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Blog Posts in 2012

New Year's Resolution: Protect your family in 2013 and beyond

A New Year is just around the corner. For 2013, most individuals in the Los Angeles area are focusing on resolutions that largely impact themselves: losing weight, starting that book, eating better ...
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Animal Lover Passes On, Leaves Her Estate To Animal Charities

Recently, we detailed about some options regarding planning for long-term care available to boomers in the Los Angeles area that do not have children. It is estimated that 20 percent of female boomers ...
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Facebook becomes virtual memorial site for many after death

Technology is exponentially evolving. A byproduct of this evolution is that as a society, we are increasingly becoming interconnected. Even just a decade ago, if a resident of Los Angeles went on a ...
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Physical and Financial Health Protected Through Conservatorships

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor gained notoriety in the 1950s for her acting and beauty, but continued to remain in headlines decades later as she married and divorced multiple men. Presently, the former ...
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California boomers without children plan for long-term care

In the last few decades American priorities have shifted. It is no longer uncommon for an individual not to marry, or for a couple that is married to decide against having children. Some people ...
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Gifting a family with peace of mind this holiday seasons

It is official, the holidays are here. While we are not likely to see snow this holiday season in Los Angeles, it is likely that residents will be seeing a lot of their families. For some residents, ...
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Dispute over Sherman Hemsley's will laid to rest

Over the past few months, we have blogged on updates regarding the probate litigation unfolding after the passing of "All in the Family" actor, Sherman Hemsley. The dispute arose regarding ...
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Dispute in Los Angeles Over $30 Million Portrait of Late Actress

Los Angeles native and famous actor, Ryan O'Neal, is battling in a Los Angeles courtroom over a dispute regarding an Andy Warhol print of the late Farrah Fawcett. O'Neal and Fawcett were ...
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Will dispute means actor is still not buried 4 months after death

At the beginning of Sept. of this year, this blog detailed the dispute ensuing after the passing of "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" actor, Sherman Hemsley. Due to the ...
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Estate Planning for a Blended Family

In the past few decades, cultural norms and expectations have shifted as around half of all marriages end in divorce. This means that blended families are no longer a rare exception in Los Angeles. It ...
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It's National Estate Planning Awareness Week!

Did you know such a week existed? Indeed it does, Oct. 15-21, is officially National Estate Planning Awareness Week for this year. This is a call for all adults across the nation, in Los Angeles and ...
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Executor of 'Dr. Death's' Estate Seeks Return of Art for Heir

Residents of Los Angeles probably know the name of Jack Kevorkian less for his artwork and more for his championing of assisted suicide, garnering him the nickname, "Dr. Death." Kevorkian ...
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Why It May Be Critical to Plan for Your Estate Before Jan. 1

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all rest assured that our loved ones would be taken care of after we were gone? Further, wouldn't it also be wonderful if we knew our assets, the fruits of ...
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Estate Planning Can Include Charities As Beneficiaries

Los Angeles residents may be familiar with the name Brooke Astor. Astor was a New York socialite and philanthropist that passed away in 2007 at the astonishing age of 105 years old. She was a ...
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Probate Litigation Surrounding Thomas Kinkade's Estate Continues

Los Angeles residents may remember the recent passing of 54-year-old American artist, Thomas Kinkade, "Painter of Light." The man made his millions by creating works of romantic realism, and ...
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Naming a Trustee to Ensure the Success of Your Trust

"I really love my daughter, and I think she would so a great job ensuring the trust is distributed according to my wishes. Then again, she doesn't exactly have a lot of money sense...my ...
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Will Sherman Hemsley's Estate Remain "All in the Family"?

Sherman Hemsley, the actor famed for playing George Jefferson on "All in the Family" and the spinoff "The Jeffersons," recently passed away from his battle with lung cancer. As of ...
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Jackson Siblings: Michael's Will Is "Fraudulent, Flawed and Fake"

As discussed last week, estate planning is not just a luxury for the rich and famous. However, the average resident in Torrance can learn a thing or two from the manner in which stars handled, or in ...
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Estate Planning Is an Option for All California Families

With the proximity of celebrities and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, California readers might be tempted to regard estate planning as a luxury of the rich and famous. A recent article, however, reminds ...
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