Christopher B Johnson Attorney At Law

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

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...
03
MAY
2016
distribution of my estate

The Factors in Proving Undue Influence in Probate

Many a soap opera storyline or tabloid headline has been built around the idea that a wealthy individual falls prey to a scheming outsider just before his or her death, and that outsider – whether it be an employee, a nurse, a lover, an estranged family member, or outright...
20
APR
2016
Happy Senior Couple Reviewing Finances At Home

It Pays to Increase Your Word Power with a Pasadena Probate Attorney

If you’ve ever sat around for hours in a hospital waiting room or perused your grandmother’s coffee table for reading material, you may remember the old Reader’s Digest staple, “It Pays to Increase Your Word Power.” It can in fact pay to increase your word power when it comes to...
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...
30
NOV
2015
Celebrity Estates In The News

Celebrity Estates In The News

While millions of fans are saddened by news about celebrities who pass away, these stories frequently have added drama as various heirs fight over the distribution of the estate. These stories remind us that having a well-crafted estate plan is crucial if you hope that your...
21
MAY
2015
California Probate Attorney Costs and Fees

California Probate Attorney Costs and Fees

If you leave all or parts of your estate in a Will, or if you die without a Will or intestate, then your estate is subject to probate. This means that the probate court will oversee or monitor the administration of your Will including determining its validity, the paying of...
20
JAN
2015
what does a probate attorney do

What Does a Probate Attorney Do?

Probate can at times be a long and complicated legal process that determines how a decedent’s estate will be distributed. Most trusts and estates attorneys advise their clients on ways to avoid probate but if someone dies with a will, or testate, or without one, or intestate,...
15
OCT
2014
Probate Attorney’s Fees in California 2014

Probate Fees in California 2014

Probate is one of those experiences that makes some people shutter when told the will their parent or spouse made has to go through probate. Probate is a court process that is meant to determine if the will is valid, though most wills are not challenged. Still, there are court...
25
SEP
2013
does a will have to be probated

Does a Will Have to be Probated?

We get asked this a lot, “Does a will have to be probated?” Generally, a will does have to be probated. Most people have assets that are solely in their own name that they are leaving to their heirs or to named beneficiaries. This includes property or assets held as...
18
SEP
2013
Christopher_johnson_probate

How Probate Works

When someone passes away, they leave an estate consisting of that individual’s assets and debts. In most cases, decedents leave a will and are considered testate; otherwise, they are considered to have died intestate and their assets pass by that state’s laws of intestacy. By...