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When a person passes away, their assets must be disbursed in a manner consistent with state laws and following the directions they put forth when they were alive, as stated in their will. A probate lawyer guides the executor of will or beneficiaries of an estate through the probate process: From identifying estate assets and […]

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Rest assured, many Los Angeles Superior Court probate petitions generate probate notes. They’re very common and easy to address. If you’re working with a probate attorney, they should be handling everything. If you’re doing things on your own, here’s a simple guide.   What are probate notes? Probate notes are simply questions, corrections or additional […]

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A trust litigation attorney becomes necessary when disputes arise during the organized distribution of property from one generation to another, e.g. heirs and beneficiaries. Typically, a trust is constructed in such a way that instructions are clearly stated. However, despite a well-crafted trust document being in place, legal issues can and do still come up, […]

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What are the duties of a trustee in California? California Probate Code outlines Trustee Duties quite clearly. And now, we’re going to make it even clearer. First off, let’s define some popular terms:   What is a trust? A trust, or living trust, is a document designed to help families avoid legal process, probate, after […]

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Contesting a will is more common than heirs, beneficiaries and executors may think. We tell our clients every day: Disputing a loved one’s will or trust does not make you a bad person. All too often wills resulted from interference from a loved one or an interloper. We work with heirs, beneficiaries, administrators, executors, and […]

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Any relationship between two parties in a transaction where at least one of the parties is required to act in good faith and for the benefit of the other party is said to be a fiduciary relationship. One of the most common examples of this is that a lawyer retained by a client, the attorney […]

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One of the easiest and most important things you can do to protect your financial affairs is to arrange for another person to manage your finances if you become incapacitated for any reason. Although many people overlook this important step, if you don’t set up a financial power of attorney, your assets could be thrown […]

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What does an executor of a will do? Being named the executor of a will brings with it a wide variety of important duties that must be carried out to meet the wishes of the decedent. If you have been named as an executor, here are several of the functions you may need to undertake: […]

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If you are the beneficiary named in a will or a trust in California, you have several rights and responsibilities you should consider as you move through the process of settling an estate: Know your rights for your particular situation. Not all wills and trusts are the same. And not all beneficiaries are entitled to […]

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Over the course of the past several years, many laws have been enacted to deal with the ongoing problem of workplace discrimination. In broadest terms, these laws prohibit an employer from discriminating against an employee on almost any grounds except as it relates to job performance or personality. The best known of these laws is […]

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When an employee suspects that their employer is acting illegally in a way that could compromise the health and safety of others, they can report these actions as part of a whistleblower complaint. Whistleblowers may also file complaints about financial irregularities when they believe corporate or publicly traded company fraud exists. Depending on the nature […]

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