Christopher B Johnson Attorney At Law

CHRISTOPHER B. JOHNSON
ATTORNEY AT LAW
(888) 838-8771

22
MAR
2017
Last will and testament with pen and reading glasses.

Are Electronic Wills the Way to Go in Your Estate Planning?

As a society, we are moving more and more away from paper records and towards electronic records. Many of us receive “paperless” bills from service providers, we read books on electronic tablets, we take notes on our phones, our taxes are done through digital platforms, and, when...
07
MAR
2017
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Does a New Will Automatically Revoke an Earlier Will in CA

It is extremely common for people to create a new will after they have previously created a will, or to create a codicil which modifies a previous will through addition, deletion, or other changes. After all, a person’s circumstances frequently change as their life goes on in...
21
FEB
2017
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New Study Indicates Doctors Confused by Ambiguous Living Wills

According to a study published this month in the Journal of Patient Safety, physicians who viewed a patient’s living will consistently failed to reach a consensus in determining what end-of-life treatment was appropriate to honor the patient’s stated goals. The findings of the...
14
FEB
2017
Hospital through the eyes of a patient

Shocking Facts in Appellate Case Demonstrate Importance of Advanced Healthcare Directives

In a recently decided case, a California appellate court related the almost unbelievable tactics of a government official to attempt to override the stated wishes of a man, his wife, and his doctor regarding his end-of-life health care. Although the legal issue at stake before...
07
FEB
2017

Why You Shouldn’t Procrastinate Creating a Will

There is a popular conversation starter game called “Would You Rather?” in which a person must choose between two unpleasant choices, for example, “would you rather give up sweets for the rest of your life or never get to see live music again?” When most people think about...
01
FEB
2017
Federal tax forms under a magnifying glass.

How to Prepare for a Potential Estate Tax Repeal

Conservative politicians on the national stage have talked about repealing the estate tax since it was established over a century ago, but aside from brief periods between 1926 and 1932 and in 2010 when it was repealed, we have been living with a version of the estate tax in one...
09
JAN
2017
Will and Testament

What is the Probate Process?

There is a good chance that, at some point in your life, you will have at least some connection to a proceeding in probate court. In fact, for many people, it is a good deal more likely they will be involved in a probate proceeding than a criminal proceeding. And while we all...
27
DEC
2016
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What Happens When the Testator of a Will Made a Mistake?

A will is one of the most important legal instruments a person will ever make, and so it should go without saying that ensuring the will is thoroughly accurate can be critical to the beneficiaries’ ability to receive the property meant for them in a timely manner. If a testator...
20
DEC
2016
will, pen and glasses

How to Prove Undue Influence on a Will in California

A person is generally free to give their property to whomever they please via a will, aside from certain rules relating to providing for spouses such as California’s community property rules. But when a testator (the person who makes the will) makes or changes a will due ...
14
DEC
2016
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When Is It Time to Update Your Estate Planning?

For many people, it can seem like no time is a good time to take the steps necessary to update their estate planning, or even to take the initial estate planning steps. Between work, family and kids, uncertainty about the future and specifically your finances and the economy as a...