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Capacity & Conservatorship If Grandma Can No Longer Drive

One of the hardest things many people face as they age is that they may not have the same capabilities they did when they were younger. You may notice that Grandma or Grandpa is no longer safe behind ...
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Protecting Your Elders with Conservatorship

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Do You Need a Revocable Trust?

Do you need a revocable trust? Let's begin by defining what this is. A revocable trust is a living trust that allows flexibility to change the trust due to lifestyle changes. The creator modifies ...
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Difficult Situations When Selecting A Guardian

Sometimes selecting a guardian for your children is easy. Sometimes, it can be downright difficult, especially with the challenges that come with the blended families that are becoming more common. ...
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The California Health Care Foundation Encourages Californians to Discuss End-of-Life Decisions

Recently, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) encouraged Californians to discuss end-of-life decisions. This came on the heels of a survey the CHCF did that showed that while 60% of ...
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Guardianship: Choosing a Guardian for Your Children

No one wants to think about death. However, when you have children, you really need to be able to care for them, in the event of your death. You need to pick someone to care for them and hopefully, ...
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A Village in Holland has Been Created for Patients with Dementia

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Medi-Cal Planning in the Face of Program Cuts

Many California residents depend on Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program, for a variety of healthcare services. Seniors, foster children, people with disabilities, low-income families, and ...
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The 4 Steps You Need to Know About the Probate Process

What is probate ? After a loved one dies, the legal process known as probate takes place. As it is overseen by probate court, it typically includes the following: Proof that the will of the deceased ...
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Elder Law: Living Environments

Elder law, simply put, is anything that has to do with seniors. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys sums elder law up as: living, financial, health and long term care planning for older adults ...
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Power of Attorney: How to Choose

Choosing who should be your agent, or have power of attorney is an important decision. You are choosing a person to make legal decisions on your behalf. You want to think about this decision, talk ...
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Understanding Payable on Death Account Pros and Cons

Payable on death (POD) or transfer on death (TOD) is a rule that was enacted in the late 80s with help from the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Florida is one of the states ...
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A Look at Payable on Death Account Pros and Cons

A payable on death account (POD) is a quick, cost free vehicle to pass on unlimited amounts of cash assets to a designated heir without going through probate. Known as a poor man’s trust, a POD ...
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The Importance of Writing a Will

At the Law Offices of James C. Shields, we specialize in three types of wills : testamentary, pour-over, and living wills. Our job is to facilitate the process of writing a will and ensure that it is ...
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How the DOMA Decision Affects Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples

With the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8, you and your same-partner can finally plan your in-state wedding. Once you get married, you're entitled ...
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Conservator appointed when stepson misappropriated elder's trust

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Physical and Financial Health Protected Through Conservatorships

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