Christopher B Johnson Attorney At Law

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

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SEP
2016
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Legacy Planning: Wills and Estate Planning for Dummies

It’s okay to admit it — you’re vaguely aware that you’re supposed to be creating a will or figuring out your estate planning, but you’re not even sure exactly what that means or where to begin. Not only is it okay to admit it, but being undereducated about wills and estate...
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...
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...
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APR
2016
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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...
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...
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...
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
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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,...
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SEP
2013
Why must I probate a will

Why Must I Probate a Will?

Why must I probate a will? A common question among heirs is why must the will of their parent or other close family member have to go to probate? If the decedent died without any assets in his or her sole name or had jointly held property that automatically passes to the...
04
SEP
2013
What is probate? - Christopher Johnson Attorney

What is Probate? (Part 1)

Probate is a legal process that passes on your assets to your designated beneficiaries or heirs after determining the validity of your will, if it exists, and the interests of creditors and others who may have an interest in your estate. What Does Probate Do? When you pass away,...
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