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What Is a Limited Conservatorship?

Understanding Conservatorships in California In California, conservatorships are legal arrangements where a court appoints an individual to manage the finances and personal care of another person who cannot do so themselves. This post explores the different types of...

What Should I Do If I Only Have One Beneficiary?

Understanding the Impact of Having One Beneficiary: Will vs. Trust You might be wondering: does the presence of a single beneficiary influence the choice between a will and a trust in estate planning? Let’s delve into the key distinctions between these legal...

What is the Major Disadvantage of a Trust?

Exploring the Disadvantages of Trusts in Estate Planning A common question among those contemplating estate planning is: what are the drawbacks of establishing a trust? While trusts offer various benefits, it’s imperative to thoroughly assess their potential...

What Kind of Lawyer Do You Need for a Will/Trust?

Understanding Probate Attorneys and Estate Planning Inquiries often arise regarding the legal professionals responsible for drafting trust and estate documents. In California, the expansive domain of trusts, estates, inheritances, and related matters falls under the...

When Do You Need a Living Trust?

Understanding the Timing of a Living Trust Determining when to establish a living trust is a common concern for individuals seeking to safeguard their assets and streamline the distribution process for their beneficiaries. Let’s explore the factors to consider...

How Much Does It Cost to Create an Estate Plan?

Understanding the Cost of Estate Planning   Determining the cost of an estate plan is a significant consideration for many individuals. It’s crucial to understand the components of a complete estate plan– and the potential consequences of not having one....

Are Estate Planning Lawyers Really Necessary?

In short, the answer is “yes.” Many people question the necessity of hiring an estate planning attorney in today’s digital age, where DIY options are plentiful. However, the repercussions of improperly drafted documents can be severe. Let’s...

Reaching Old Age? Here are 3 Important Reasons of Estate Planning

There is an uncomfortable conversation that every adult must have at one point in their lives, one that’s particularly difficult because it deals with your eventual passing away. No one wants to think about the inevitable, let alone have a full on discussion...

3 Tips for Avoiding Financial Exploitation for Elders

Financial elder abuse has become a major issue in the world. According to a 2010 Investor Protection Trust Elder Fraud Survey, one in five U.S. citizens over the age of 65 have been victimized by financial exploitation. The annual amount of loss caused by these...

Can I Modify My Child Custody Arrangement After Divorce?

As a Sonoma county family law attorney, I work with many people who want to change their custodial arrangement. Conventional wisdom holds that it is exceptionally difficult to modify child custody post-divorce. Is this true? Like most things in family law, it depends...