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Helen  Yu Lawyer

Helen Yu

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Entertainment, Intellectual Property, Business, Corporate, Estate Planning

The Yu Leseberg law firm is a diversified entertainment law firm serving music, film, and television clients. Principal Helen Yu founded the firm in 2... (more)

Elizabeth  Botsford Lawyer

Elizabeth Botsford

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Estate, Estate Planning, Trusts, Power of Attorney
Mobile estate planning in the Greater Los Angeles area. Valuable know-how. Fixed fee packages.

Busy Wills, Inc. provides you with the convenience and affordable fixed fee of an online estate planning service together with professional legal advi... (more)

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800-481-4341

Anthony Scott Barilari Lawyer

Anthony Scott Barilari

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Estate, Business Organization, Estate Administration, Wills & Probate, Estate Planning

After a brief career in welding and construction, Anthony S. "Tony" Barilari earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with High Honors from the Uni... (more)

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Jan  Copley Lawyer

Jan Copley

Estate Planning, Business, Elder Law, Wills & Probate

Jan has been a lawyer for more than thirty years, primarily working on estate planning, elder law and Medi-Cal planning matters. She founded her own f... (more)

Edwin A. Barnum Lawyer

Edwin A. Barnum

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Bankruptcy & Debt, Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Foreclosure
Helping You "Tip" The Balance of Justice in Your Favor.

Edwin Barnum is a bankruptcy lawyer proudly serving Torrance, CA and the neighboring communities. He reassures all his clients that he passes "no jud... (more)

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800-820-6081

Stephen Edward Ensberg Lawyer

Stephen Edward Ensberg

Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning, Landlord-Tenant

West Covina Business Lawyer and Real Estate Attorney Stephen E. Ensberg graduated with honors from the University of Southern California School of Law... (more)

Leroy Alfred Williams Lawyer

Leroy Alfred Williams

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Business, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Trusts, Living Wills

An Honors graduate from Morehouse College, Mr. Williams attended Howard University School of Law. As a practicing attorney, Mr. Williams' diverse expe... (more)

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626-590-7286

John Joseph Stanton Lawyer

John Joseph Stanton

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Estate, Divorce & Family Law, Trusts, Estate Planning, Wills & Probate

Hiring a lawyer can be intimidating. Stepping into a lawyer's office can be even more stressful. At our firm, however, we strive to take the stress ou... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

TRUST DEED

The most common method of financing real estate purchases in California (most other states use mortgages). The trust deed transfers the title to the property to... (more...)
The most common method of financing real estate purchases in California (most other states use mortgages). The trust deed transfers the title to the property to a trustee -- often a title company -- who holds it as security for a loan. When the loan is paid off, the title is transferred to the borrower. The trustee will not become involved in the arrangement unless the borrower defaults on the loan. At that point, the trustee can sell the property and pay the lender from the proceeds.

SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR

(1) In the law of wills and estates, a person appointed by the court to take charge of only a designated portion of an estate during probate. For example, a spe... (more...)
(1) In the law of wills and estates, a person appointed by the court to take charge of only a designated portion of an estate during probate. For example, a special administrator with particular expertise on art might be appointed to oversee the probate of a wealthy person's art collection, but not the entire estate. (2) A person appointed to be responsible for a deceased person's property for a limited time or during an emergency, such as a challenge to the will or to the qualifications of the named executor. In such cases, the special administrator's duty is to maintain and preserve the estate, not necessarily to take control of the probate process

QDOT TRUST

A trust used to postpone estate tax when more than the amount of the personal federal estate tax exemption is left to a non-U.S. citizen spouse by the other spo... (more...)
A trust used to postpone estate tax when more than the amount of the personal federal estate tax exemption is left to a non-U.S. citizen spouse by the other spouse. QDOT stands for qualified domestic trust.

AUGMENTED ESTATE

In general terms, an augmented estate consists of property owned by both a deceased person and his or her spouse. The concept of the augmented estate is used on... (more...)
In general terms, an augmented estate consists of property owned by both a deceased person and his or her spouse. The concept of the augmented estate is used only in some states. Its value is calculated only if a surviving spouse declines whatever he or she was left by will and instead claims a share of the deceased spouse's estate. (This is called taking against the will.) The amount of this 'statutory share' or 'elective share' depends on state law.

PROBATE COURT

A specialized court or division of a state trial court that considers only cases concerning the distribution of deceased persons' estate. Called 'surrogate cour... (more...)
A specialized court or division of a state trial court that considers only cases concerning the distribution of deceased persons' estate. Called 'surrogate court' in New York and several other states, this court normally examines the authenticity of a will -- or if a person dies intestate, figures out who receives her property under state law. It then oversees a procedure to pay the deceased person's debts and to distribute her assets to the proper inheritors. See probate.

CURATOR

See conservator.

CERTIFICATION OF TRUST

See abstract of trust.

PETITION

A formal written request made to a court, asking for an order or ruling on a particular matter. For example, if you want to be appointed conservator for an elde... (more...)
A formal written request made to a court, asking for an order or ruling on a particular matter. For example, if you want to be appointed conservator for an elderly relative, you must file a petition with a court. See also complaint.

SUMMARY PROBATE

A relatively simple probate proceeding available for 'small estates,' as that term is defined by state law. Every state's definition is different, and many are ... (more...)
A relatively simple probate proceeding available for 'small estates,' as that term is defined by state law. Every state's definition is different, and many are complicated, but a few examples include estates worth up to $100,000 in California; New York estates where property, excluding real estate and amounts that must be set aside for surviving family members, is worth $20,000 or less; and Texas estates where the value of property doesn't exceed what is needed to pay a family allowance and certain creditors.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Murphy v. Murphy

... The probate court has discretion, circumscribed by the statutory scheme, to order a "substituted judgment" that authorizes a conservator on behalf of a conservatee to take necessary or desirable action to facilitate estate planning, when a reasonably prudent person in the ...

In re Estate of Young

... her lawyer at the time, Dennis Burns. Mr. Burns represented her for 15 years for estate planning purposes and a bankruptcy of one of Young's businesses, Green Thumb Nursery. In the 1991 estate plan, Charles was expressly ...

Chang v. Lederman

... 2. The Law Regarding Liability for Negligence in Estate Planning to Intended or Potential Beneficiaries. ... Nevertheless, the attorney prepared new estate planning documents that fundamentally changed the plan and made a substantial gift to Michael. ...