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CHRISTOPHER B. JOHNSON
ATTORNEY AT LAW
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23
JAN
2019

5 Avoidable (But Dangerous) Mistakes People Make in Drafting Their Wills

Creating a will is a good thing. It’s amazing in this day and age how many people still fail to create a will (including many wealthy, educated people), leaving their estate in chaos, so, if you have a created a will, you are already one step ahead millions of other adults. But...
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
Burning of the crumpled sheet of paper

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...
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...
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...
26
NOV
2014
family arguing over will

Family Members Are Fighting Over the Will, What Now?

While fights over a decedent’s money and assets can lead to family feuds, they are just as likely to occur over memorabilia and personal items that have little or no monetary value. Some might even argue that the happiest families are in the most danger of feuding over a will,...
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