Helpful Resources

At Gaudy Law, not only do we provide outstanding legal service, but we strive to educate our clients about the law and how it applies to your business, family, or estate. We have created a series of videos to answer some of the questions that we frequently hear from prospective and current clients. We hope you find these videos educational, and we are always here to help if you have additional questions.

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    Unfortunately, transferring a property to a living trust does not protect you. One of the advantages of a living trust is that you can change it. The reason you can […]

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  • Would a virtual assistant help you do more?

    Here’s a great podcast is from the CEO of a company called Belay. He discusses the world of virtual office spaces and his company of over 400 people with zero office […]

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  • Am I required to pay employees for travel time?

    Employee Travel Time… I hear this question fairly often:“Am I required to pay my employees for travel time from their home to a faraway job site/work location?”  Here’s my response:Good question! 😊 […]

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  • Does transferring a property into a living trust protect me from creditors or lawsuits?

    Unfortunately, transferring a property to a living trust does not protect you. One of the advantages of a living trust is that you can change it. The reason you can […]

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  • Would a virtual assistant help you do more?

    Here’s a great podcast is from the CEO of a company called Belay. He discusses the world of virtual office spaces and his company of over 400 people with zero office […]

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  • Am I required to pay employees for travel time?

    Employee Travel Time… I hear this question fairly often:“Am I required to pay my employees for travel time from their home to a faraway job site/work location?”  Here’s my response:Good question! 😊 […]

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  • California Law to stay up to date on…

    The legal landscape for California employers is ever-changing. California Assembly Bill 749 was signed into effect on October 12, 2019, and beginning January 1, 2020, California employers’ agreements with its employees […]

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  • How to make sure insurance companies won’t deny coverage: Helpful Tip!

    You’ve taken great care in setting up your business, including purchasing various insurance policies to protect against potential claims and lawsuits. But what good are all of those hundreds of thousands […]

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  • New Requirements for Sexual Harassment Training

    California recently enacted SB1343, which amended California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) to expand employers’ sexual harassment training requirements. Previously, employers with 50 or more employees had to provide their […]

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  • Are you over inspired?

    Today’s business tip is simple: Choose action over inspiration. Some people are always consuming motivational content, and never actually acting on it. The truth is, we have enough inspiration, it’s all around us. […]

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  • Does Your Website Comply With The ADA?

    So you spent money on developing a fancy website for your business, but is it accessible to the disabled? If it isn’t, you are at significant risk of being sued […]

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  • Business Tip: How to Build a Support Network

    You need a support network. A group of people who are in a similar stage of career or life who can give you counsel when you need it and who you can […]

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  • Employee or Independent Contractor?

    Have you ever wondered how to figure out if someone who works for you should be considered an employee or an independent contractor? Well, the rules just became more clear and more restrictive at […]

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  • Business Tip: Why Your Marketing Message Should Be Simple

    Marketing your business sometimes feels like the least fun part of running a business. I’ve tried a ton of different strategies over the years—some with more success than others! My […]

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  • Why an LLC is a smart idea and why you need to keep yours up to date.

    “Does an LLC / Corporation really protect my business?” YES! We get this question every week and I can tell you that with very rare exceptions, creating a properly set up […]

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  • Avoiding Leadership Pitfalls…

    “We’ve all seen the breaking news headlines. It’s yet another leader who’s crashed and burned with a financial scandal, an affair, or a struggle with addiction. The leader’s family is wrecked. […]

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  • What’s your process for new hires?

    “Should I have a process for new hires or just go with my gut?” You absolutely need to have a simple process for new hires! In fact, you probably already […]

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  • Should I have an email disclaimer?

    “Should I have an email disclaimer for my business?” YES! And you should do it today! While there is a lot of debate about whether they are necessary, email disclaimers […]

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  • Arbitration agreements?

    Should my company have an arbitration agreement for disputes with our employees? The short answer is YES! Here’s why… While each employer’s circumstances are different, as a general rule, you should […]

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  • Business Solutions

    Start with your “why”How many times have we heard of leaders who can’t inspire others? Or managers who can’t get employees to perform at the level they could be? It’s […]

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  • Do you trust your employees? Really trust them?

