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December 17, 2022
Can a will be changed after probate in California?

Can a Will Be Changed After Probate in California?

Navigating the probate process can be tricky, especially after it has started. One of the main aspects of the probate process is evaluating and legitimizing the will involved. When going over these stipulations during probate, problems with the will may surface. Despite the probate process seeming final, there are ways to change or challenge a will once it has begun. Is Probate Necessary If There Is a Will? If someone is listed as an executor […]
December 16, 2022
Should inheritance be distributed equally between siblings in California?

Should Inheritance Be Distributed Equally Between Siblings in California?

When a family member passes away, their estate is typically split amongst their spouse, other family members, and any beneficiaries left in their will. For those with siblings, the inheritance process can quickly become confusing. Understanding the process is crucial before going through the terms of a sibling’s will. What Is Inheritance? When distributing a decedent’s estate to their heirs, a sequence of inheritance is used. Siblings are typically not given priority in the line […]
April 29, 2022
What Is Palm Springs Best Known For?

What Is Palm Springs Best Known For?

The city of Palm Springs is situated in the Coachella Valley, roughly 100 miles east of Los Angeles in the Sonoran Desert. This popular resort town is known for its gorgeous sunny climate, golf courses, restaurants, hotels, and natural hot springs. Palm Springs is home to many Hollywood stars, as it has been a preferred destination to get away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles since the 1930s. An Ideal Climate One of […]
November 25, 2021
Why Is Los Angeles So Popular?

Why Is Los Angeles So Popular?

Los Angeles is one of the most famous cities in the world, and tourists flock there by the millions each year, but what makes it so popular? When you combine the temperate year-round climate with a bustling urban center, stunning beaches, and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, it’s not hard to see why this is a major travel destination. Consider these reasons why LA is such a popular place on the California coast to […]
September 4, 2021

What is the Difference Between a Probate Lawyer and an Estate Lawyer

Facing legal issues can be intimidating. At times, it can even feel impossible. This is especially true for families experiencing the death of a loved one. When a loved one passes, one of the first arrangements that needs to be made is the division/distribution of their assets. In many cases, the instructions for this process are laid out in a will. In other situations, there is no will, or the will is invalid, making the […]
September 4, 2021

What Do Estate Litigators Do?

The legal world can be confusing, and navigating it can feel especially difficult when you are experiencing the loss of a loved one. Sometimes, the powerful force of grief can bring out the worst in a family. However, one of the primary tasks families face when a loved one passes is a sensitive one that can affect many people on a personal level: determining the division of assets between the beneficiaries. In some cases, when […]
May 13, 2021

What Happens in California if You Cannot Find the Will?

A common question that a probate attorney is asked is how to obtain a copy of a last Will and Testament. Locating the Will may be urgent if funeral or burial instructions are contained in the Will or if anatomical gifts or the authority to conduct an autopsy are granted in the Will. First of all note that you cannot ask to see a copy of a living person’s Will – this is because while […]
May 10, 2021

Payable on Death (POD) and Transfer on Death (TOD) Accounts

The form of ownership determines how property will be managed during the owner’s lifetime and how it will be distributed at the owner’s death. Alternative methods of transferring property on death are sometimes known as “nonprobate transfers,” which include transfers made under California Probate Code §5000. If an account, e.g., a bank account, is payable-on-death (POD) or is a retirement account, e.g., an IRA or non tax deferred brokerage account, is transfer–on-death, with a designated beneficiary (TOD), at death […]
May 7, 2021

Ownership of Real Property by Same-sex Couples in California

As with heterosexual relationships, breakup or death are the two possible endings for homosexual relationships. The manner in which property is held affects the outcome of co-owned property between same-sex couples, just as it does with opposite-sex couples. Manner of Holding Title Or Ownership By Multiple Parties Since 1872, California law has defined four types of ownership interests in real property by multiple persons: 1) joint interests; 2) partnership interests; 3) interests in common; and […]