What is Probate?

 If you or, more likely, your parents, created an old-fashioned will, or you, or your parents have no will or trust, then a process must be initiated in Superior Court called Probate. Probate is the court supervision of the administration of a person’s estate. If...

Do You Need a Will or a Trust?

 We often hear from clients that they feel like they don’t need any kind of estate planning because their kids know how to distribute their property when they die. Unfortunately, in the State of California, distribution of assets on death is not that simple. If you...

What is a Power of Attorney?

A power of attorney is a legal document giving someone else the authority to make decisions for you about legal and financial matters. There are generally two types of Power of Attorney: General Durable Power of Attorney — This document becomes active either...

What is a Power of Attorney?

A power of attorney is a legal document giving someone else the authority to make decisions for you about legal and financial matters. There are generally two types of Powers of Attorney: General Durable Power of Attorney — This document becomes active either...

How to Challenge a Will

To create a valid will in California, you need the following: testamentary capacity, words of testamentary intent, creator’s signature, date and the signatures of two disinterested witnesses. Heirs to an estate may have cause to challenge a will when any one of the...

How to Challenge a Will

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How to Challenge a Will

 To create a valid will in California, you need the following: testamentary capacity, words of testamentary intent, creator’s signature, date and the signatures of two disinterested witnesses.  Heirs to an estate may have cause to challenge a will when any one of the...

Do You Need a Will or a Trust?

 We often hear from clients that they feel like they don’t need any kind of estate planning because their kids know how to distribute their property when they die.  Unfortunately, in the State of California, distribution of assets on death is not that simple. If you...

What is Probate?

 If you or, more likely, your parents, created an old-fashioned will, or you, or your parents have no will or trust, then a process must be initiated in Superior Court called Probate. Probate is the court supervision of the administration of a person’s estate. If...

How to Challenge a Will

 To create a valid will in California, you need the following: testamentary capacity, words of testamentary intent, creator’s signature, date and the signatures of two disinterested witnesses.  Heirs to an estate may have cause to challenge a will when any one of the...

Do You Need a Will or a Trust?

 We often hear from clients that they feel like they don’t need any kind of estate planning because their kids know how to distribute their property when they die.  Unfortunately, in the State of California, distribution of assets on death is not that simple. If you...

What is a Power of Attorney?

 A power of attorney is a legal document giving someone else the authority to make decisions for you about legal and financial matters. There are generally two types of Powers of Attorney: General Durable Power of Attorney — This document becomes active either...

What is a Power of Attorney?

 A power of attorney is a legal document giving someone else the authority to make decisions for you about legal and financial matters. There are generally two types of Power of Attorney: General Durable Power of Attorney — This document becomes active either...

How to Challenge a Will

 To create a valid will in California, you need the following: testamentary capacity, words of testamentary intent, creator’s signature, date and the signatures of two disinterested witnesses.  Heirs to an estate may have cause to challenge a will when any one of the...