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What will happen if I die without a will in California?

Unfortunately, many California residents still do not believe they need a will. Sometimes this is because they do not have much in the way of possessions and other times it may be because they think their family members can work it all out. However, the distribution of any property or assets without a will may depend on factors outside of your family's control.

Keep these special situations in mind when estate planning

No one's family, financial or life situation is the same; therefore, no one's estate plan will be the same. For this reason, Orange County estate planning attorneys need to consider all of the unique circumstances faced by their clients when deciding what kind of estate plan is appropriate for them. Here are a few special situations you might want to include in your plan.

Where to start when drafting a will

So you got out a pen and a piece of paper, and you sat down in your office, planning to start drafting your will. Then, though you had all of the good intentions in the world, you just sat there, unsure where to begin.

What should I do with my inheritance?

Being blessed with an inheritance seems like a good thing, and indeed it can have many beneficial effects on your life, but with a sizable inheritance also comes a great deal of responsibility. The fact is, deciding how to appropriately handle your inheritance will take time, work and attention to detail.

Basic information on living wills

A lot of California residents confuse living wills with actual wills. However, living wills are actually quite different. These documents -- which are also referred to as "directive to physicians" and "health care directives" -- express an individual's preferences with regard to medical care in the event that he or she cannot communicate those preferences due to incapacitation.

Estate planning tips for the modern digital age

In the internet age, most of us will leave behind some kind of a digital legacy that includes online bank accounts, investment accounts, digital photos and other kinds of data. Most of this information will be password protected and some of the data can be very valuable to our heirs -- either for financial or sentimental reasons. This is why it is now necessary for Orange County residents to create a plan for organizing their digital assets and to include them in their estate plans.

Disney barred from using Robin Williams' 'Aladdin' outtakes

Disney is blocked from using Robin Williams' outtakes from the original "Aladdin movie," until 2039. The comedian's will has a stipulation that prevents the media giant from producing new films with unused material from Williams' "Aladdin" recording sessions completed in 1991.

Do single people need an estate plan?

A lot of single people in California wrongly assume that they don't need an estate plan. However, this simply is not true. Single people need estate plans just like married people do. The only difference is that the issues single people face are slightly different.

Wills and estates in Orange County

Like it or not, the average California family might not get along very well when it comes to dividing the estate of a deceased loved one. The more money and assets are involved, the more chance there will be of family disagreements. Unfortunately, the average person will greatly underestimate their family's capacity for infighting and disagreement. It is vital to never forget this danger and to do everything possible during estate planning to ensure that the chance of bitterness, jealousy and fighting is reduced to the absolute minimum.

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