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January 2015 Archives

Importance of a living will at any age for Californians

When people turn 18, their parents no longer have the legal right to make important decisions regarding their healthcare or to have access to their health information. Accidents and serious illnesses can happen no matter how young or old a person may be, and it is important that those over 18 have documents in place to let their loved ones know how they want important medical decisions handled on their behalf.

Understanding proper estate planning in California

Creating an estate plan that meets in individual's needs means understanding where he or she is in life. For instance, a child under age 18 does not need an estate plan because his or her parents will take care of any needs that may arise. Single adults may want to create a durable power of attorney and a living will to ensure that family members can make medical decisions based on that person's wishes.

Common trust errors in California

When people establish trusts, they do so in order to meet certain estate goals. If the estate is not set up correctly, left unfunded or other mistakes are made, the trust may not fulfill the grantor's goals for which it was established in the first place. Although mistakes are commonly made, most can be corrected or avoided.