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Why You Need A Living Trust

April 5th, 2017

(Living Trusts are a crucial piece of a successful estate, allowing you to have far more control over your assets than a simple will.) A revocable living trust allows you to save time and money by avoiding probate, but the benefits don’t end there. Prevent Court Challenges A contested will can derail your final wishes, […]

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Hanging On, But For How Long?

January 22nd, 2016

The economy is frightening on a nationwide and global scale. So far 2016 has not been very fiscally promising, and unfortunately there is not much light showing at the end of this tunnel. There are a multitude of problems effecting the global economy, such as the crash of China’s market and the end of the […]

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Planning Your Estate

September 6th, 2015

Everyone has plans for retirement, travel, family, friends, but do you have a plan for you? Some may think that they have a proper plan for retirement, perhaps a 401k or a rental property. But simply stacking up money in a piggy bank doesn’t guarantee a safe retirement. A well structured estate plan is necessary […]

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Why are Wills a Rip-Off?

July 7th, 2014

  Have you ever tried to get a will or a trust from a stationary store to try and save money? Or maybe you know someone who has. If you have, what you probably found was the difficulty of trying to decipher the legal language. What you also probably didn’t know is that most of […]

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How much does Probate cost?

June 4th, 2014

The typical cost of probate is between 3-10% of the gross value of the estate. It could cost much more and take even longer in some circumstances. Costs include appraisal fees, court costs, a surety bond, legal fees, accounting fees and a personal representative (executor) fees. In California there’s a scale of statutory attorney’s fees: […]

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How long does Probate take?

June 4th, 2014

The time it takes to probate an estate varies depending on how complicated the estate is. Things that could complicate an estate include: • Whether or not the deceased left things in order or not. If the decedent left a mess of papers, receipts, bills, tax returns and the like; it could take months just […]

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Why is there Probate?

June 3rd, 2014

The primary reason for a probate is to clarify title on property owned by the decedent. Even if there was a will, property that was owned by the decedent is part of the estate and needs to be clarified. The other reason is distribution of the decedent’s property. No one has the legal right to […]

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