Christopher B Johnson Attorney At Law

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

21
OCT
2016
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Can a Child Born After a Will is Created Inherit?

If you created a will and later sired or adopted a child, or if you are the child of a recently deceased parent or currently living parent who made a will before you were born, you may rightly be wondering how California law treats the child in such a scenario. California law...
17
OCT
2016
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How to Prevent Executors From Making These Common Mistakes

If you have already named an executor for your estate, then you have taken the first steps to making sure your family and loved ones will be taken care of after your passing. But, unfortunately, many executors end up making costly mistakes which lower the value of the estate you...
07
JUN
2016
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What Marvin Gaye’s Estate Can Teach Us About Estate Debt

Legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father April 1, 1984 at the home they shared in Los Angeles. While Gaye’s name may not be as recognizable to younger listeners as Michael Jackson or Prince, both of those singers followed in his footsteps, and Gaye recorded a...
26
MAY
2016
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How Do I Prove a Family Member Had an Undue Influence on a Will?

In California, a person is free to devise their separate property in a will to whomever they’d like (community property – meaning that property that was earned or accumulated during a marriage – automatically goes to the surviving spouse upon death). A person is also...
25
MAY
2016
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What Happens to a Bank Account When One Account Holder Dies

If you share a bank account in California with another person who has died or whose health may be failing, you may assume that your will or financial records indicating who funded the account will dictate how the bank account is distributed. Although that may happen under certain...
09
MAY
2016
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Prince’s Death Demonstrates Consequences of Not Creating a Will

For the past week, the world has been mourning the death and celebrating the life of Prince, one of the most beloved and best-selling performing artists of all time. Questions still remain as to the cause of Prince’s death, but what has been revealed in the past few days is that,...
11
APR
2016
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Estate Planning in Pasadena Has Never Been More Urgent

The economy may be on an upswing, at least according to several reliable metrics. However, for millions of Americans (including many Californians) retiring or planning to retire soon, the future still looks sadly bleak. Unfortunately, many people spend too much time working and...
04
APR
2016
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Inheritance Attorney in Pasadena Looks at 5 Famous Movies about Wills

Wills often come up as plot devices in the movies, and for good reason. When a will is poorly or vaguely worded regarding gifts, beneficiaries, and conditions on those gifts, or where the existence or validity of the will is called into question by accusations of undue influence,...
01
MAR
2016
Fight Over an Inheritance? Here’s How a Probate Attorney in Pasadena Can Help You

Fight Over an Inheritance? Here’s How a Probate Attorney in Pasadena Can Help You

  Settling an estate or will can be stressful, especially when disagreements among surviving family members arise because of estate disputes. Depending on your situation and the nature and intensity of the fighting over an inheritance, you may benefit by speaking with an...
10
FEB
2016
Questions to Discuss With Your Spouse Before Seeking Will Services in Pasadena

Questions to Discuss With Your Spouse Before Seeking Will Services in Pasadena

Discussing the topic of mortality is never fun or easy, even if you intellectually understand that you and your spouse need to have strategic conversations about the future and the next generation. In some ways, it can be even more painful and awkward to contemplate your spouse’s...