4 Reasons You Need a Will Now, According to a Bay Area Wills and Estates Lawyer

Of course, it makes sense that a Bay Area wills and estates attorney would tell you to create a will, right? Our job is to help people plan for what will happen to their estates once they’re gone. But having been involved in estate planning in the Bay Area for such a long time, it’s […]

What is Long-Term Care… and Why Do I Need to Think About It Now?

By Gary Brainin, Bay Area elder lawyer As a Bay Area elder lawyer, I help people plan for long-term care costs on a regular basis. Long-term care can include any service that helps people who have a prolonged illness. The illness can be a physical disability or a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease or […]

“Pre-Planning Your Funeral is Essential, but Think Twice Before Pre-Paying,” Warns Bay Area Will and Trust Lawyer

By Gary Brainin, Bay Area Will and Trust Lawyer Based on what I am seeing as a Bay Area will and trust lawyer, more and more people are considering pre-planning and pre-paying for their own funeral. For years, I have recommended that my clients include their wishes for their final arrangements in their estate plans, […]

Santa Clara Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses Protecting Your Kids Should Something Happen to You

One of my greatest passions as a Santa Clara estate planning lawyer is educating parents about how important it is to prepare for their untimely death. Not a fun topic, I realize. But it just takes one sad circumstance of parents passing away and leaving the kids to deal with squabbling relatives to understand how […]

“Check the Oil, Rotate the Tires, and Update Your Estate Plan,” says Silicon Valley Wills Lawyer

By Gary Brainin, Silicon Valley wills lawyer If you own a car, you know it requires regular maintenance in order to perform well and be reliable. When you purchased your car, you probably received a recommended schedule for service. If you follow that schedule, most likely your car will continue to work well. If you […]

Santa Clara Will and Trust Lawyer Answers, “Will My Inheritance Be Taxed?”

When the subject of inheritance is being discussed, people almost always ask this question to their Will and Trust lawyer in Santa Clara County. Here is what you need to know about how you might be taxed on an inheritance. Income Taxes The IRS expects you to report every source of income. This leads many […]

When Does a Power of Attorney Expire in Santa Clara County?

A Power of Attorney is a legal device that is used to give someone the power to act on your behalf if you are unable to. For example, if you have Alzheimer’s disease, there is a possibility that you will get to the point where it is no longer possible for you to make decisions. […]

Bay Area Elder Law Attorney: BIG Changes Coming for Nursing Home Contracts

The Centers for Medicare and Medi-Cal Services (CMS) just made a momentous change of federal nursing home regulations. Nursing homes are now banned from using pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements. This means nursing homes can no longer force you to sign away your right to due process. Let me explain…. Before this regulation change, nursing homes […]

Silicon Valley Estate Attorney: How Improper Planning Can Make a Legal Mess After Death

It’s hard to believe that more than half of all adults in America do not have a Last Will and Testament or Trust in place, especially with so many public stories of celebrities who left their estates a mess by not leaving behind a Will, leaving an invalid Will, or not properly funding their Trusts. […]

Do I Need A New Estate Plan If I Move to a New State?

If I had to pick one question that I am asked the most, I’d have to say this one ranks way up there… Do I need a new estate plan if I move out of California? Just like the answer to most estate planning questions, the answer is “it depends.” However, this one has a […]

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