Christopher B Johnson Attorney At Law

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

02
AUG
2016
DIY Do It Yourself, words on cut paper hard light

LegalZoom or A Lawyer? The Truth About DIY Wills

Let’s be honest—no one likes to think about planning for their own death. For that reason, many people put off estate planning until it’s too late. Alternatively, they try to find the quickest and easiest solution to drafting a will, thinking that it doesn’t really matter. The...
26
MAY
2016
Inheritance paper note on hundred dollar bills

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...
16
MAY
2016
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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...
27
APR
2016
Last Will and Testament form with gold jewelry, close-up

Five Estate Planning Statistics That Indicate the Deep Need for Will Services in Pasadena and Elsewhere

Unfortunately, many people consider drafting a will or establishing a similarly useful document like a revocable living trust to be an optional task, or at least one that can be delayed indefinitely. When you wait to plan your future and your legacy, however, there’s no back-up...
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...
01
FEB
2016
Is Your Inheritance at Risk?

Is Your Inheritance at Risk?

A death in the family is always a shock, even in cases of the elderly or a person who is terminally ill. Compounding the pain and stress is the matter of a loved one’s estate. Ideally, he or she will have a will that reads as expected. In some cases, there is a nasty surprise....
07
DEC
2015
Inheritance Attorney Pasadena: Fighting with Family Over Inheritances

Inheritance Attorney Pasadena: Fighting with Family Over Inheritances

It’s a situation that we’ve seen play out in dramas throughout history and in cultures across the world: a family loses a loved family member, but rather than coming together in grief, family members find themselves fighting over who is entitled the deceased’s property, and...
09
NOV
2015
Easy Pasadena Estate Planning Tips

Easy Pasadena Estate Planning Tips

Many people have estate planning all wrong. Concerns about the morbid nature of the process and the feeling that they have all the time in the world ultimately keep many individuals and families from doing this very important legal activity until it is too late. The truth is that...
21
SEP
2015
All the Things That Can Go Wrong if You Write Your Own Will

All the Things That Can Go Wrong if You Write Your Own Will

As brilliant, loyal and reliable as he may be, you cannot legally leave money or property to your dog when you are gone. This scenario played out in the California Supreme Court years ago when a woman named Thelma Russell designated the division of assets in her will between...
14
SEP
2015

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Unfortunate Passing Raises Important Estate Planning Concerns

Will, or no will, that is the big question, of course, along with: who will inherit Bobbi Kris’ estimated $20 million fortune?  If there was not a properly executed will, then the intestate succession laws of the state of Georgia will dictate.  However, whether or not there was a...
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