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Estate Planning:  Remarriage Complicates Estate Planning

Estate Planning: Remarriage Complicates Estate Planning

As Frank Sinatra said, “Love is lovelier the second time around.” What he didn’t say is that it sure as heck makes estate planning a lot more complicated – particularly when children are involved. With high divorce rates and record

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Estate Planning: Help Plan for Your Grandkids’ Futures

Estate Planning: Help Plan for Your Grandkids’ Futures

This summer I joined the ever-growing ranks of boomers who have become grandparents. Welcome to the world, Violet Rose. And we’re keeping the welcome mat out, as the ultrasound shows a grandson on the way for our other son and

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Who Can and Can’t Inherit Your Guns? A Look at the Law, Part 2

Who Can and Can’t Inherit Your Guns? A Look at the Law, Part 2

This is the second in a two-part series about the laws affecting firearm transfers in California. Part 1 appeared in our Spring 2015 issue.

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When You Die, What Happens to Your Guns? A Look at the Law, Part 1

When You Die, What Happens to Your Guns? A Look at the Law, Part 1

This is the first in a two-part series by Sonora attorney Jim Gianelli on laws affecting firearms transfers in California. The next will appear in our Summer 2015 issue.

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Estate Planning:  College Prep –  the Unexpected Kind

Estate Planning: College Prep – the Unexpected Kind

Parents: Be prepared in the event of a medical emergency or death of your young adult child.

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Estate Planning: Why gay couples should get married … the sooner the better

Estate Planning: Why gay couples should get married … the sooner the better

We all have gay friends or relatives, whether we know it or not, and many share life with a partner. After a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision opened the matrimonial door for California same-sex partners – and prohibits the federal

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Estate Planning: The Family Vacation Home

How do you successfully pass the family vacation home on to your children? As a foothills estate planning attorney, I have clients with beautiful vacation homes in Twain Harte, Pinecrest, Strawberry, Bear Valley and other mountain communities. Most of them

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Estate Planning: Dealing With Your Problem Child

Estate Planning: Dealing With Your Problem Child

Ah, the age-old issue: How to deal with your problem child. This often produces uncomfortable pauses, silence and embarrassment in the parents’ first interview with a lawyer. Many parents don’t want to admit that their grown sons or daughters are

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Estate Planning: The Ins and Outs of Probate

Estate Planning: The Ins and Outs of Probate

By Jim Gianelli Probate is a court process set up to assure that upon one’s death, assets get distributed to the people in one’s will (or in absence of a will, to one’s legal heirs), creditors get paid, and disputes

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Estate Planning: Starting the Process

When it comes to planning your estate, it’s best to start the process with an estate planning attorney, preferably a state-certified specialist. But other advisors may play a vital role: your accountant, banker, insurance agent, financial advisor or broker. You

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Estate Planning: Death of a Spouse

Your spouse has died, and whether or not the death was sudden and unexpected or gradual and expected, you are in shock. Your mind is just not working quite right. The realization of what has happened – and the grief

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Estate Planning: Long-Term Care Cost

Did you know you can lose your home to the state as a result of the state paying your long-term care costs? Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence. Let’s discuss the problem and ways to avoid it. Consider this real

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Estate Planning: It Pays to Plan Ahead

Let me tell you a sad but true story that carries an important message: It pays to plan ahead. Two brothers sought my advice when their parents were severely injured in an out-of-state automobile accident. The father was in extremely

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Estate Planning: Why Planning Matters

Estate Planning: Why Planning Matters

Let me tell you a sad but true story that carries an important message: It pays to plan ahead. Two brothers sought my advice when their parents were severely injured in an out-of-state automobile accident. The father was in extremely

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Estate Planning: Revocable Living Trust

This article describes one of the most important and popular estate planning tools in California, a revocable living trust. This is an estate planning document that is, in many respects, a substitute for a Last Will and Testament. “Revocable” means

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