Christopher B Johnson Attorney At Law

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

14
NOV
2016
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How Estate Planning Can Help Your Loved Ones Make Money After Death

There are a lot of theories and beliefs about what happens to us after we die, but one thing we know for sure is that death puts a definite crimp on our ability to go out and put in a solid day’s work at the office. That said, for entrepreneurs and investors who make the right...
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...
05
JUL
2016
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What is a Living Trust? Do I Need One?

Making sure loved ones are provided for after death is the number one priority for many people. One of the biggest concerns in estate planning is ensuring that your heirs inherit exactly what you intend after you pass. Living trusts are valuable tools that can help you control...
24
JUN
2016
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Whitney Houston’s Estate vs. The Academy: Can Your Estate Be Forced to Return Property?

It’s been over four years since world-famous R&B singer Whitney Houston was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel on the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards. Now, another awards show organization – the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences – is suing an auction house...
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...
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...
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...