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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...
02
NOV
2018
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The Benefits of a Charitable Remainder Trust

If you wish to leave a legacy in your estate to a charitable institution, there are estate planning tools that will allow you to make a substantial gift of your estate and provide significant tax benefits during your life. A charitable remainder trust can greatly benefit a...
28
SEP
2018
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What Will Happen to Property I Don’t Include in My Will in California?

A common concern people have when creating their California wills – and indeed a reason why some unnecessarily delay in creating or updating their will – is a feeling that they do not know what property will be in their estate when they pass on. Short of those people...
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...
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...
24
AUG
2018
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Is Estate Planning Only For People Subject to the Estate Tax?

While the news is filled with tales of ultra-wealthy people and the steps they take to protect that wealth, it can be easy to think that wealth-protecting steps and instruments are only useful to those living in a different financial stratosphere than the average middle class,...
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...
27
DEC
2016
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What Happens When the Testator of a Will Made a Mistake?

A will is one of the most important legal instruments a person will ever make, and so it should go without saying that ensuring the will is thoroughly accurate can be critical to the beneficiaries’ ability to receive the property meant for them in a timely manner. If a testator...
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