Contesting a Will

Imagine the following common scenario: An elderly person is having difficulty taking care of himself. To help with daily needs, the person requests that his daughter comes by daily to provide help with basic necessities. The daughter may be helping him get dressed, go for a walk, go to doctor’s appointments, go shopping etc. After […]

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Harmless Error

Section 2-502 of the California Probate Code provides that a will must be signed by the testator or signed by someone else in the testator’s presence. In addition, two other people must sign the will as witnesses. In the past, California Probate Courts applied a strict reading of this rule wherein a will that did […]

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Equitable Adoption

Many of us have heard the phrase, “She [he] was like a daughter [son] to me!” This statement connotes the close relationship between two people, an older person and a younger person. While the two are not in a parent/child relationship and often have no blood relationship at all, the two people may have the […]

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Technological Advancements and Inheritance

Technology has and continues to challenge the law when new procedures or new abilities create new scenarios not yet seen and contemplated by the law. When these issue arise, the legislature is tasked with adapting to the new realities and making law that is within the legislature’s parameters while accounting for the new technology. In […]

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