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Babar the Elephant, the Old Lady and Unclaimed Property

An acquaintance told us an interesting story. She grew up in the suburbs in a solidly middle class family. She had older and younger siblings, and she knew that her parents worked hard to make sure they were all well dressed, well fed and indulged to a point just this side of spoiled.

Intestate succession is not as straightforward as you may think p2

Law students learn how to read statutes, to be careful with conjunctions and punctuation. They learn, too, how to research legislative intent. If there are questions about how to apply a law, for example, you would go back to records of debates or written analyses, even speeches to figure out what they were thinking when they wrote the law.

Intestate succession is not as straightforward as you may think

We may be a little slow to pick up on the coverage of actor Cory Monteith's estate issues. The 31-year-old star of "Glee" passed away in the summer of 2013 from an overdose of cocaine and alcohol. He did not have a will, and that raised some unusual legal issues.

Mixing estate planning and marriage-prep

Most of our readers have heard the advice of seasoned attorneys regarding estate planning: get it done sooner rather than later. There is good reason for this advice. Engaging in early (and ongoing) estate planning can prevent a lot of problems, not only on a personal level, but also at the level of the family.

Prevent their grieving from becoming brawling

He rose like a sun from San Francisco, turning ideas about comedy inside out, backwards and upside down. Robin Williams' brilliant improvisational skills made him one of the brightest, enduring stars of American comedy. His death six months ago shocked and shook the nation.

With estate planning, home is where the domicile is

Joan Rivers was a trailblazer. She was the first woman to be appointed permanent guest host of The Tonight Show. She was the first woman to host her own talk show. She was funny in a way women hadn't really been funny before. She was unique, and she was deeply mourned by friends, family and fans when she passed away in September.

What is the human element of estate planning?

The majority of parents care a great deal about whether or not their children grow into adults who are defined by character and integrity. Unfortunately, the foundation of “The American Dream” and the most general focus of estate planning processes can sometimes work against this ultimate goal. The simple reality is that beneficiaries of generous estate planning gifts are human. And that human element must be taken into account when parents and other concerned individuals are constructing their estate plans.

Next up for California courts: IRS gone wild with Jackson estate

We often wonder why we remember some things so clearly but cannot remember why we went into the kitchen. Recently, we were reading an article about Michael Jackson's estate, and a discussion from our high school American history class came back. We were talking about immigration.

Protect yourself and your loved ones from financial abuse

California has some strong criminal and civil laws regarding elder abuse. The laws cover conduct from physical and financial abuse to conduct that results in physical harm or mental suffering. A criminal conviction can result in a fine or up to four years in prison, depending on the circumstances.

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