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Is a Handwritten Will Valid in California?

Most of us are familiar with what a basic will does, but it’s not until we write out our own or are assigned to be the executor of one that we realize how complex it can be. Furthermore, a lot of people don’t realize there are actually different types of wills and some of them are harder to administer than others.

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Second Marriages & Estate Planning

When creating an estate plan in your second or subsequent marriage, there are some important things that you need to keep in mind. Be sure to take the necessary steps to protect yourself, your assets, and your children.

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Estate Planning for Young Adults

Many young adults have misconceptions about estate planning. They may believe estate planning is only necessary for people who have reached a certain age or accumulated a certain level of wealth.

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Are Heirs Responsible for Their Loved One’s Debts?

Coping with the death of a loved one is never easy, and healing can be made even more difficult if you’ve also been named the estate executor.

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Talking to Parents About Estate Planning & Dementia

Grappling with the aging process can be difficult for both elderly parents and their adult children. This is especially true if you have a parent who’s showing early signs of dementia and you need to help them with their estate, healthcare, and financial planning. This process is difficult but not impossible, and working with an experienced estate planning attorney can help immensely.

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Why Signing A HIPAA Release is an Important Part of Estate Planning

Having control over your health information is important when drafting your estate plan. A HIPAA release is a vital estate planning tool that allows you to set boundaries regarding the use and release of your medical records.

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The Role of the Estate Executor

Estate planning – the process of distributing your assets to your loved ones when you’re gone – is generally accomplished in one of two ways – a last will and testament or a living trust.

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What to Do First When a Loved One Dies

The death of a loved one is often an emotional and unsettling experience for the survivors. Regardless of how prepared you may be, saying goodbye and eventually moving on can be extremely difficult.

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Estate Planning Attorney vs Online Forms

Unfortunately, many Americans do not have a last will and testament in place, the starting point of estate planning. If asked why they haven’t prepared a will yet, some may say they don’t know how to and others may think wills are only for wealthy people.

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Why a HIPAA Release Is an Important Part of Estate Planning

A HIPAA release authorization gives others access to your protected health information, medical documents, and bills. As part of your estate planning, you should complete an authorization for the release of protected health information to a family member or to a trusted friend or associate.

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