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CHRISTOPHER B. JOHNSON
ATTORNEY AT LAW
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15
JAN
2019
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Do I Need a Trustee For a California Trust?

Most people who endeavor to create a trust in California are aware of at least some of the benefits. Two primary benefits are that, by creating a separate legal entity to hold property (that separate legal entity being the trust), the original owner of the property can: 1) confer...
12
JAN
2019
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Creating a Trust for a Family Pet in California

For many people, regardless of age, a pet provides comfort, affection, and companionship for years, and this can be especially true in a person’s later years. When a person dies with a pet and there is no clear plan to take care of that pet, the pet can often end up in the hands...
10
SEP
2018
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Can You Appoint Yourself the Trustee of Your Own Trust?

Every trust will have at least three roles connected to it: 1) the settlor or grantor of the trust who funds the trust; 2) the beneficiaries of the trust who receive the benefit of the trust; and 3) the trustee who manages the trust property for the benefit of the beneficiaries....
01
SEP
2018
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5 Qualities to Look For in Choosing Your California Will Executor

Creating or updating your California will involves making many important decisions. “What property will be in my estate at the time of my passing and who should receive that property?” and “Should I incorporate trusts and other estate planning instruments in conjunction with my...
11
JUL
2018

3 Dangers With Creating Your Own Will

Just type “wills” into Google, and you will be bombarded with advertisements offering to sell you a discount do-it-yourself package at a fraction of the cost of working with an estate professional to create a will. Saving money is good, right, so what could the problem be with...
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...
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...
16
DEC
2015
Living Trusts: Protect Your Assets for Those You Love

Living Trusts: Protect Your Assets for Those You Love

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...
16
MAR
2015
Amending A Living Trust Document in California

Amending A Living Trust Document in California

In California, you can change a revocable and living trust document, however the amendment procedure will depend on the type of trust in place: revocable or irrevocable. Reasons for a Living Trust Amendment There are plenty of reasons for amending a trust. The most frequent...
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