    How do we build up trust with our employees? Well, we can start by doing what we say we’re going to do consistently and… by trusting them. I can say […]

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  • Badmouthing from a terminated employee… be very careful with this one.

    “What do I do if a recently terminated employee is badmouthing me, the employer, to my customers and remaining employees?”  Great question! 😊This can happen to anyone… This question is actually […]

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  • Changes to lactation requirements in California…

    Big news on expanding the California Labor Code and Health and Safety Code to require additional lactation accommodation for employees.  Under a new Lactation law, effective January 1, 2020, lactation space must […]

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  • Motor Carrier’s Get Temporary Relief From AB5

    Motor Carrier’s Get Temporary Relief From AB5 (Independent Contractor or Employee) California Assembly Bill 5 (“AB5”) took effect on January 1, 2020, but its implications were felt by all California […]

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  • Start Organizing Your Time

    This week’s podcast recommendation is from Dan Sullivan and Joe Polish. Dan’s book “The time breakthrough” and his use of Free days, Focus Days, and Buffer days has been a huge […]

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  • Are you using background checks for every new hire?

    What do you need to know about background checks when hiring? California employers that conduct background checks on job applicants (and we should all be conducting background checks! 😊) must comply […]

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  • Stop letting email rule your life.

    “Is there a better way to handle my email?” YES!   For years I worked as hard as possible without stopping to think about how I might be able to […]

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  • You’ve heard about arbitration agreements (they are LIFESAVERS for businesses).

    Ask any business that has been involved in a lawsuit. It is expensive, requires substantial time and resources, and can create terrible working morale. Add to that the potential for class-action lawsuits, and businesses could be […]

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  • Advertising Disruption

    How has Advertising changed through the years? This week’s podcast is from one of my favorite shows called “Trailblazers with Walker Isaacson.” Each episode he chronicles how a certain field […]

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  • New Law Affecting your business: California Assembly Bill 5 (the gig worker bill)

    Very recently, California’s governor signed into law a piece of legislation that dramatically reshapes how employees and independent contractors are defined. If your business employs even 1 worker that it classifies as […]

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  • The trick to seeing what your customer sees.

    We all know that it’s important to think about how our customers experience our business.  Start by asking yourself these questions: How do my clients first hear about my business? What motivated them to reach […]

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  • Why you should use non disclosure agreements.

    Should I use non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements for my employees and independent contractors? YES! While non-competition agreements (covenants not to compete) are essentially unenforceable in California, you can and you should […]

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  • What do I do when an employee doesn’t show up for work?

    How you handle the termination of an employee can have huge legal consequences. Done incorrectly, an employer could face an imminent lawsuit with a slew of legal claims amounting to tens or even […]

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  • What is your company’s brand? (It’s not what you think)

    Have you ever thought about branding for your company?If I ask you “what is your brand?” how do you respond?Is it your logo? Your colors? Your overall “look”? Brand is […]

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  • You’re too stressed (and your business is probably suffering from it).

    Entrepreneurs, and business owners in general, tend to be people who work hard and want to make an impact. They create their own internal pressure system that pushes them to achieve. But… […]

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  • If you have commission agreements set up…

    Plenty of companies use commission incentives to encourage employees to be more invested in the company. Generally, the calculation of commissions is very straightforward and employees are excited at the prospect […]

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  • What are you putting in your brain this week?

    Business owners are unique. We’re risk-takers, doers, changers, and challengers. I’ve learned that I have the most forward motion, (a huge key to success in business), when I’m around people […]

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  • What is probate and do I need it?

    What is probate? This is the most common question we get. Probate is three things: it’s a code, it’s a process, and it’s the name of the court. It is […]

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  • Do I need a lawyer if my parents died with a trust?

    My parents passed away with a trust. Do I still need a lawyer? Typically, the answer to that is no thankfully. It can be a long and expensive process to […]

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  • I’ve been appointed as administrator or executor of the probate. What happens next?

    I’m newly appointed as the executor of my probate with the courts. What is the next step in the probate process? Once appointed, the court will issue letters of administration […]

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  • Gaudy Law Estate Planning Documents Overview

    Gaudy Law estate planning documents, what are they? These can be received in the mail or uploaded into your My Case account. Let’s do an overview of the documents. Living […]

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  • I’ve hired Gaudy Law for my probate. What happens next?

