Patricia Andel

Disinheriting Spouses & Children

Under California law, spouses and children can be disinherited, but this must be done through a properly drafted estate plan. Under "family protection" statutes, if your intent is not clear, the presumption is against omission…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

When to Review/Update Your Estate Plan

While there is no magic timeline for reviewing or updating your estate plan, it is advisable to periodically review all of your estate planning documents. Changes in family relationships, personal conditions, economic…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Estate Planning with Divorce, Annulment or Legal Separation

When going through an alteration of the marital relationship by divorce, annulment, or legal separation, it is important to consider the estate planning consequences as they relate to an estranged or former spouse. This article…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning, Family Law

"Funding" Your Trust

Having a properly prepared living trust is the best way to avoid probate upon your death. If you fail to properly "fund" your trust, however, you will not avoid probate. Therefore, it is imperative that you properly transfer…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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