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Why an Estate Plan Is Essential If You Have Parkinson’s Disease

After a devastating diagnosis like Parkinson’s disease, you will likely spend some time thinking about your future and how the progressive nervous disorder will impact your life. Although there is no cure yet for Parkinson’s, you might want to manage the things that are within your control. For example, some medications can slow the progress […]

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Helping Loved Ones With Alzheimer’s Preserve Their Memories

If your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you might want to try to capture and safeguard their memories before those moments are lost forever. There are also things you can do to help trigger happy memories for your relative. A California estate planning attorney can advise you on how to […]

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Can I Draft a Power of Attorney for My Parents?

As long as your parents are still legally competent, they  can execute a power of attorney. However, if you want to avoid a claim that you, as their child, have improperly procured the document for your own benefit, you should have your parents contact a California estate planning attorney directly to assist them. A California […]

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4 Estate Planning Tips for Blended Families

Estate planning is essential and beneficial for all families. Through estate planning, individuals can ensure their loved ones are taken care of after their death.  However, estate planning for blended families can be challenging. There may be questions about dividing assets among children from a previous relationship and the children of the marriage. A spouse […]

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The SECURE Act Special Report

The SECURE Act, which got made into law in 2019 and became effective on January 1, 2020, changed the rules about contributions to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). As with other changes to federal law, the SECURE Act is complicated. You might want to talk to a California estate planning attorney about how the SECURE Act […]

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What Makes a Great Estate Plan

It is a common misconception that a person who has a will has an estate plan. While it is better to have a will than to die intestate (without a will), a thorough estate plan can do much more than merely state who gets your things after your death.  A California estate planning attorney can […]

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Can Adopted-Out Children Still Inherit From Their Biological Parents?

In California, specific laws govern the inheritance rights of adopted children.  Generally, adopted children are entitled to the same inheritance rights as their adoptive parents’ biological children.  But can legally adopted children still inherit from their biological parents? California estate planning attorneys regularly help clients understand the inheritance rights of adopted children under California law.  […]

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Who Inherits When There Is No Will in California?

When a person dies without leaving a valid will or trust, that person has died “intestate.” Failing to ever make a will or create a trust document could cause intestacy, but many other events could also invalidate a will or make a will impossible to probate. A California estate planning attorney can help you protect […]

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