The primary goal of most people in executing a will is to ensure that estate assets are distributed to designated beneficiaries upon the death of the testator. Still, you may have valid concerns that your beneficiaries will fight over your possessions. You may even worry that certain individuals may contest the will in its entirety, […]

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a person born in the US in 2012 is expected to live for 78.8 years. That age is a significant increase since the early 1900s when life expectancy was around 50 years, depending on gender, race, and economic factors. It is encouraging that people are […]

The divorce process evokes a range of emotions, from anger and guilt to regret and depression. These feelings are normal and expected, but they can be extremely problematic when they have a negative effect on the proceedings. While it may not seem possible to have a happy, satisfying divorce in California, there are tips you […]

If you’re the parent of a minor child who has visitation rights after a divorce, you surely cherish the time you spend together. While California law is clear on custody and visitation, it doesn’t provide much detail on the best ways to exercise your obligations so that you can maintain a strong, healthy relationship with […]

You may assume there’s no need to prepare a will if you don’t own considerable real estate or personal wealth. It’s common to believe that retaining a lawyer to prepare, draft, and execute your will isn’t worth the cost. However, not having a will can actually cost you and your surviving loved ones more in […]

It’s unfortunate that some see the vulnerability of an elderly individual as a chance to profit, but financial exploitation is a crime that’s all too common in our society. Even worse, the culprit is often a caretaker or a member of the family who has close ties to the victim. When you discover misconduct, it […]

If you’re the parent or relative of a person who has a developmental disability, you want to provide for him or her financially as much as possible. . At the same time, you understandably have concerns about your loved one’s rights to public assistance, especially since making that person “too rich” may negatively impact those […]

In a key shift over last few decades, more and more children are being born to unmarried parents: According to statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that figure is just over 40 percent of all children born in the US. The trend makes paternity an all-important legal issue for a number […]

Spousal support, also known as alimony, refers to the payments made from one spouse to another after a divorce. The point of spousal support is to maintain the standard of living that the lesser-earning spouse enjoyed during the marriage. For example, if one spouse stayed at home with the kids and the other spouse worked, […]

A prenuptial agreement is probably the furthest thing from your mind as you’re preparing for a romantic wedding celebration. However, divorce is always a looming possibility when you consider divorce rates, even for spouses who think their relationship is rock-solid and eternal. Signing a prenup is a smart move if you want to make sure […]

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