Christopher B Johnson Attorney At Law

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

08
DEC
2016
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Do My Beneficiaries Have to Pay Off My Debts?

Ideally, a person who lives a long life will get to a place where they are no longer burdened by debt such as mortgages, credit card debt, student loan debt, or other types of debt. But more and more Americans are followed by debt throughout their life, and there is of course...
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...
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...
25
JAN
2016
When Do I Need an Inheritance Attorney?

When Do I Need an Inheritance Attorney?

There are no laws that require you to hire an estate attorney. In fact, we all have the right to defend ourselves in court, hammer out our own agreements, and plan for the future of our loved ones. To quote Abraham Lincoln, though, “He who represents himself has a fool for a...
18
JAN
2016
Estate Planning in Pasadena (and Beyond): The Questions You Will Be Asked

Estate Planning in Pasadena (and Beyond): The Questions You Will Be Asked

Let’s face it, staring mortality in the face is one of the most difficult things we are called do. We all know we’re going to die at some point, but it’s sobering to make the decisions that are to be carried out at end of life. Estate planning may not be fun, but it is necessary...
07
DEC
2015
Inheritance Attorney Pasadena: Fighting with Family Over Inheritances

Inheritance Attorney Pasadena: Fighting with Family Over Inheritances

It’s a situation that we’ve seen play out in dramas throughout history and in cultures across the world: a family loses a loved family member, but rather than coming together in grief, family members find themselves fighting over who is entitled the deceased’s property, and...
09
NOV
2015
Easy Pasadena Estate Planning Tips

Easy Pasadena Estate Planning Tips

Many people have estate planning all wrong. Concerns about the morbid nature of the process and the feeling that they have all the time in the world ultimately keep many individuals and families from doing this very important legal activity until it is too late. The truth is that...
26
OCT
2015
Consulting A Pasadena Estate Planning Attorney Before Writing Someone Out Of Your Will

Consulting A Pasadena Estate Planning Attorney Before Writing Someone Out Of Your Will

Your will is not a static document but rather a reflection of your current intentions—a reality that makes it important to revisit all your estate planning documents anytime something changes in your life. One such change is when you wish to write a person out of your will. This...
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