Christopher B Johnson Attorney At Law

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

27
DEC
2016
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What Happens When the Testator of a Will Made a Mistake?

A will is one of the most important legal instruments a person will ever make, and so it should go without saying that ensuring the will is thoroughly accurate can be critical to the beneficiaries’ ability to receive the property meant for them in a timely manner. If a testator...
21
OCT
2016
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Can a Child Born After a Will is Created Inherit?

If you created a will and later sired or adopted a child, or if you are the child of a recently deceased parent or currently living parent who made a will before you were born, you may rightly be wondering how California law treats the child in such a scenario. California law...
02
AUG
2016
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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...
13
JUL
2016
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What Life Events Should Make Me Change My Will?

Estate planning is crucial to ensuring that your loved ones are taken care of after you’re gone. While finalizing your will can feel like a major accomplishment, it’s important to remember that your work isn’t necessarily done. Wills are working documents that may need to be...
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...
26
MAY
2016
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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...
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...
27
APR
2016
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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...
14
MAR
2016
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9 FAQs About Will Services in Pasadena

California law regarding estate planning and wills can be deeply complex, even if the fundamentals of the process are fairly straightforward. Unfortunately, failing to prepare your estate can have surprising and costly consequences for your children and other beneficiaries and...
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....