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Must Heirs Pay Off Their Loved One’s Debt?

As the coronavirus continues to cause an economic recession in the U.S., millions of Americans are accumulating debt and sharp losses in income. But for older Americans, this is not what they expected to leave for their children. If children or other heirs inherit bills when their parents or loved ones pass, are they required […]

  • Posted on: Jun 22 2020
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What Is Unfair Business Practice in CA?

Despite the fact that everyone should utilize fair business practices, this is not always the case. Unfair business practices are prohibited under California law, and include things such as fraud and misrepresentation.  Unfair business practices consist of fraud, misrepresentation and any other unconscionable acts that a business may perform. These are often taken against consumers […]

  • Posted on: May 15 2020
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Estate Planning and Probate for Non-U.S. Citizens

The United States is made up of individuals from all over the world and is home to many non-U.S. citizens who live, work, and sometimes die in this country. So what happens when a non-U.S. citizen passes away in the U.S.?  Usually, there is nothing that stops such an individual’s estate from being distributed. Unfortunately, […]

  • Posted on: Apr 14 2020
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New FASB Code May Negatively Impact Business Taxes

The Financial Account Standards Board (FASB) has replaced the Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) regarding property leases. The new standard, referred to as ASC 842 or ASU 2016-02, replaces the 40-year-old US GAAP leasing standard, often referred to as ASC 840.  ASC 842 was issued in February 2016 to help dis-incentivize businesses from leasing property rather […]

  • Posted on: Mar 13 2020
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Business Formations, Where to Start?

You may have heard that Delaware is the best place to form your business entity. This is because the state has laws that favor business formations. Such laws have included: Most favorable franchise tax rules; Most pro-management from a legislative and judicial standpoint; Broader protection for board members against lawsuits initiated by shareholders on behalf […]

  • Posted on: Feb 11 2020
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6 Things Every Newlywed Couple Should Consider in an Estate Plan

Marriage is a joining of two lives. From bank accounts to taxes, couples begin to combine their assets and benefits. But while most newlyweds think of many of these issues, few give thought to the creation of an estate plan. Contrary to popular belief, estate plans are not only for the rich or aged. In […]

  • Posted on: Jan 20 2020
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Special Needs Trusts: What to Know

The point of an estate plan is to provide for our loved ones, whether it be when we become incapacitated, or upon our death. Each of us wants to know that our interests are protected and that our loved ones are provided for. If we become ill we want to know that we will be […]

  • Posted on: Dec 12 2019
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What Are Holographic Wills and Can I Use One?

As life changes over time, it is wise to create and regularly review a Will with an experienced estate planning and probate attorney. This can allow you to make your own decisions for your wishes should you find yourself in certain situations. It also allows your wishes to be carried out when you pass away. […]

  • Posted on: Nov 14 2019
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How Does California Probate Court Work?

The probate process is designed to help settle an estate under court supervision in order to ensure that bills are paid and persons lawfully inherit the estate. If someone dies with a will in place (“testate”), it may nominate someone whom the decedent wished to serve as the will’s executor. If someone dies without a […]

  • Posted on: Oct 16 2019
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Estate planning for Same-Sex Couples

Whether or not you and your significant other are married, it may be a good idea to create an estate plan for you both – regardless of sexual orientation. Although estate planning may seem unfamiliar and overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. As the laws in this country continue to evolve, it is often in […]

  • Posted on: Sep 12 2019
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