    How does the process work after hiring Gaudy Law for my probate? We will be drafting your documents over the next two weeks. Our goal is to get the documents […]

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  • What do I need to know about my estate planning intake sheet?

    Can we walk through the intake sheet from my estate planning? We have tried to create the intake sheet so that it makes a lot of sense even if you’re […]

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  • Can I do my estate planning through LegalZoom?

    What is the difference between me handling things myself using LegalZoom vs. coming here and working with you? As a person who is a do-it-yourselfer, I understand the urgent desire […]

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  • I’ve been appointed as administrator or executor of the probate. What happens next?

    I’ve been appointed as the executor of my probate with the courts, what is the next step in the probate process? Once appointed, the court will issue letters of administration […]

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  • Should I discuss with my children how they fit into my trust?

    Should I have conversations with the people that I am planning to put into my trust? It usually comes down to children and many people completing this process are doing […]

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  • How do I deal with going through the contents of the home and should I have an estate sale?

    What do I do when a family member has passed away and they have left a lot of contents in the home? Should I have an estate sale? It can […]

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  • How long does the estate planning process take?

    How long is the estate planning process and how does it work? It usually takes on or off, about three weeks. There are exceptions, such as an emergency process where […]

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  • Why are there so many things in my trust that don’t seem like they apply to me?

    What do I do when receiving legal documents that don’t feel like they apply to me? I know it can seem like you are signing every piece of paper that’s […]

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  • What do I do if I don’t have a good choice for an executor or trustee of my estate?

    What if I don’t have a good choice for a trustee? Many times this will occur because the person is an only child and does not have children of their […]

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  • What is Probate?

    A loved one passes away without a trust and we have to go through probate. What is probate? Probate is something that we want to avoid but it is also […]

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  • As a small business owner, why do I need a lawyer?

    Why does a small business owner need a lawyer? Many find out they need a lawyer when it’s too late. I constantly hear from our business clients, “I never saw […]

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  • What is a conservatorship and do I need one?

    Do I need a conservatorship? A conservatorship is needed if you have a loved one who is older and getting into the first stages of dementia; Alzheimer’s; or who is […]

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  • What do I do if the executor/trustee is not doing their job? What are my rights?

    What are my rights if an executor or the trustee is not doing their job? This is an extremely common question. An example of a normal conversation is, “My brother, […]

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  • What is a living trust and do I need one?

    What is a living trust? For most people the word trust, living trust, and revocable living trust are interchangeable terms that mean the document you’re creating in California and in […]

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  • What do I do if I can’t quite figure out how to work MyCase?

    What do I do if I have questions about MyCase? The best thing to do when you have questions is to call us immediately and say, “You know here’s my […]

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  • What do I need to know to protect myself from employee issues and lawsuits?

    What does a business owner need to know to make sure they are protecting themselves from possible employee issues or lawsuits? It really is a sad day when I get […]

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  • What if the creator of a will or trust didn’t have capacity or was under undue influence?

    What do you do to contest a will or a trust that was created by a person who drafted it that didn’t have the capacity to do it or was […]

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  • How do I talk to my aging parents about getting their affairs in order?

    My parents are getting older. How do talk to them about their affairs? It can be very tough because death is not something anybody likes to talk about. Unfortunately, should […]

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  • What’s the Difference between an LLC and a Corporation?

    Often times we’re confused between these terms: LLC and corporation. What’s the difference? Which was better for my company? What’s the difference between the two? Do they protect me? This […]

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  • Trustee or executor not doing their job, keeping you informed, or refusing to distribute the estate.

    What do I do if a trustee or an executor doesn’t seem to be doing their job, is not keeping me informed, or is refusing to distribute the estate in […]

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  • What is a special needs trust and do I need one?

    Do I need a special needs trust? A special need trust is a trust that protects assets for someone who might be on some kind of state disability from having […]

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  • How does the probate process work for estates without any real property?

    How does probate work for estates that don’t have real property? If a person passes away and all they had was an account then there is a key number of […]

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  • How to keep your business and corporate books up to date?

    How do I make sure that my corporate books are up to date after starting a business? If you start a corporation or LLC online, you are provided with the […]

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  • What happens after I sign my estate planning documents?

