Santa Clara Will Lawyer: A Life Estate Can Prevent Your New Spouse and Adult Kids from Fighting Over Your House When You’re Gone

A common concern for those who have remarried is that they still want to leave the bulk of their estate to their adult children without abandoning their current spouse. The solution? Create a life estate. A life estate is an interest in property that allows a person to use a property for the rest of […]

Bay Area Probate Lawyer: Can Beneficiaries Demand a Formal Accounting of an Estate?

An estate administrator has a duty to manage the estate and do so in the best interest of the beneficiaries. However, not every administrator acts in good faith, and even when they do, disputes and discrepancies can make a beneficiary want to know exactly where the assets are and where they’re going. What duty does […]

What Happens if I Don’t Have a Will? An Introduction to California Intestacy Law

Dying intestate, or without a will, is very common. If you die without a will, your property will go through probate and is then distributed according to California’s intestacy laws. Intestacy laws govern intestate property. They go into effect unless there is a valid will to testify to the deceased’s wishes or some other established […]

Preliminary Dos and Don’ts for Special Needs Planning in Santa Clara County

Special needs planning in Santa Clara County can be daunting if you’re just starting. However, a Santa Clara County special needs lawyer can save you the headache of planning and the worry over whether your plan will be executed properly. If you’re new to special needs planning and aren’t sure where to start, check out […]

Santa Clara County Estate Lawyer Advises to Keep it in the Family: Estate Planning and Family Businesses

Giving your children and grandchildren the legacy and pride of a family business can keep your nose to the grindstone for decades. Financial security, family harmony, and growing wealth together are some of the benefits of a family business. Legacies are meant to outlive the legacy makers. If you’re a business owner in California, don’t […]

Silicon Valley Elder Law Attorney Warns: “Adult Children May Be Responsible for Their Parent’s Nursing Home Bill!”

Most people don’t realize the high cost of nursing home care until an aging parent’s health declines to the point that they need to move into one. As a Silicon Valley elder law attorney, I can’t stress enough that this is a really bad time to learn that your family could need to come up […]

San Francisco Bay Area Will Lawyers: How to Handle the Disposition of Your Remains

Funeral planning is not a pleasant experience, especially when you’re pre-planning your own. But, San Francisco Bay Area will lawyers stress that it’s important to have your wishes in writing for after you pass away, since you won’t be around to let anyone know what you want done once you’re gone. Do you want to […]

Parents of Disabled Children: These 4 Critical Components Should Be Part of Your Bay Area Special Needs Planning

When you have a child who may require a lifetime of assistance and care, extra attention must be given to planning their future. Our Bay Area special needs planning lawyers work with parents every day to ensure their disabled children have necessary estate and transition plans in place for total peace of mind in this […]

Santa Clara Trust Lawyer: Consider Using a Trust to Protect Your Child’s Inheritance from Divorce

You’ve worked hard to leave your children a financial legacy, and the last thing you want is for half of your child’s inheritance to walk out the door with an ex-spouse if he or she gets divorced someday. But, under today’s laws, that could actually happen if you don’t safeguard your family’s assets and plan […]

Santa Clara Special Needs Lawyer: Will Receiving an Inheritance Cause Me to Lose My Government Benefits?

As a Santa Clara special needs lawyer, I often receive questions about whether a disabled individual can continue to receive benefits after receiving an inheritance. The answer is that it really depends on the type of benefit that is being collected. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) SSDI is a government benefit that helps those with […]

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