One of the hardest things to do as a human being is to acknowledge our mortality. Some people even seem to think that if they ignore their eventual death, it will not happen. This is risky behavior for anyone, but particularly for those who are parents of young children. If parents are the victim of…

The topic of estate planning is one that most people don’t want to talk- or think- about. Most of us don’t want to consider what is going to happen after we die, but it is critical to do so. Putting a plan in place will ensure that your family and financial goals are taken care…

The Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a fast-growing form of business in the U.S. In 2012, over 2 million LLC’s filed U.S. tax returns, and that’s just the LLC’s with more than one member. If you are considering forming an LLC, here’s what you need to know about this business form. What Is an LLC?…

In the first part of this series we shared the dangers of do-it-yourself estate planning. Here, we’ll look at how online legal documents can even put your minor children at risk. Given how far web-based technology has evolved, you might think online legal document services like LegalZoom® and WillsandTrusts.com have advanced to the point where…

The “Understanding Your Power of Attorney” video answers fundamental questions in estate planning. ACTEC Fellow Bernie Krooks explains why a Power of Attorney (POA) is the most important estate document you can sign in this video presentation. Krooks is a nationally-recognized expert in all aspects of elder law and special needs planning. Krooks answers critical…

Among the chief advantages of trusts, they let you: Put conditions on how and when your assets are distributed after you die; Reduce estate and gift taxes; Distribute assets to heirs efficiently without the cost, delay and publicity of probate court. Probate can cost between 5% to 7% of your estate; Better protect your assets…

As we head into the peak of the holiday season, you’re likely spending more time than usual surrounded by your family and friends. It’s one of the rare times of the year when loved ones from across the country gather together to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the passing of another year. The holidays…

How Do I Request a Continuance of a Hearing? The Superior Court of California, County of Riverside – Probate FAQs Can I Appear Telephonically? You may contact Court Call at 888.882.6878 to request to appear telephonically. Court Call is a private service provided to the public. There is a service fee you will be required…

Losing a loved one is a sad and difficult time for family, relatives, and friends. In addition, those left behind must often figure out how to transfer or inherit property from the person who has died. The property that a person leaves behind when they die is called the “decedent’s estate.” The “decedent” is the…

Do a Google search for “online estate planning documents,” and you’ll find dozens of different websites. From Legal Zoom® and Willing.com to Rocket Lawyer® and Willandtrust.com, these do-it-yourself (DIY) planning services might seem like an enticing bargain. The sites let you complete and print out just about any kind of planning document you can think…