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. The fact is that 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, […]

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 […]

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