Ask a San Francisco Peninsula Estate Planning Lawyer: “I Just Discovered a Long-Lost Sister. Can She Inherit Dad’s Estate?”

This may sound like a situation from a movie, but our San Francisco Peninsula estate planning lawyers have actually received a few calls like these. A long-lost child appears after the death of their parent. This is an alarming situation for so many reasons, but people often wonder if that child has a claim against […]

Your Santa Clara Trusts and Estates Attorney Can Help Plan for Your Religious Needs

When it comes to Santa Clara estate planning, most of us are aware of the common things we need to discuss with our Santa Clara trusts and estates attorney. There are so many financial concerns, legal concerns, and even personal concerns regarding a person’s inheritance and other desires. However, when it comes down to honoring […]

Basics of Will Administration in Silicon Valley: What Does It Mean to Contest a Will?

When it comes to your will administration in Silicon Valley, you likely assume that the hard work and planning you put in with your lawyer will ensure everything goes off without a hitch. The good news is that this is precisely what happens the majority of the time. Will and trust administration is a big […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Santa Clara Will Attorney: Five Considerations When Choosing a Legal Guardian for Your Kids

Choosing a legal guardian who can raise your kids if you are unexpectedly incapacitated or pass away can be a daunting and difficult challenge. There are many things to take into account such as parenting styles and the potential guardian’s ability to love and take care of your children. These are just some of the […]

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