    I signed my estate planning documents. Now what? Estate planning documents are signed either in our office or we will send a notary to you for a small additional cost. […]

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  • What is the difference between a will and a trust?

    Are there differences between a will and a trust? Can you break it down? After someone has died, the process is: If somebody has nothing in place, we’re going to […]

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  • How does probate work when a will exists?

    How does probate work when there’s a will? A will maps out who is going to be in charge and who receives what. Commonly the oldest child is the executor […]

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  • Why would a small business owner need an attorney?

    Why do small business owners need to have an attorney? 80% of the businesses in the United States are small businesses. And that can be anywhere from 2 employees to […]

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  • What do I need to know about estate taxes?

    Do estate taxes apply to me and what do I need to know about them? Estate taxes don’t apply to most families. California does not have an estate tax. We’ve […]

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  • How does Estate planning change with special needs children, substance abuse, or other factors?

    What if I have a child with special needs? This is a situation that can make me a little bit irritated because some attorneys see a client with a child […]

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  • What if my child is married to someone who I do not want to receive any property?

    What should I do if my child is married to somebody who I don’t want receiving anything from the trust? As a father of young children, I do not know […]

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  • Will my property taxes be reassessed if I transfer the property into my trust?

    What happens with my property taxes after I transfer the property into a trust? Will they be reassessed? This is probably the most question we get. The basic answer is, […]

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  • How long does it take for the deed transferring my property into the trust to return to me?

    After transferring my property into the trust, how long does it take for the deed to come back to me? This is a common question that we get because this […]

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  • Where should I keep my final signed estate planning documents and binder?

    Do I need to keep my estate planning binder and where should I store it? In the age of digital copies backed up onto our hard drive and on MyCase, […]

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  • Do I need to give a copy of my estate planning documents to my children?

    Should my children have copies of my estate planning records? I would recommend that it is not necessary for children to have a copy of your estate planning records. Children […]

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  • Once I have a trust in place, what do I do with things like my vehicle?

    Now that my trust is in place, what do I do with things like I will tell you what I do with my car, and that is nothing. Technically, anything […]

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  • How do I make sure that my financial accounts reflect the fact that I have a trust?

    How do I verify that my bank accounts and other financial accounts reflect the fact that they are now in a trust? By this point, we have spoken with our […]

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  • What does it mean to keep my trust funded?

    How do I keep a trust funded? A trust is a set of papers, and unless you do more than just sign it, it may not give it the force […]

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  • What is a conservatorship, when is it needed, and how does it work?

    What is a conservatorship? Do I it needed? Conservatorships are like a guardianship but for an adult or an adult requesting that the court allow him to take custody and […]

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  • What’s the point of having a living trust if there’s still going to be conflict?

    What’s the point of a living trust if there’s just going to be problems? Many hear of stories where their friends made a trust and their kids fought anyway. But […]

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  • I am the trustee of my parents trust and they are now deceased, what do I do next?

    I am the trustee of my deceased parents’. What do I do? If they have a trust and everything is done correctly then we don’t have to go to court. […]

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  • What if I have to go into probate and I have no idea what kinds of accounts the deceased had?

    I need to go into probate but I don’t know what kinds of accounts the person had. What do I do? This happens in almost every case. The first thing […]

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  • What do I do if a family member or someone else is refusing to leave the estate property?

    What do you do if there’s a person or family member that’s in a property that’s in an estate or a trust and they just won’t leave? This is a […]

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  • Where does all of the money made from an estate sale go?

    Where should the money from an estate sale go? The money from an estate sale goes into the estate account. The sale of a car or anything else sold at […]

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  • Why is mediation oftentimes a better choice than going to trial?

    What is mediation and why is it a better decision than going to trial? Mediation is a process that usually happens outside of a court that doesn’t have to comply […]

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  • My estate plan is complete. What now?

    What should I do after my estate planning is done? Estate planning is something people put off for way too long and so once complete, congratulations are in order! You […]

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  • How often do I need to update my estate planning documents?

    How frequently should I update my documents? This is a great and a common question. Look at major life events such as marriage, divorce, death, the birth of a child, […]

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  • What is MyCase and how does it work?

