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

08
DEC
2016
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Do My Beneficiaries Have to Pay Off My Debts?

Ideally, a person who lives a long life will get to a place where they are no longer burdened by debt such as mortgages, credit card debt, student loan debt, or other types of debt. But more and more Americans are followed by debt throughout their life, and there is of course...
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...
25
JAN
2016
When Do I Need an Inheritance Attorney?

When Do I Need an Inheritance Attorney?

There are no laws that require you to hire an estate attorney. In fact, we all have the right to defend ourselves in court, hammer out our own agreements, and plan for the future of our loved ones. To quote Abraham Lincoln, though, “He who represents himself has a fool for a...
18
JAN
2016
Estate Planning in Pasadena (and Beyond): The Questions You Will Be Asked

Estate Planning in Pasadena (and Beyond): The Questions You Will Be Asked

Let’s face it, staring mortality in the face is one of the most difficult things we are called do. We all know we’re going to die at some point, but it’s sobering to make the decisions that are to be carried out at end of life. Estate planning may not be fun, but it is necessary...
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...
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...
05
OCT
2015
How a digital executor can honor your online legacy

How a digital executor can honor your online legacy

Most people hope the last things they think about when they die will be loved ones, memories of times with great friends, or even profound thoughts on life. Nobody wants to think about their online legacy and worry that once they’re gone someone is going to look up the strange...
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...
31
AUG
2015
Avoiding and Resolving Common Inheritance Disputes

Avoiding and Resolving Common Inheritance Disputes

A hit song from the 1980s warned us that “money changes everything.” Sadly, nowhere do we see this played out in real life more so than in disputes over inheritances between family members and other would-be heirs of a recently deceased individual. Well-intentioned people...
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