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30 Things You Can Do With A Law Degree

Not everyone who goes to law school, gets a law degree and even passes the bar wants to practice law. Some do it for the education and the skills law school can teach...

 
 

Avoiding Problems When Using Electronic Signatures

Although the benefits of signing documents electronically heavily outweigh the potential disadvantages involved in this process, individuals choosing to use an electronic signature service should be aware of the following pitfalls that may...

 
 

How To Find a Pro Bono Attorney

There’s so much legal advice on the Internet that it’s easy to forget how many people struggle to be able to afford it. And when people below the poverty line face genuine, difficult...

 
 

What To Do When Your Driver’s License Has Been…

“License and registration please.” These words can be unnerving enough during a routine traffic stop. But consider how these words feel when you’re driving with a suspended license. They probably sound like impending...

 

Archive for Trusts, Wills and Probate

When Can A Will Be Properly Contested?

Contesting a will can be a difficult decision – and it can have difficult consequences. Problems from inheritance have plagued mankind for millennia, and even in modern times, there are never any easy...

How To Use Trusts to Avoid Estate Taxes

In modern parlance, a “trust” has the connotation of extreme wealth, of an upper-crust legal refinement that most people in the middle-class wouldn’t be able to enjoy. But in reality, a legal trust...

Ten Ways to Legally Reduce Your Estate Tax Burden

The estate tax is often a tax many people don’t worry about – that is, until they finally sit down and try to figure out how much they’ll be leaving behind. The federal...

What Most Americans Don’t Know About Estate Pl…

In America, our culture can often be described as “impatient.” A flight that’s delayed ten minutes can feel like a lifetime of waiting. A text message that takes ten seconds longer to send...

A Guide to Differences Between Wills and Living Will…

Let’s be honest: when it comes to estate planning, a lot of people prefer the bliss of ignorance to the bliss of wisdom. Wills, to them, are complicated things, reminders of our own...

How to Choose the Right Executor for Your Will

What is one of the most valuable social resources? Simple: trust. When you trust someone implicitly, it gives you an ally – someone who can take care of you when you’re sick or...

The Importance of Beneficiary Designations

When was the last time your reviewed the beneficiary designation form from your retirement plan, IRA, life insurance policies or annuities?  If your answer is typical, you don’t remember. A recent U.S. Supreme...

The Future of the Federal Estate Tax

As of February of 2010, the United States enjoyed more than a month of complete repeal of the federal estate tax.  Before its repeal, the federal estate tax was almost as old as...

Asset Protection with Estate Planning

What’s the single hottest topic in California estate planning?  Here in Sacramento foreclosures are a popular topic but not so much for people with assets.  Estate tax law changes are always in vogue...

You Signed Your Revocable Trust, But Did You Fund It…

A properly funded trust will avoid probate upon your death and provide management of your assets without court involvement should you become disabled or incapacitated.  Although your Last Will and Testament may provide...