    What is MyCase and how do I use it to its full potential? MyCase is a client portal and the way that we communicate with our clients. In the age […]

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  • Does a living trust keep the Department of Health services from seeking recovery?

    Can the Department of Health services come after me for money if my parents have passed away and they were on these services? Yes. It’s a little known fact that […]

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  • What do I do if I need to go into probate, but I don’t have the money to pay for it up front?

    What if a loved one has passed away and we need to go into probate but I just don’t have the money to be able to pay for this upfront. […]

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  • Will I need to pay taxes on my inheritance that I receive?

    Do I have to pay taxes on my inheritance once received? This is a great question for a CPA. In most cases, you are not paying income tax on inheritance. […]

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  • How does probate work for estates with real property?

    What if there is real property as part of my probate but I don’t have a realtor? Most people know a realtor, whether it’ a brother, a cousin or friend […]

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  • How does probate work when no will exists?

    What happens in probate when there is no will? If there is no will, it gets a little more complicated because then we do not know who should be appointed. […]

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  • Is Court Intervention Necessary in Handling an Estate?

    Disputes over a passed loved one’s estate or will is likely the most damaging experience for a family. Damage becomes heightened if disputing parties decide to go to court. However, […]

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  • Tips for Navigating the Probate Process

    The loss of a loved one is an extremely emotional and overwhelming time as you are unable to grieve in peace until their estate has been dealt with. We want […]

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  • Don’t Make the Mistake of Forgetting to Fund your Living Trust

    There are a variety of individuals who are choosing to place their final affairs in a living trust as opposed to a will, because they offer unique benefits and allow […]

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  • An Overview of the Probate Process

    There are a variety of options available to you when it comes to handling your final affairs. When you choose to delegate your final wishes in a will, your loved […]

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  • Benefits of a Living Trust

    As daunting of a subject as discussing your final wishes can be, it is extremely important if you want the ones you love most to be able to grieve in […]

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  • Estate & Trust Administration, Litigation, & Settlement

    Too often than not, settling an estate ends up in litigation and family turmoil as involved parties find it difficult to come to an agreement. Without experienced legal counsel by […]

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  • Estate & Trust Litigation: Mediation

    Unfortunately, the death of a loved one is often followed by family turmoil, which results in estate and trust litigation. In avoiding the formality of court, many individuals who are […]

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  • Is a Revocable Living Trust My Best Option?

    There are a variety of things you need to know when it comes to choosing a living trust vs. a will. Despite popular misconception, a will is not your only […]

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  • Importance of an Estate Planning Attorney

    When it comes to guaranteeing that your final wishes are carried out as planned, you must be diligent in your estate planning. There are a variety of specifications and legal […]

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  • No Last Will and Testament? Now What?

    As challenging as it is to think about what will happen to your loved ones after you pass, it is vital if you have specific wishes. If you die without […]

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  • Revocable Living Trusts Explained

    A revocable living trust is an alternative financial planning solution that allows your assets to be protected based on the unique situations of each phase of your life, without having […]

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  • How to Avoid the Probate Courts

    If you are one of the many individuals who wants to provide for your loved ones after you pass but do not want to go through probate to do so, […]

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  • Do I Need A Will If I Don’t Have A Lot Of Assets?

    In order to receive peace of mind in your future, you must conduct some basic financial planning. In doing so, you may be left wondering if you really need a […]

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  • How to Deal with Trustee Refusal

    Unfortunately, the death of a loved one is often followed by family turmoil and debate over his or her estate. In attempts to avoid family debates, many individuals will appoint […]

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  • Wills vs. Trusts

    In order to have peace of mind that your final wishes will be carried out and your family members will be protected after you pass, you must create a will […]

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  • Avoiding Common Celebrity Estate Planning Mistakes

    It is no surprise that estate planning is a complex and invasive process. However, estate planning for celebrities can be extremely complex with so many interested parties involved in the […]

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  • Using Living Trusts To Avoid Probate

    As you may have heard about the complex and long process of probates, you may be inclined to try and avoid the process altogether. When you are going over your […]

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  • Executor of an Estate: Being Relieved of Duties

    It is common knowledge that the probate process sometimes takes several years to complete. In order to close the probate process, the executor of the estate must request a release […]

