• Our Guarantee to Our Clients

    We promise to represent your best interests and keep you fully informed.

    Read Our Guarantee
  • Bankruptcy eBook

    Get a FREE eBook to become more familiar with the bankruptcy process.

    Download It Here
  • Our Video Center

    Click here to access a list of our firm's videos.

    Get More Information
  • When You're Ready To Talk

    We're ready to listen. Contact us to receive a free initial consultation.

    Request a Consultation

Blog Posts in 2017

48 results found. Viewing page 1 of 2. Go to page 1 2   Next

Legitimate, IRS-recognized Trusts That Can Reduce Your Tax Liability

Benjamin Franklin once said only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. Unfortunately, he did not live to see the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognize and permit the use of trusts to ...
Continue reading "Legitimate, IRS-recognized Trusts That Can Reduce Your Tax Liability" »

The Top Reasons to Hire a Bankruptcy Lawyer

Filing for bankruptcy can be an extremely stressful and overwhelming process for you and your family. However, when done right, filing for bankruptcy can be a way for you to start over. Yet, it is ...
Continue reading "The Top Reasons to Hire a Bankruptcy Lawyer" »

Have You Talked About Your Estate Plans Recently?

Many people make the assumption that they can create an estate plan or update an estate plan on their own, and many will do so by using a template or kit. Unfortunately, a DIY estate plan does not ...
Continue reading "Have You Talked About Your Estate Plans Recently?" »

How Accurate is Your Credit Report?

Consumers and lending organizations rely upon the accuracy of credit reports for borrowing large and small sums of money, for anything from a store credit card, to purchasing a home. But how accurate ...
Continue reading "How Accurate is Your Credit Report?" »

Estate Planning Checklist for When a Loved One Passes On

We don't like to think about it, but it is bound to happen. Our spouse, partner, or parent will eventually cross through that veil and it will leave us devastated. While grieving must be given its ...
Continue reading "Estate Planning Checklist for When a Loved One Passes On" »

Can Bankruptcy Help with Student Loans?

Can Bankruptcy Help with Student Loans? Many people struggle with student loan debt. If you are one of these people and find it difficult to get ahead because of your loan payments, you may have ...
Continue reading "Can Bankruptcy Help with Student Loans?" »

How A Trust Can Benefit Your Special Needs Child

As a parent of a child with disabilities, you understand the financial challenges that accompany a special needs life. Government aid programs like Medicaid, Medi-Cal, and Social Security can reduce ...
Continue reading "How A Trust Can Benefit Your Special Needs Child" »

Estate Planning: Beneficiary Designation in Financial Instruments

In many case, beneficiary designation is straight-forward. Most couples simply designated each other. However there are complications that should be understood and periodically reviewed. Consider a ...
Continue reading "Estate Planning: Beneficiary Designation in Financial Instruments" »

How Bankruptcy Can Help Foreclosure

When you are facing foreclosure, it is never easy, but while there are several alternatives, if you have other debts then filing for bankruptcy may be able to help you avoid foreclosure. Typically ...
Continue reading "How Bankruptcy Can Help Foreclosure" »

How Debt Destroys Your Estate

Many people today worry about the amount of money left to their surviving family members. It is difficult to organize all of your finances and make those decisions. One variable that many people have ...
Continue reading "How Debt Destroys Your Estate" »

Dealing With Bankruptcy in Probate

Dealing With Bankruptcy in Probate There are many people who worry about their finances. One of the biggest fears for many people is leaving a financial mess behind after they are gone. With the ...
Continue reading "Dealing With Bankruptcy in Probate" »

When to Consider a Short Sale

There are times when being a homeowner can be stressful. For example, a homeowner may need to move out of the area or they cannot afford their mortgage payments anymore. These are legitimate issues ...
Continue reading "When to Consider a Short Sale" »

What Purpose Does a Living Trust Serve?

