Frequently Asked Questions
Here is probably more than you'd ever want to know about estate planning and probate. But as always, we want you to have as much knowledge and understanding as possible about the legal process. Click on any of the questions below to view the answer. Check back periodically, as I add more questions and answers.
● If I die without a will, won't the State of California take everything? ● I don't own a house and have only a few thousand dollars in the bank. Do I need a will? ● Who can witness my will? ● Should my will be notarized? ● Can I prepare my own will or trust? ● What is a "holographic will?" ● I made my will in another state. Is it legal in California? ● Should I specify my funeral instructions in my will? ● I have named my children as beneficiaries on all my bank accounts. Will these accounts have to go through probate? ● Where should I keep my original will and/or trust?
● What is a "living trust?" Do I need one? ● How does a trust work? ● How do I manage my trust while I am alive? ● Will a living trust avoid estate taxes? ● Will a living trust protect my assets from creditors? ● Will a living trust allow me to qualify for Medi-Cal while still leaving my assets to my children? ● I have a disabled child on public benefits. What is a "Special Needs Trust?" ● If I have a trust, do I still need a will? ● What about those "Trust Seminars," then?
Disinheritance and Will Contests
Marriage, Divorce and Your Estate
● What is the difference between "community property" and "separate property"? ● I owned my own home, but put my husband's name on it after marriage. Does that make it community property? ● What if I didn't put my husband's name on the house? Will it be mine if we divorce or will he still get half? ● What is the difference between tenants in common and joint tenancy?
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Durable powers of attorney
Expert Assistance In:
Minimizing estate taxes
Helping your loved ones in the orderly distribution of your estate
Also Serving Clients In:
Small business formation and maintenance
Real estate matters
Serving the communities of:
Livermore, Oakland, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, San Lorenzo, Fremont, Union City, Dublin, Pleasanton and San Ramon.
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Livermore, CA 94551
Livermore, CA 94551