If all lawyers in a select practice area were the same, choosing legal counsel would hardly be a chore, would it? An individual or family seeking assistance would merely need to highlight the first name on a list and pick up the phone.
It’s quite likely that most divorcing California residents will want to secure help from an experienced family law attorney. After all, there is often a lot to think about and manage when a marriage comes to an end, ranging from child-centric matters (e.g., custody and support) to marital asset distribution.
Many people feel justifiably proud -- as well as relieved – following their completion of a sound and comprehensive estate plan.
We spotlighted the ABLE program in our previous blog post. We noted in our December 11 entry that this federal government initiative can provide valuable benefits for disabled individuals and their families.
First of all, let’s get that ABLE acronym straight.
We alluded to year-end resolutions in our immediately preceding blog post, noting in our November 27 entry that many good-faith planners resolutely try "to stay on top of important things in life."
Kudos for you if you’re a good-faith planner who truly does try to stay on top of important things in life. Perhaps you have some sort of to-do list that you periodically adjust and try to stay tracked in on throughout the year.
Legal commentators frequently make the point that the realm of estate planning is far broader and multi-faceted than is commonly appreciated. Legions of individuals and families in California and nationally duly note that planning applies to focused money concerns and key end-of-life considerations, but don’t immediately see the wider ramifications of estate administration.
Not every estate settlement features a yacht of gargantuan dimensions.
This story hardly seems surprising. Reportedly, the central idea inherent in a trust -- one party’s holding property of potentially varied types for the benefit of another -- goes back many centuries.