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
What is a Step-Family? A step family can include Photo by Luis Quintero on Pexels.com A couple where at least one person, and maybe both, have children from a prior relationshipSame-sex couples where at least one partner has biological or non-biological children from a prior relationshipA family with adult children who are in second or… Continue reading Planning for your Step Family
Photo by Gustavo Fring on Pexels.com Many people are turning to online estate planning platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic. This could be a good option for some people. Some people with very simple estates can use DIY forms and systems effectively. If you go with an online DIY service, consider one that provides attorneys to… Continue reading Should I create my estate plan online?
Photo by Abstrakt Xxcellence Studios on Pexels.com I came across this article by Stephen Meyers about his work as a U.S.P.S mail carrier and I was transported back to the summers I passed on my grandmother's porch when she would tell my sister and I stories about her varied life and her many jobs. Like… Continue reading Essential Messengers
This weekend marks the end of the 2nd full week following the shelter in place order that was issued by our county. After that order, other counties and finally the State of California followed suit. So, we have been home. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Staying home means tending to tasks that I’d been… Continue reading Cleveland Sage
Actually, an estate plan is about so much more than money. It says who should care for your children and pets if you are hospitalized or die. It tells your family and doctors what kind of medical care you want if you can't speak for yourself. It can protect you from financial disaster if you… Continue reading I’m not wealthy so I don’t need an estate plan, right?
Being loved by an animal feels special and magical. It also creates an obligation for pet owners who are responsible for the food, shelter, comfort and regular medical care of their furry charges. It is no wonder then that so many owners want to make sure their pets are cared for if they pass away… Continue reading Caring for Your Pet After You Die
One of my favorite podcasts, Hidden Brain: Tunnel Vision, described the phenomenon of tunnel vision and offered ideas on how we can defend against it. The host, Shankar Vendantam, explained that when we experience scarcity of time, money, sleep or other resources, we can become hyper-focused on bridging that gap, causing us to strive for… Continue reading Tunnel Vision
Q: I was recently married and my husband died suddenly. There is a Will but I am not in it because it was written before we were married. What is going to happen to his assets? - Ima Survivor A: Dear Ima, I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Know that you are not alone.… Continue reading Help! I was left out of my husband’s will!