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CHRISTOPHER B. JOHNSON
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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...
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...
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...
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...
04
APR
2016
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Inheritance Attorney in Pasadena Looks at 5 Famous Movies about Wills

Wills often come up as plot devices in the movies, and for good reason. When a will is poorly or vaguely worded regarding gifts, beneficiaries, and conditions on those gifts, or where the existence or validity of the will is called into question by accusations of undue influence,...
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...
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