Living Trusts vs Wills: Understanding the Difference

Living Trusts vs Wills: Understanding the Difference

One of the most important decisions you can make in life is what will happen to your estate and your loved ones after you are gone. Many people think a will is enough to protect their loved ones from probate, but a living trust has major advantages. To learn which...
Probating an Estate Without a Will or Trust

Probating an Estate Without a Will or Trust

Probate is a process carried out after the death of a loved one to distribute his or her estate to family members. Without a will or a trust, the California probate court will appoint an administrator to oversee the probate process for the deceased’s estate.Probate...
Understanding Revocable Transfer on Death Deeds in California

Understanding Revocable Transfer on Death Deeds in California

Contact Our Berkeley Estate Attorneys to Learn More California lawmakers passed Assembly Bill 139 (AB 139) in September 2015. Prior to the passage of this law, which went into effect on January 1, 2016, certain homeowners had a more difficult time ensuring their homes...
How to Avoid Probate in California

How to Avoid Probate in California

Probate is a type of court proceeding that can be confusing, expensive and very time-consuming for beneficiaries. After your passing, if you do not have a solid estate plan in place and your assets exceed $150,000, the probate court may decide who will receive your...
Simplified Probate in California for Small Estates

Simplified Probate in California for Small Estates

Upon your death or the death of a loved one, certain assets may need to pass through probate, depending on the circumstances. While there are tools that can help you avoid probate, such as a living trust, it is also important to understand that not all estates are...