Christopher B Johnson Attorney At Law

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

30
AUG
2018
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Can I Create or Modify a Will or Trust During a California Divorce?

Divorce is a key turning point in a person’s life in which it is important to think about updating their estate planning. As people go out of your life, new people come into your life, and what property you own may radically shift, it is common sense that you will want to take a...
23
JUL
2018

Do I Need to Create a Whole New Will to Make Just a Few Changes?

One reason people have for not creating a will (not a good reason, to be clear) is that they feel that doing so is premature when they are not sure: 1) who exactly they will want to benefit at the time that they die, and 2) what exact property will be in their estate at the time...
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...
08
FEB
2018
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Can I Make a Gift Listed in My Will Before I Die?

It is a very common occurrence for a person with a will in place providing for a specific gift to a family member or loved one to decide that he or she would like to provide that gift to the beneficiary before they die. There could be any number of reasons for this. You might...
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...
22
SEP
2016
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Legacy Planning: Wills and Estate Planning for Dummies

It’s okay to admit it — you’re vaguely aware that you’re supposed to be creating a will or figuring out your estate planning, but you’re not even sure exactly what that means or where to begin. Not only is it okay to admit it, but being undereducated about wills and estate...
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...
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
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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...
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