Does My Name Change Impact Estate Planning Documents?

People’s names often change due to marriage, divorce or a court order. When family names change this can become problematic for any legal documents that have the previous name. For example, consider a daughter who was named as a power of attorney agent or health care representative by a family member several years ago. If… Read More »

Can My California Trust Hold Title to Real Estate?

There are a few different popular reasons why people in California turn to living trusts as an estate planning tool. First of all, a revocable trust gives you the option to change this strategy or eliminate the trust entirely as you choose during your lifetime. Secondly, trusts add a layer of privacy surrounding your estate… Read More »

Who Might Be Liable for Debts of a Deceased Person?

In most cases, individuals associated with an estate are not personally liable for the debts associated with that loved one’s final bills. However, there are exceptions to this. The surviving spouse, for example, is liable for debts that the couple incurred together. For example, even if the other spouse was the one who put charges… Read More »

What Does It Mean to Notarize a Will?

Many wills that are written by estate planning attorneys are notarized even though every state does not require that a will be notarized in order to be classified as legally valid. California does not require the additional step of notarization, although you might still choose to get a notary’s signature and stamp on your will… Read More »

What Is a Will Codicil?

There are a few different methods by which you may be able to make changes to an existing will. If these are minor changes, making an amendment to your will can be done with the support of an experienced estate planning lawyer. In more serious situations in which you want to make drastic changes to… Read More »