Estate Planning

How to Change an Estate Plan After a Divorce

Going through a divorce is painful at every step and in every way – emotionally, physically, mentally, and financially.  Unfortunately, yet another step that is important for couples not to overlook during this challenging time is updating the estate plan that was in place when they were happily married. If they do, assets upon death

Top 5 Ways Divorce Can Affect Your Taxes

Divorces complicate everyone’s lives and when it comes time to file your tax return following a divorce, you should prepare yourself for the changes you can anticipate. As if tax filings are not complicated enough, following a divorce, you will need to be aware of the changes you can anticipate. There are a number of

Blended Families: How to Protect Your Assets

The legal boundaries that once defined marriage and family have gradually expanded over the years. These changes have made marriage and parenthood more inclusive and also more complicated. Marriage is now an exciting option for any couple who wants a full family life. It’s often a challenging option as well. It’s not unusual for a

Community Property Rights in California for Unmarried Couples

According to statistics published by the Pew Research Center, nearly 60 percent of adults 18 to 44 have lived with a partner without being married. Reviewing the statistics as they pertain to younger generations, more are opting to live with partners outside of marriage which has become more acceptable over the past few decades. While

Estate Planning During the COVID-19 Crisis in California

This may seem like an unusual time to consider your estate plan. However, if you do not have a Will and/or Trust or if the estate plan you have has not been updated within the last 5 years, it may be the perfect time since you may be at home and following the Governor’s recommendations