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What Happens if You Don’t Include One or More Heirs in Your Estate Plan?

Many people decide to have their spouse or children inherit from them, but what if you decide to omit one or more heirs, or even have a child that you…

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Estate Planning Resolutions for the New Year

As you make your 2020 New Year’s resolutions, it may be the perfect time to include estate planning on that list. Since procrastination seems to be a major barrier to…

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Discharge from a Skilled Nursing Facility: What Are Your Rights?

If you have a family member who was admitted to a skilled nursing facility following hospitalization, you may not realize that there are rules if the facility asks a resident…

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The Top Five Reasons People Don’t Make an Estate Plan

According to recent surveys only 40-50% of adult Americans have an estate plan, and that is in spite of the fact that 75% think at least having a will is…

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How to Select a California Estate Planning Attorney?

If you have decided that it is time to make an estate plan, you now have an important choice to make on who will be your estate planning attorney. Just…

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What is a Power of Attorney?

Establishing a Power of Attorney is an important part of estate planning. There are actually two types of Power of Attorney: Those that handle medical decisions, and those designated to…

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What is a Power of Attorney and Why Is It Important?

There are several types of power of attorney (POA) depending on your circumstances. Generally, a POA can be used to give a trusted individual the ability to make decisions on…

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Do You Really Need an Estate Plan? A Quick Self-Test

Numerous surveys show that the majority of adult Americans don’t have a will or trust, and the main reason given is that they have just been putting it off. In…

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What to Do After You Say ‘I Do’: Estate Planning for Newlyweds

Getting married is an exciting time. However, when you enter a new marriage, it is easy to overlook estate planning, especially when you are excited to begin a new life…

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Turning what-ifs into faits accomplis

Most people experience what-if moments in their lives. These hypothetical situations can occur during a retrospective look at life or an imaginary peek at possible future events. With Andrea Shoup…

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What if You Don’t Have an Advanced Health Care Directive? Who Can Make Your Medical Decisions?

An advanced health care directive (AHCD) in California is generally necessary in case you are incapacitated and cannot make your own medical decisions. An AHCD names an agent with a…

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What is Probate?

After you pass away, probate becomes a standard procedure for your loved ones, unless you have previously taken steps to avoid it. Probate is the court process by which assets…

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