Christopher B Johnson Attorney At Law

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

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...
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...
17
APR
2013
Will and Trusts Attorney Christopher Johnson

You Won’t Get It if You Don’t Ask for It in Your Will

Over the years practicing as an estate planning and probate lawyer, I’ve heard some really bizarre stories about people making strange requests in their Will. For example, there was a 37 year old Beverly Hills socialite named Sandra West who left most of her $3 million fortune to...
11
FEB
2013

No-contest clauses in wills and trusts

When preparing an estate plan, I’m often asked about including a no-contest clause, and I see attorneys and others advertising their “bullet-proof” or “ironclad” documents with no-contest clauses.  While I admire their confidence, no contract or...
01
FEB
2013
Paralawyers

Paralawyers?

If you’ve read John Grisham’s novel The Rainmaker, you may remember the “paralawyer” who graduated law school but hadn’t yet passed the bar exam, Deck Shifflet.  Now the State Bar of California is considering something similar, also inspired by...
29
NOV
2012
If you have any questions about Estate Planning or are involved in an estate battle, contact Christopher Johnson, an experienced attorney, in Pasadena.

Are life insurance proceeds protected from creditors?

This question came up during a conversation with a colleague today, and the answer is one commonly heard from attorneys:  “It depends.” California’s Code of Civil Procedure, section 704.100(c) says: “(c) Benefits from matured life insurance policies...
24
NOV
2012
Rest in peace, Larry Hagman

Rest in peace, Larry Hagman

I was sorry to hear today of actor Larry Hagman’s sudden passing–I was a fan of “I Dream of Jeannie” as a child, even if I didn’t get into “Dallas” as much as my grandfather did–if he was out Friday night, we all knew he had to be...
18
NOV
2012
New firm announcement

New firm announcement!

I’m pleased to announce I’m returning to private law practice, beginning January 2013.  I’ll be working in estate planning, probate, trust administration and probate and trust litigation, serving you from Pasadena, as well as Chino Hills with the Skapik Law...
14
APR
2012
Richard Neutra Run/Walk event and house tour

Richard Neutra Run/Walk event and house tour

Support for cancer research and cancer survivors is important to me, hence my involvement with Pasadena’s Cancer Support Community and City of Hope’s Music and Entertainment Committee–both are great organizations and I’ll spend as much time as you’d...