Manufactured & Mobile Homes in a Decedent’s Estate.

For many, a manufactured / mobile home is home. What happens when a California resident dies owning a manufactured or mobile home situated in California? If the manufactured or mobile home is situated on a permanent foundation and a form 433A filed with the county recorder then the manufactured or mobile home and the land […]

posted on: November 24, 2022

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Non Resident Decedent with Real Property in California.

If a non-resident (non-domiciliary) decedent dies owning real property in California, the administration of the deceased non-resident’s real property in California is subject to California law. How the non-resident’s real property in California is owned (titled) in major part dictates whether the non-resident’s real property in California is subject to probate in California. If the […]

posted on: November 10, 2022

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Preserving Estate Planning Documents

Preserving estate planning documents is important to their future implementation. The original documents need to be readily available, altogether and accessible when the time comes. An original will needs to be preserved and be available to the named executor. In California, the law presumes that if the decedent’s original will was last in the decedent’s […]

posted on: October 27, 2022

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No Estate Planning and Rude Awakenings

Estate planning by a married person can help to avoid unintended negative consequences to a surviving spouse and children. This is particularly important when the married person is in a subsequent marriage and has separate property acquired prior to the current marriage. Does a surviving spouse automatically inherit the deceased spouse’s house? Some married people […]

posted on: October 13, 2022

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Waiving The Surviving Spouse’s Rights

Marriage confers important rights and obligations on spouses. One of the rights is that of the surviving spouse’s rights in the deceased spouse’s estate. In California, couples prior to marriage and during marriage can agree that the surviving spouse waive certain inheritance rights in a deceased spouse’s estate (Probate Code sections 141-147). Upon divorce, a […]

posted on: September 28, 2022

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How to Successfully Transfer Your Property to Loved Ones

For many people when it comes to estate planning, the challenging part is deciding the right way to transfer property to loved ones. A house is not only a significant investment, but is also tied to many memories and emotions. A commonly asked question is, how to leave your home to your kids. Unfortunately, there […]

posted on: September 22, 2022

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What Are the Differences Between Estate Planning and Legacy Planning?

There is a common misconception that estate planning and legacy planning are the same things. Alternatively, some people assume that you can use one and ignore the other. As much as they are different things, they go hand in hand. Both of them are aimed at making arrangements for the future in case of death […]

posted on: September 22, 2022

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Death of the Deceased Spouse.

The surviving spouse has important estate administration duties at the death of the first spouse to die (i.e., “the deceased spouse”).  These sometimes go neglected until the surviving spouse dies.  The surviving spouse needs to examine how the deceased spouse’s assets are titled.  Real properties may be held by a husband and wife as tenants […]

posted on: September 8, 2022

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Legal Identification and Estate Planning

Sufficient proof of a person’s identity, such as a state issued driver’s license, is needed in many situations related to estate planning and estate administration.  Consider, for example, notarizing estate planning documents, obtaining a medallion signature guarantee to transfer securities, opening a bank account, obtaining possession of legal documents, and receiving an inheritance.  Let us […]

posted on: August 26, 2022

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Including Real Property Left out of a Decedent’s Estate or Trust.

Administering a decedent’s probate or trust estate can involve unforeseen challenges.  Let us consider two probate scenarios where title to real property that belonged to the decedent was nonetheless titled outside of the decedent’s name and presented a challenge as to how to title the real property into the estate.  Also, let us consider a […]

posted on: August 11, 2022

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