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...
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...
15
AUG
2016
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What Do Estate Planning Attorneys Do?

It’s an unfortunate fact that most Americans do not engage in estate planning, in the same way that most Americans do not properly save for retirement. And many of those who do attempt to do some estate planning often try to go it alone, through relying on basic investing...
15
JUN
2016
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What the Presidential Election Means for Estate Planning

The 2016 US presidential election has attracted widespread and in-depth attention mostly for its rhetoric, personalities, and political theater, with actual political issues taking more of a backseat. And while we are and will be hearing a lot in the media on the candidates’...
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,...
03
MAY
2016
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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...