Anyone who is engaging in estate planning in Sonoma County or elsewhere in California should be aware of newly proposed legislation that aims to introduce an estate tax in California. According to a news release from the office of Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), the proposed legislation is modeled on the federal estate tax. Importantly, it would lower exemption rate […]

Upon review of the case, a trial court determined that not only did the dissenting sibling have the right to request her share, but that termination of the trust was necessary. The court went so far as to require the immediate liquidation of the trust. As well as payment of all legal fees through the proceeds of the […]

In December of 2017, President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) into law. This tax reform bill has brought sweeping changes, altering the federal tax code in a wide range of different ways. For those going through a divorce, the tax bill may have some unexpected implications. Beginning January 1st, 2019, […]

On September 27th, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2274. Legislation that will radically reshape how dog custody will be resolved in divorce cases into law. Under the previous rules; California family law court treated dogs the same way that they treated couches, cookware, computers, or any other ordinary property. The courts put […]

Divorce is usually both emotionally and financially complex. A good attorney can guide you through both these areas and engineer a fully successful resolution. Largely because of both emotional and financial issues, celebrity couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are still in divorce court. But with the case in mediation, the end may be near. […]

Although Oklahoma voters recently approved medical marijuana and a petition to legalize recreational use is moving forward, possession, sale and trafficking remain serious crimes under state law. Just over a week after Oklahoma voters approved measure that legalizes medical marijuana for eligible patients; a new petition is circulating that would decriminalize pot for recreational use. […]

While most parents will do everything to care for their child’s well-being, there are some who think of child support as a voluntary offering; rather than a financial responsibility. However, the fact is the failure to comply with support obligations has serious legal consequences under California law, and you do have options to enforce your […]

A trust can be a valuable tool for managing your assets during life and at your passing, especially when executed as part of a comprehensive estate plan. Though there are specific types and structures involved, the general definition of a trust is an arrangement where a property is owned and managed by an individual for […]

California’s Probate Code includes numerous provisions on how to execute a will and the estate administration process, but it does not offer tips on making a decision on one of the most important aspects of estate planning: Choosing the person to act as your executor. The common presumption is you would appoint your spouse or […]

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, […]

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