, an attorney will ask you to bring in certain documents.  To correctly prepare a living trust, Los Angeles practitioners have developed a checklist of items that must be done to insure that title to the assets get transferred to the living

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Opening Probate and Conservatorship Accounts

California Probate has a bond it or block it rule in Probate and Conservatorship cases having to do with liquid assets of the estate.   Generally, liquid assets have to be bonded or blocked.  Bonding or blocking an account protects the estate against malfeasance by the administrator or conservator.  Joint control

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Probate Wills

The most important aspect of probate of wills in Los Angeles is authenticating the will.   How does the probate court authenticate a will?   The process involves publishing a notice in the local newspaper, followed by certain allegations as to the will, in the probate petition. In California, we first look

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