Genealogy has long fascinated many people, and it continues to be studied by those who are interested in discovering who they descended from and what those family members were like. Many of us have gazed at black and white or sepia-tone photos of ancestors whose names we don’t know and wondered about their lives, joys,… Continue reading National Genealogy Day: Investigate the Past and Impact the Future
Maintaining your estate plan can feel overwhelming when faced with all the changes life can bring. Calling your attorney may not be your first instinct when you’re faced with a significant shift in income, investments, or employment, but consulting with us is a wise way to ensure your legal health is always maintained. Read on… Continue reading Five Key Considerations for Your Estate Plan
Most people understand that having some sort of an estate plan is a good thing. However, many of us do not take the first steps to get that estate plan in place because we do not understand the nuances between a will and trust – and dying without either. Here is what will generally happen… Continue reading Wills, Trusts and Intestate: What does it all mean?
NOTE: As always, the information on this website is for general information and entertainment only. Do not rely on this information to take a course of action or refrain from taking action - hire a lawyer. Photo by Tierra Mallorca on Unsplash California Proposition 19, Changes Certain Property Tax Rules. Legislative Constitutional Amendment. (2020) Summary:… Continue reading Proposition 19 Passed Modifying Tax Assessments on Inherited Real Property
Photo by Hugo Aitken on Unsplash When I moved out of my hometown to go to law school, my grandmother would send me packages of homemade tortillas and chocolate chip cookies. She sent these little tastes of home, not because there were no Mexican grandmothers making tortillas in my new town, but as a way… Continue reading Want to Give Money to Your Heirs in Your Trust? Think again
Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash My titles are many: attorney, counselor, advocate. I am also someone’s daughter, sister, friend and wife. But the title that has taught me the most and challenged me to constantly step-up to be a better person, is that of mother. The lessons I learn as “mother” seem to always have far deeper… Continue reading Mother, May I?
Creating a comprehensive estate plan is one of the most important things you can do to protect your children and using a Revocable Living Trust provides flexibility, protects children’s privacy, avoids the cost and delay of probate, and protects the inheritance from the impulses of youth. Every trust must have a trustee and naming a… Continue reading Choosing the Right Trustee
Are you considering all of your assets? When we think about our assets, we most often think of things that we buy or earn, like cash or cars. However, we can also create assets - our intellectual property. Creations like music compositions, dance performances, mobile apps, etc. can be a source of income for yourself,… Continue reading Protect Your Creative Work
Photo by Karthik Chandran on Unsplash Most lawyers are old fashioned - we like paper, regular mail, signatures in pen, the oxford comma. A lawyer’s duty is to protect and defend their clients and that means protecting privacy. I think I can speak for most attorneys when I say that cloud-based services make us uncomfortable. Like the famous… Continue reading We Are the World
Q: As a married couple, should you hold your home as joint tenants or as community property? Answer: It depends. Before we get started, make sure you read this disclaimer. If you have any questions about your own circumstances, talk to your attorney or contact me to schedule a consultation. When you bought your home,… Continue reading Real Estate Considerations for Couples