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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.

Saying goodbye to rock star legend David Bowie

David Bowie's sudden death has shocked everyone into a state of disbelief. Very few people were aware that Bowie was suffering from terminal cancer, even close friends like Brian Eno. However, it seems that Bowie himself was well-prepared for the end of his life, as he seems to have released his final album just in time.

Who can benefit from estate planning?

A lot of Americans feel that estate planning is only something that rich people need do. While it is true that estate planning becomes more vital when you have more assets to organize and divvy up, to say that low and middle income California residents cannot benefit from an estate plan is simply not true. This article will discuss how less affluent people can also benefit from an estate plan.

Estate planning for your pet's future

A lot of California residents treat their pets like children. In fact, some even treat their pets better than their children. Considering how much we love our furry little friends, it's no wonder that we choose to include them in our estate plans. In fact, the process of safeguarding your pet's future is a lot easier than you might think.

2 of the biggest estate planning mistakes to avoid

Every Orange County, California, resident knows that he or she needs to establish an estate plan. However, if you have never created an estate plan before, there are a lot of mistakes that you might inadvertently make during the process of putting one together. This article will discuss two of the most common mistakes you want to avoid when it comes to estate planning.

Conservatorship taken from Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband

Zsa Zsa Gabor, who is now 98 years old, had been cared for in part through the temporary conservatorship that her husband had over her. Her husband is Frederic Prinz von Anhalt. However, this position was recently stripped away by a judge. The judge claimed the man no longer needed this power because the woman could use an advanced health care directive instead.

Daughter of Peter Falk seeking visitation rights bill

Catherine Falk, the daughter of Peter Falk, is advocating for a new law that would grant children the ability to visit their incapacitated or elderly parents. Catherine experienced difficulty visiting her father while he was incapacitated with Alzheimer's disease. Her stepmother was preventing her from seeing him.

GST and Estate Planning Tips

Making an estate plan in California requires understanding of both federal and state laws regarding gifts and taxes. It is very important that those who create an estate plan have a full understanding of the implications of any particular decision to save, move or bequeath funds. Estate planning is best handled with the help of a professional who understands the numerous laws at the federal and state level that can impact how estate funds are handled.

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