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  • Preparing Your Financials for Deployment

    Deployment orders typically raise an abundance of questions and concerns. One of the most important steps that need to be taken care of before an individual is deployed is arranging […]

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  • Guidelines For Surviving The Probate Process

    If you have been appointed the executor of someone’s estate, you will need to understand exactly what probate is, how it works, and what you need to do to get […]

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  • Estate Planning Needs a Will Does NOT Help With

    Despite popular belief, in most cases, a will does not suffice to meet all of your estate planning needs. Yes, they are inexpensive and simple ways to identify your final […]

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  • Durable Financial Power of Attorney

    Arranging your financial affairs can be an overwhelming time for anyone. However, if you do not arrange your financial affairs ahead of time, you leave your family confused and stressed […]

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  • Tips For Arranging Your Financial Affairs

    While the topic of your family’s wellbeing after your passing may not be dinner table conversation, it is important that you have everything in order. If you do not plan […]

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  • To Avoid Probate Or Not To Avoid Probate, That Is The Question

    When someone you love passes, there are a variety of new emotions and tasks on your plate. Before you can grieve in peace, you must decide whether or not you […]

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  • Supreme Court Decisions of Controversial Topics

    Various decisions will be made in the coming months regarding the most controversial issues the Supreme Court has been faced with this term. Evidence supporting both sides of each controversial […]

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  • 10 Tips to Proper Estate Planning

    The various drama surrounding legal estate battles proves the importance of proper estate planning. New lawsuits arise each day surrounding the legal battles of trusts, wills, and estates. In order […]

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  • How proper planning can avert a Casey Kasem-type drama

    Estate planning can be one of the most complex matters for a family to figure out. The complexity continues when there is a second marriage involved, and furthers when there […]

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  • Benefits of Estate Planning Family Conversations

    No matter how well you and your family communicate, confronting the subjects of both death and money is complicated and is often a manner that is uncomfortable to talk about. […]

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  • PBS’ Trial & Heirs: Protect Your Family Fortune! Educate Yourself on Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

    Our society has shown an obvious obsession with the lives of celebrities, especially when the drama involves a lawsuit. If you are one that loves to stay up to date […]

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  • Questions Regarding Obamacare Subsidies

    The drama surrounding Obamacare has not even begun to dwindle down. Recent news show that two federal appeal court rulings have conflicting rulings regarding the legality of Obamacare subsidies. A […]

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  • Donald Sterling vs. Shelly Sterling Case Update

    The famous Donald Sterling vs. Shelly Sterling case hasn’t left the headlines since videos of Donald Sterling making racist remarks surfaced. Testimonies of the probate trial concluded this week and […]

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  • Guidelines to Ease the Estate Planning Conversation

    Are you one of the many individuals faced with saving for your own retirement while figuring out your aging parents’ estate planning at the same time? While the morbid thought […]

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  • Choosing an Executor or Trustee

    Appointing a trustee or executer to your will or trust is an important decision that requires careful planning and execution. Often, appointing a family member causes turmoil and a family […]

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  • Protect, Invest & Allocate a Trust

    When appointed as a trustee or executor of a trust, you take on many responsibilities. Your goal is to always act in the best interests of the trust holder. While […]

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  • World’s Largest Lawsuit

    What is the most outrageous lawsuit you’ve ever heard of? This has to top the charts! Sixty-two year old, Anton Purisima is suing a long list of defendants over a […]

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  • 5 Jaw Dropping Lawsuits

    Have you ever had a quarrel with a friend or past roommate and immediately claimed you were going to sue them? While legal matters are always serious, many people think […]

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  • Avoid Probate Court By Appointing Beneficiaries

    Appointing responsible beneficiaries for all of your bank and brokerage accounts can help you avoid probate court. Doing this can help you save thousands of dollars. No matter how young […]

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  • Estate Planning from Oscar Winners’ Experiences

    Estate planning is not just for average Joes but Oscar Winners as well. Many lessons can be learned by analyzing the estate planning methods of celebrities. Five Oscar Winners provide […]

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  • Appointing a Trustee/Executer to your Trust

    When appointing an executor or trustee of your will or trust, it is important that you nominate someone who will not cause problems in the future. Many people choose to […]

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