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What Is A Living Will VS A Living Trust?

In my area of practice, this is a term that is oftentimes referenced, but many people tend to confuse a living will with a living trust. A living will is another term used to refer to what we call an advanced healthcare directive. This is the document that allows you to name the person who

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What About My Handwritten Will?

This is a question many people ask, as they want to oversee or produce their own will. Sometimes I meet people who do not work with an attorney for a will, but they will spend time handwriting or typing their own will, with the idea that “something is better than nothing.” In California, there are

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Who Needs a Will?

In my practice, I oftentimes have clients ask who needs a will, as in the state of California most homeowners need a trust (see my recent blog on the differences between a will and a trust: http://borjaslaw.com/2018/10/25/do-i-need-a-will-or-a-trust-in-california/). The short answer? Every adult can benefit from having a will. However, parents who may not own property

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Do I Need a Will or a Trust in California?

This is a common question from clients. While each situation varies, there are some generalities that help determine the right fit for your individual needs. To start, it’s important to understand the difference between a will and a trust. A will is basically a set of instructions that only come into play at the time

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Do I Need A Living Trust?

It is a common misconception that creating a living trust is something that wealthy people do.  Often, people focus on the need to “create a will” and may assume that their family and belongings will be taken care of through the creation of that single document. Often, however, a will simply provides instructions such as:

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What is a Living Will?

You may have heard the term “Living Will” used.  Someone may have even recommended that you “get a living will.”  The term seems to be a fairly common one, but what does it refer to?  Is it a normal will?  Is it something akin to a trust? What does the “living” part mean?  Some will

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When do I need a will?

The simple answer is now.  A better question though, may be when do I need an estate plan?  The answer is the same: now.  Most people assume that a will or trust, or other estate planning tools, only become necessary in the later years of life.  When talking about estate planning–a topic that is often

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