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King’s Kids Quarrel Over Ownership Rights

MLK, Jr.’s Children Argue About Bible and Nobel Peace Prize Last month, we honored the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on a day set aside for people to remember the civil rights leader and his peaceful messages. Unfortunately, as recently reported by the Associated Press, his three surviving children – Martin Luther King III, Dexter [..]

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The Bare Necessities of Estate Planning in California

The unexpected – a subtle reminder Some of us made New Year’s resolutions this year to take our ‘dream’ vacation’ or become more fit – and one couple visiting the Pasadena area from Scotland may be able to check both those items off their list. As recently reported by the Redlands Daily Facts, a stealth black bear [..]

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Pets and Estate Planning

Can a pet be included in my estate plan? For many, an estate plan creates peace of mind. A sound estate plan ensures that an individual’s assets and property will be managed and dispersed as he or she wishes after death. An estate plan can also put to rest any qualms about a person’s final [..]

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Contesting a Will in California

Can a will be challenged after a testator’s death? Under California Probate Code, it is possible to challenge and ultimately void or alter a will after the testator – the person that made the will – died.  It is important to note that while it is possible, it is uncommon for a will to be voided [..]

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Everyone Needs an Estate Plan

No one lives forever Sadly, as reported in the Los Angeles Times, the new year started with the loss of a Redwood of the music industry – Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers.  Rock legends and a name like Everly – can hoodwink the mind into thinking of eternal life – but we do not live as [..]

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Living Wills: Important Plan of Action that Most Americans Don’t Make

What is a living will? An article recently posted in HealthDay discusses researchers’ findings that show most Americans do not prepare for end-of-life decisions.  A living will – also known as an advance directive and in California referred to as an advance health care directive (AHCD) – is a document that specifies end-of-life care desires. [..]

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Discussing Your Estate Plan with your Children

Is ‘inheritance talk’ a taboo holiday topic? The holidays are fast approaching and so is the end of yet another year.  Family traditions and gatherings are abounding during the holidays.  For many, these are times to gather with family members, enjoy each other’s company – talk about the ‘old days’ as well as catch up [..]

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Estate Planning Dispute: Pictures Can’t Always Tell the Story

Battle Over Farrah Painting The media is abuzz with the pending Farrah Fawcett painting dispute between actor, Ryan O’Neal, and the University of Texas.  At the center of the legal battle is who owns an Andy Warhol silkscreen of the late Fawcett – Ryan O’Neal, her longtime companion and father of her son, or her [..]

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The Mistake of Dying Without a Will in California

Tragic Reminders The untimely and tragic car crash death of 40 year-old actor, Paul Walker was all over the news last week.  Across the country winter weather-related accidents and unexpected deaths are also making headlines.  These misfortunes are an important reminder to understand and prepare for the unexpected – so your family does not have [..]

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You Need to have a “Digital Executor”

Virtually our entire lives and livelihoods are online, therefore, it is an absolute necessity that you have a digital executor. Most people don’t think about what their websites, domain names, facebook accounts, and email addresses are worth. It’s very important to inventory your digital media and make sure that someone has all the passwords and [..]

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