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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A Woman’s Guide to Estate Planning

It is an unfortunate truth, but everyone dies. On average, men have lower life expectancies than women. In addition to living longer, women, on average, earn less than men. When it comes to estate planning, there are a number of unique considerations for women. With the correct estate planning strategies, however, it is possible to […]

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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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Avoiding Probate

People will often seek to set up a living trust containing money and property so that their children will inherit it when they pass on. California law recognizes living trusts and these are often used as alternatives to wills. In fact, it is often more beneficial to create a living trust than a will with […]

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Charitable Trust

Estate planning encompasses more than just leaving money and property for one’s children. While most people will hire a lawyer to draft a will that creates a succession plan with respect to the drafter’s assets and how they will go to his or her children, many people want to leave money and assets to charity. […]

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Representation

Tom is a very wealthy man. For years, he struggled at his job working as a clerk in a hardware store in the Bay Area. The hours were long and the pay was low. His personal life also had its struggles. Margie, his first wife, was upset about their financial situation and Tom’s inability to […]

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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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Generation Skipping Transfer Tax

Estate planning encompasses the idea of tax planning. That is to say, when creating an estate and preparing for the transfer of the assets of that estate, whether the transfer is while the testator is alive or has passed, the person crafting the will or trust should consider the tax consequences of transferring property. Hayward […]

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