California Estate Administration Basics

Once the funeral is over, the next step is estate administration. It’s very likely that the named executor or administrator has never held the responsibility of administering an estate. The California probate process can take between 12 to 18 months provided that everything goes smoothly. There are a lot of steps involved in the process. In this post, we’re going …

Wills and Estate Planning: Talking to a Lawyer

Wills and estate planning are topics that every adult needs to address, but it’s not always easy to do. In addition to facing the reality that death is absolute, many people simply don’t know how to get started. Most people with little knowledge about wills and estate planning generally come to see a lawyer with just one idea: they want …

California Intestate Laws: What Happens If You Die without a Will?

The purpose of a will in an estate plan is to give you the ability to state how you want your possessions and money distributed. You can also use it to state who you do not want to give anything to when you die. It’s also used to name a guardian to care for minor children. So, what happens if …

California Estate Planning: The Basic Documents Involved

California estate planning documents

California estate planning can involve different documents. While there are many documents that are chosen based on specific circumstances, there are some basic documents that are likely to be involved. In this post, you’re going to learn about those documents. This is important because it is your estate. We want to make sure that you can hold a simple conversation …

California Probate: What Can Make the Process Longer?

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California probate can be an excruciating process. Not every asset goes through the probate process. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the process is a quick one. In fact, there are several issues that can make the probate process longer. In this post, we’re going to discuss some of the most common issues that may affect the California probate process.

Holographic Wills in California: Are They Legal? What Is Required?

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In California, a holographic will is a will that is handwritten. While they are legal in the State of California, they are often contested during the probate process. In this post, we’re going to look at the requirements of California holographic wills and some considerations you should keep in mind when determining whether this is the right sort of will …

Named as an Estate Administrator or Executor? Here’s What You Need to Know

Being named as an estate administrator or executor can be an overwhelming experience. There’s a good chance that the person who named you didn’t give you a copy of their will (let alone their entire estate plan, including an inventory of their assets). What do you do? Where do you start? In this post, we’re going to look at your …

California Advanced Health Directives: What Are They? What Do They Do?

A California advanced health directive acts as an important part of an estate plan. It’s often used as a stand-alone document, too. If you’ve been hospitalized in California, then you were probably asked if you had an advanced health directive. If you said, you may have even been asked if you’d like to create one.

Estate Planning Basics: What Is an Estate Plan?

There is a major misconception about estate planning. That is: estate planning isn’t for everyone. It’s easy to understand why this incorrect notion has made the rounds. It’s something that we all think about when it comes to assets. There are people who believe that because they don’t own multiple properties, have millions of dollars in the bank, or expensive …

Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

Estate planning is meant to make the probate process easier. The documents you would use to plan your estate depend on many factors (although there are some basic forms that every estate plan should include, such as a Last Will and Testament). Because the planning is individualized, it’s important to be aware of the most common mistakes in estate planning …