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The truth about debt, death and heir responsibility

Dying with debt is a topic that makes most people feel uncomfortable. Residents of California and elsewhere typically work hard to keep a firm handle on their debt so that it does not become overwhelming. However, as you might imagine, people do die with unpaid debt. The Federal Reserve Board's Survey of Consumer Finances reveals that households headed by senior citizens hold about $40,000 of debt. Further, the survey revealed that the number of seniors with debt is increasing.

Addressing educational expenses in your California estate plan

As the cost of educational expenses continues to soar for California residents, it is clearer than ever how important a college fund can be. The 529 college savings plan is one way to address this issue. Parents or grandparents (or anyone) can create a 529 plan to help a loved one pay for education. As the nation's current economy proves, it is never too soon to start a college fund. While the 529 plan is effective, it can also be problematic if not setup correctly.

The death of Prince highlights the need for good estate planning

As far as anyone knows, Prince left no will when he died on April 21, 2016. This means that no instructions regarding the distribution of his significant estate exists. Experts say it could take years to sort out the value of Prince's assets, which are estimated to exceed $100 million. Tyka Nelson, Prince's only full sibling, filed an emergency motion requesting the appointment of a special administrator to gather and protect the musician's assets.

Effective estate planning to keep your family out of probate

The word probate makes most California residents feel uneasy. Many do not really know why this happens, they just know that probate is something to avoid whenever possible. Perhaps these people have heard alarming stories from friends or family about the horrors of probate, or maybe they have read about it online. Whatever the reason, it is safe to say that most people want to keep their family members away from probate after they pass away.

Attorney ethics and estate planning for elders

When representing elderly California clients, attorneys have ethical responsibilities to which they must adhere. This often means that the client's family members are excluded from the estate planning process. As such, these family members may become concerned because they have not been included. However, you should know that there is a reason for this and it is in the best interests of your loved one.

Are you a California single? Estate planning is still important

If you are unattached or unmarried, you probably do not give much thought to your estate. However, most single Californians need an estate plan as much as those who are married do. Consider this: When a married person dies without an estate plan, his or her assets will likely be distributed to the spouse and the children. But when a single person dies without a plan, his or her assets could go the state.

Media mogul's latest competency report filed and then sealed

One of the biggest media moguls of today took his estate planning efforts seriously. Sumner Redstone, the 92-year-old controlling shareholder of both CBS and Viacom, has a family trust in place to protect his interests in the event of death or incapacity.

Updating and maintaining your estate plan

If you are like many California citizens, you have already created an estate plan and had it examined by an attorney. Congratulations for thinking ahead and staying on track. At the risk of putting a negative spin on all your hard work, there are still a few things you should consider in the estate planning process. One of these things is the need to update an existing plan. A proper estate plan does require maintenance to remain strong and effective, but the good news is that it is pretty easy to make the necessary changes.

Too young for estate planning? Think again.

For many young professionals in Southern California, the last thing on their minds is getting a proper estate plan set-up. There is just too much going on right now. Plus, estate planning is for older people, like your parents and baby-boomers, right?

Estate plans to fit California residents' unique needs

At the Law Office of Barbara J. Dibble, we provide California residents with estate planning services to prepare them for the day when -- heaven forbid -- a calamity strikes and they are mentally or physically incapacitated and unable to make decisions for themselves. Our estate planning services also create an action plan for what will happen in the event of an unexpected death. We take great pride in offering specially catered plans that address the specific and varying needs of our clients.

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