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Kasem's wife in guardianship controversy

Casey Kasem's wife has been served with documents that are revoking her rights to make decisions regarding her famous husband's medical care. The documents were part of a California court order that was issued after Kasem's children reported him missing. His wife and children have been battling over control of the icon's care because he did not give anyone power of attorney for health care.

Life insurance and the probate process in California

When a person dies, his or her estate goes through probate. Probate is a public process that verifies that a will or trust was created legally and without duress. It may be challenged by family members or others who may have a reason to do so. Is a life insurance policy subject to the probate process?

Appointing guardians for minor children

California parents should think about making provisions for the care of their minor children. Even for parents who are young and healthy, legal documentation about guardianship is important. While it may be a difficult subject to think about, it can ultimately lead to peace of mind.

Estate plan and tax issues when leaving collections to loved ones

For California residents, estate planning is an important part of ensuring that valuables are distributed properly after death. However, there are potential tax and personal implications of inheriting collections that one should be aware of.

Collections require additional estate decisions

California residents who own collections of art, coins, cars and other valuables may be interested in how to leave them to heirs. There are several things to consider before deciding on a home for precious treasures. One of the first things for a collector to do is to discuss with family and friends any interest they may have in owning a collection or selected items. Appeal and lifestyle could drive the decision on who receives tangible items from a collection.

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