A revocable trust, also referred to as a living trust, provides a means for the grantor to designate, and modify as necessary, estate and asset beneficiaries. Multiple advantages exist with living ...
Continue reading "What Purpose Does a Living Trust Serve?" »

Bankruptcy and Medical Debt

California residents might like to know about a startup called Better. The organization wants to provide medical debt assistance to those struggling with out-of-network medical bills. The company ...
Continue reading "Bankruptcy and Medical Debt" »

4 Tips for Choosing a Guardian for Your Child

Looking to give someone guardianship over your children? Stipulating a future guardian for your kids is vital, just in case something terrible happens to you and your spouse. Here are some tips for ...
Continue reading "4 Tips for Choosing a Guardian for Your Child" »

The Upsides of Having a Living Trust

A living trust is a legal document in which your assets are held by another party for your benefit during life after which the trustee distributes them to your beneficiaries. These legal papers take ...
Continue reading "The Upsides of Having a Living Trust" »

How to Prevent Your Children from Fighting Over an Estate?

It happens frequently, whether the recently passed wants it to or not, but your family is likely to fight over your estate. With a good estate plan, money and property is divvied out fairly, but what ...
Continue reading "How to Prevent Your Children from Fighting Over an Estate?" »

5 Tips for Paying Off Your Student Loans

Struggling with student debt? Student loan debts are best dealt with earlier rather than later. Here are a few tips for helping you pay off your student loans. Set Aside Money Set aside a set portion ...
Continue reading "5 Tips for Paying Off Your Student Loans" »

Can you Prevent Will Contests?

After a loved one has passed, the will is read and it goes into probate so the distribution of assets can begin. However, there will occasionally be some surprises in the will for some family members ...
Continue reading "Can you Prevent Will Contests?" »

Do Not Let Creditor Harassment Control Your Life

Being in debt is not a situation you want to find yourself in. However, many people do find themselves in this situation. On top of the difficulties of trying to swim out of debt, you will also have ...
Continue reading "Do Not Let Creditor Harassment Control Your Life" »

Single? Childless? You Still Need an Estate Plan

These days people are living single more than ever before. Whether you never married, divorced, or are widowed, singles still need to plan their estate for after they pass. If anything, it is more ...
Continue reading "Single? Childless? You Still Need an Estate Plan" »

Can Student Loans Be Discharged With Bankruptcy?

For college graduates, their student loans will be their greatest burden. For many, they will get a job right out of college and begin the long, slow grind of paying them off. However, life ...
Continue reading "Can Student Loans Be Discharged With Bankruptcy?" »

What is the Difference Between a Revocable Trust and an Irrevocable Trust?

For many, estate planning begins with setting up a trust. Both the revocable and irrevocable living trusts are good options, but only one is right for you. In order to make that decision, you need to ...
Continue reading "What is the Difference Between a Revocable Trust and an Irrevocable Trust?" »

Student Loan Debts and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

According to CNBC, there are “ 44 million Americans ” with student loan debt. If you find yourself falling into this category you are clearly not alone. It’s likely that if ...
Continue reading "Student Loan Debts and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy" »

What Happens to Wage Garnishments After Bankruptcy?

For those who have looked into it, they know that wage garnishments set in place by their creditors can be removed when they file bankruptcy. At very least, once the automatic stay goes into place, ...
Continue reading "What Happens to Wage Garnishments After Bankruptcy?" »
48 results found. Viewing page 1 of 2. Go to page 1 2   Next
  • Our Guarantee to Our Clients

    We promise to represent your best interests and keep you fully informed.

    Read Our Guarantee
  • Bankruptcy eBook

    Get a FREE eBook to become more familiar with the bankruptcy process.

    Download It Here
  • Our Video Center

    Click here to access a list of our firm's videos.

    Get More Information
  • When You're Ready To Talk

    We're ready to listen. Contact us to receive a free initial consultation.

    Request a Consultation

When You're

Ready to talk

Our firm is ready to listen. Call for a FREE case consultation.

Call Toll-Free 888.910.6652

"The Law Offices of James C. Shields is located in Torrance and proudly serves clients all throughout the South Bay including:

  • Long Beach
  • Carson
  • Irvine
  • Los Angeles
  • Palos Verdes Estates
  • Huntington Beach
  • Hermosa Beach
  • Redondo Beach
  • Manhattan Beach
  • Newport Beach
  • Costa Mesa
  • El Segundo
  • Rolling Hills
  • Hawthorne
  • Playa Del Rey and Culver City
Law Offices of James C. Shields - Torrance Bankruptcy & Estate Planning Attorney
Located at 21707 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 204
Torrance, CA 90503.
View Map
Phone: (888) 910-6652
Local Phone: (310) 626-4404

Website:
© 2017 All Rights Reserved.