California Estate Planning Blog

Little Ones at Home? Look Into A Guardians+ Plan for Minor Children

If you are a parent, your instinct to protect your children was probably born the same day as your first child. Parenting entails a lot of sacrifices, sleepless nights, and endless worry – the kind of energy you wouldn't dedicate to anything else. So if you were told that few simple documents and a few hours of your time could protect and provide for your children in a family emergency, ...

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Understanding the Revocable Living Trust

The word trust is a wonderful word in the English language because it gives a name to the foundation of human relationships. We know about the trust between two people, that is hard to establish and too easy to break. We may also know the word trust from the term trust fund babies, which conjures images of young people with extravagant lifestyles, whose parents have given them a lot of m...

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Help Your Dog Beat the Heat This Summer

For many of us, the heat of summer brings one of the most fun times of the year. But for our furry friends, the heat can be very dangerous if we don’t take the right steps to protect them. How can I keep my dogs from overheating? Make sure your dogs have a constant supply of cold, clean water. The heat will cause dogs to tire more easily with any physical exercise, and they are likely to...

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Does Your Family Know About Your Most Prized Possession?

Wildfires and earthquakes have touched the lives of many Californians this year. This kind of emergency raises the terrible question of what you would take with you in an evacuation. Beyond your children and pets, the next thing that springs to mind is likely among your most prized possessions. What is your most prized possession? For some people, it’s a family heirloom, inherited throug...

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A Pet Trust Can Keep Your Furry Friends Out of a Shelter, or Worse

In May of this year, CNN reported the sad and tragic story of a Virginia woman, who stated in her Will that she wanted her pet Shih Tzu, Emma, to be buried with her. When the woman passed away, her dog was taken to a shelter and subsequently euthanized, cremated, and returned to her estate for burial. While we may never understand the woman’s true motivations, it’s heartbreaking to think...

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