Advice on Estate Planning for Blended Families

Becoming part of a blended family offers several benefits, but it is also not without its obstacles. Blended families frequently face a difficult time making emotional as well as financial decisions. While it might seem simple in concept, many people discover that it is difficult to blend everything that they own together.  One of the […]

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Estate Planning for Pets

If you have ever considered what will happen to your pet following your death or incapacity, it is likely that you have considered leaving behind some sort of plan regarding how the pet should be treated. While two-thirds of Americans own pets, many people fail to take the necessary steps to properly plan for their […]

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Questions to Ask Before Writing a Living Will

Many of us know that writing estate planning documents is important, but due to a number of reasons, many of us still delay in writing them.  Sometimes referred to as advance health direct directives, living wills are an important part of many estate plans because these documents let you decide what medical care decisions should […]

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10 Common Estate Planning Obstacles and How to Avoid Them

Most of us understand that estate planning is important, but there are a number of obstacles that can arise during the process and prevent it from being done successfully.  Improper estate planning can result in a person’s wishes not being carried out, which can leave surviving loved ones facing a number of challenges that a […]

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Five Estate Planning Errors to Avoid

Experienced estate planning lawyers help people navigate a number of complex issues including those involving time and money. A knowledgeable estate planning lawyer can help you avoid substantial estate planning errors that will set you and your beneficiaries back in time and money. The following are just a few of the more common pitfalls that […]

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Seven Tips on Handling Passwords When Estate Planning

There have been a number of changes to estate planning in recent years. Not only has estate planning become more complex, the ways in which an executor collects information have transformed. One of the most noticeable changes is that many people now receive financial documents digitally instead of through printed documents. While these documents make […]

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Recognizing the Reasons You Might Need a Trust

Each year, a countless number of people pass away without having an adequate estate plan in place. This almost always results in that person’s estate going through probate upon his or her death. Probate is a much longer and involved process than would be required if a person had simply written an estate plan. While […]

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Strategic Estate Planning

Proper estate planning requires that you contemplate various scenarios in determining where and how your assets should be distributed. To that end, it is imperative that you attain proper guidance with respect to estate distribution so that your assets are divided up precisely as you dictate. The Oakland Wills law firm of Melanie Tavare is […]

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Trust or Will?

Should I choose a trust as the means of passing assets to my heirs? Should I use a will as the means to pass assets to my heirs? There are various factors involved in making this decision. Therefore, you should have proper legal advice from an experienced trusts and estates lawyer when making this decision. […]

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Family Dynamics

Family dynamics can be complex. Much of those dynamics appear when money is distributed after a person’s death, often at the probate stage or when a trust is administered. When the family dynamic is complex, money distribution is also complex. For instance, a wealthy Northern California man remarries a younger woman with small children. The […]

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