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The Benefits of Working with an Estate Planning Lawyer

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Dec 20, 2021 | 4 Comments

Most people would agree that estate planning is something they believe is important, but even some of those with that opinion don't have their own affairs in order. Despite all of the benefits estate planning can provide – chief among them: peace of mind! – not everyone who knows and understands ...

Estate Planning Tips That Can Help You Avoid Probate

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Dec 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

If estate planning is on your mind, you have likely heard of the probate process and you know it is something that is best avoided. With a carefully-crafted estate plan, it is possible to help your beneficiaries avoid this complex, expensive, and time-consuming process. Avoiding the Probate Proce...

Why It's Important to Update Your Estate Plan

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Nov 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you're like most people, you might have put your estate plan together and thought you wouldn't have to look at it again. If it shocks you to hear that you are wrong, we're glad – only because updating your estate plan is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your family remains...

Why You Should Have a Business Succession Plan

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Oct 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Like any organization, a business needs its leader. If a business is a ship, a business leader turns the wheel to steer it where it needs to go. When a business owner or CEO unexpectedly dies, however, it is like a ship's wheel losing its connection to the rudder: overnight, or even in an instant...

Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Sep 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Now more than ever, same-sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples, and this includes when it comes to estate planning. Just like everyone else, same-sex couples should have their affairs in order to protect the ones they love after they're gone. Here are three considerations same-...

Why Engaged Couples Should Have an Estate Plan

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Jul 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Wedding season is here! While it's important to check off items such as a venue, the guest list, and the photographer, another item couples should check off is setting up an estate plan. Even though many believe an estate plan is only needed after you get married or if you are older, that's no...

Must-Haves for an Estate Plan

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Apr 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Creating an estate plan doesn't need to be complicated. When considering what needs to be in your estate plan, you'll want to make sure you have important documents that explicitly state your wishes. Having an experienced lawyer can make this process much easier. If you are ready to make an estat...

Prop 19 - To Gift or Not To Gift

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Jan 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

Many of you have reached out with questions about the newly passed Proposition 19. This article attempts to shed some light but does not in any way purport to offer any conclusive authority, as the CA Assessor's Association and the CA Board of Equalization are currently hard at work to formulate ...


Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

In times like these, we must learn from those who have endured severe hardship, and have been able to come out stronger and wiser. We can take strength from their ability to overcome adversity. One such prominent American is James Bond Stockdale, a United States Navy vice admiral and aviator awar...

COVID Estate Plans

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Apr 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Age of COVID Estate Plans – Cheap Trusts are in fact Very Expensive Estate planning services are highly sought after in this “Age of COVID.” Unfortunately, the higher cost of a custom-drafted, sophisticated and thorough estate plan containing all the essential legal documents, as well as guid...

Where Is Your Advance Health Care Directive?

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Mar 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

In these uncertain times when life as we know it has come to a sudden halt in an effort to slow down the beast known as COVID-19, the most relevant legal document is your Advance Health Care Directive. This document names the people who can make medical decisions for you (including termination of...

California Introduces New Rent Control Laws

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Mar 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

Starting in January of 2020, the rent control laws in California were significantly changed. Many individuals who inherit real estate and plan to use it as investment property should be aware of these changes before signing a lease agreement and letting tenants in. The California Lawyer's Associa...

New Domestic Partnership Rules

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Feb 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

The rules on Registered Domestic Partnerships changed significantly starting on January 1, 2020. Whereas in the past, domestic partnerships could be registered between same sex couples, and between opposite sex couples where one partner is over age 62, starting on January 1, 2020, everyone, re...

How to Fund Your Living Trust After it is Created

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Feb 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

You've created your living Trust – now what? Establishing your Trust is only the first step in ensuring that your property will go to your desired beneficiaries outside of Probate court. The next step is the most critical one - “funding” your trust - whereby you change title to your property into...

Your Estate Plan: Have you waited long enough?

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Jul 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you have been postponing the setting up of an estate plan for 30 years – have you waited long enough? Going forward - time is not your friend: for folks in their 60s or 70s, waiting any longer to set up Powers of Attorney, Wills and a Trust, and transferring their assets in Trust, could involv...

What Do Grads and Brides Have to Do With It?

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Jun 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Every life transition changes the person that we are. Graduating from High School or College, getting Married, starting a Business, or a Family – those are big life events that define new legal paradigms, and entail more responsibilities towards those who are close to us and/or depend on us. Gett...

Don't Get on a Plane Without It

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Jun 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Summer is time for the long-awaited and much deserved time away from the office and the daily grind. Every year millions of Americans pack their suitcases and board a plane, a cruise ship, or set out on a road trip. Every year many vacations are ruined when the unthinkable happens: an accident, a...

Estate Planning is Prosperity Planning

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Apr 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

When people think of Estate Planning they usually think about setting up a living trust and powers of attorney. A lot of budget outfits out there would deliver just that. The real value of working with an Estate Planning attorney is to take a holistic approach to Estate Planning and not only have...

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