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Reform to Medi-Cal Estate Recovery May Save Your Estate

For those who pass away on or after January 1, 2017, Medi-Cal Estate Recovery may not apply, if your estate is planned correctly. This year, the California legislature passed SB 833, setting in motion major changes to state health care laws, including changes to the Medi-Cal estate recovery practices. With this new legislation, a homeowner […]

By |August 25th, 2016|Estate Planning|0 Comments

5 Helpful Tips for Trustees

Successor Trustees have a great responsibility and a sometimes complicated job administering an estate. A trust leaves behind a set of instructions for the trustee, but those may not be as clear as you wish them to be, and there may be other complications within the family or with the assets. At The Boutique Law […]

By |August 18th, 2016|After a Death, Trust Administration|0 Comments

Succession Planning for Businesses

Succession planning is an important consideration for any small business owner, will your business be handled properly after your death? Generally, it is responsible to plan for the succession at least five to ten years prior to an anticipated transition for your business. It is also essential to consider the possibility of incapacitation or death […]

By |August 17th, 2016|Business Law, Estate Planning|0 Comments

Dealing with Family Dynamics During Probate

Probate is a difficult process no matter the circumstances, the legal complexities are enough to deal with, but family dynamics can make a bad situation worse.

A main factor in the pain and difficulty of a probate is the family dynamic. Family relations and tensions can be escalated by the death of a loved one and […]

By |August 13th, 2016|Probate|0 Comments

Don’t Forget to Fund Your Living Trust

A living trust offers protection of assets and an estate beyond the instructions of a will, but assets are only protected when they are placed into the trust. Funding your trust is essential to ensuring protection from probate, and the transferring of assets into your trust will still allow you to control your assets and […]

By |August 5th, 2016|Estate Planning|0 Comments

How to Choose an Executor or Trustee

The selection of the person to serve as Executor of your Will or Trustee of your Trust is an important decision which requires careful consideration. The selection of a family member may seem obvious, but in some situations this is can lead to turmoil and family divisions. It is essential that you trust the person […]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Estate Planning|0 Comments

Can You Go Through Probate Without an Attorney?

After the passing of a loved one, the thought of facing the probate court can be daunting; it is a complicated and intimidating process with decisions which have significant financial and legal consequences. A common thought is whether an attorney is necessary, or whether it can be done alone.

The simple answer is: yes, you can […]

By |July 27th, 2016|Probate|0 Comments

How Much Do Probate Attorneys Cost?

The most common concern about hiring an attorney for a probate is the cost, this concern is usually uninformed, and understanding probate attorney’s fees is essential in deciding whether to hire one. Here’s what you need to know about probate attorneys’ fees.

The main reason beneficiaries and administrators make the ill-advised decision not to hire an […]

By |July 23rd, 2016|Probate|0 Comments

Top 5 Mistakes Made When Filing Probate Alone

Technically, individuals can attempt to file a probate without an attorney. Navigating the probate court alone, however, can lead to a number of common mistakes, which can lead to serious consequences.
Probate is an extremely complex legal endeavor, which, unfortunately, is typically coupled with the emotional toll of the loss of a loved one. Despite the […]

By |July 21st, 2016|Probate|0 Comments