Christopher B Johnson Attorney At Law

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

16
MAY
2016
Burning of the crumpled sheet of paper

A Lost or Destroyed Will: Estate Litigation in California

A will is a public document outlining his or her wishes with regard to distribution of the estate after death. But, because many people wisely create wills long before their death while unwisely failing to keep the will in a safe, accessible place, in many cases that will ends up...
23
FEB
2016
Setting Up a Special Needs Trust in CA: 5 Things You Need to Know

Setting Up a Special Needs Trust in CA: 5 Things You Need to Know

  Planning your estate can be challenging, and having a dependent with special needs can complicate the matter. A Special Needs Trust (SNT) is a powerful tool designed to protect the financial security of your child (or other dependent) if you can no longer care for him or...
16
FEB
2016
Legal Trusts and Other Powerful Financial Tools to Help With Estate Planning in Pasadena

Legal Trusts and Other Powerful Financial Tools to Help With Estate Planning in Pasadena

Creating an estate plan in Pasadena can be a challenge, given the sheer diversity of instruments available and the number of potentially useful strategies. Below, we overview the living trust and discuss related and effective planning tools.   Living Trust A trust can be an...
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...
11
JAN
2016
Benefits of a Special Needs Trust

Benefits of a Special Needs Trust

Carol Morgan’s son has Downs Syndrome. While Carol marvels at her son’s ability to adapt, she sometimes worries that Daniel will not be properly supported when she is gone. Her anxiety is shared by hundreds of thousands of parents around the country. Ease of Mind with a Special...
06
JAN
2016
The Power of Living Trusts

The Power of Living Trusts

Does your estate planning situation warrant a living trust? Here are three ways this amazing instrument shows its muscle:   #1 Trusts Protect Beneficiaries Ed and Carol Bates cringed at the thought of their minor children getting their hands on their entire inheritances at...
21
DEC
2015
Creating a Special Needs Trust for a Loved One

Creating a Special Needs Trust for a Loved One

Planning ahead for one’s legacy can be complicated. Estate planning becomes all the more challenging for families with special needs children. If you have children or other close relatives with special needs, you want to ensure he or she is cared for when you are gone.   It...
02
FEB
2012
My talk on estate planning and probate basics

My talk on estate planning and probate basics

I’ll be speaking this March 28, 2012, on wills, living trusts, irrevocable trusts, estate taxes, trust administration and probate–it’s a webinar by LawReviewCLE that I’ll be giving with Rhode Island attorney Anthony Mignanelli.
22
JAN
2012
RIP Bob Burnett, chart-topper and trusts lawyer

RIP Bob Burnett, chart-topper and trusts lawyer

I’ve been a Senior Trust Officer with U.S. Trust in Pasadena almost a year now, after a 16-year career as a trusts and probate lawyer, and am also a fan of folk music.  So, I was pleasantly surprised to read the obituary of Bob Burnett, who died last December.  It turns out...
16
MAR
2011
Found money

Found money!

You never know what you’ll find in the probate process, or in this case, the trust administration process.  After much searching for a client, today I found the contact information for a corporation that the client’s father had shares in–shares they’d...