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Alejandra  Rodriguez Lawyer

Alejandra Rodriguez

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Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills & Probate, Wills, Estate

Located in the Banker's Hill area, near downtown San Diego, California, Rodriguez Law Offices is centrally located to service clients throughout San D... (more)

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Marlene J Keen

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Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Family Law, Estate

San Diego Family Law Divorce Attorney, Marlene J. Keen limits her practice to Family Law matters including Divorce, Dissolution of Marriage,... (more)

Athanasios K. Preovolos Lawyer

Athanasios K. Preovolos

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Estate, Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Government, Tax

Thanasi Preovolos was admitted to the California State Bar in 1996 and his entire legal practice is dedicated to assisting his clients in acquiring, g... (more)

Sandy Sofia Isaac Lawyer

Sandy Sofia Isaac

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Bankruptcy & Debt, Business, Divorce & Family Law, Estate

Sandy Isaac is a member of Preovolos Lewin & Hezlep ALC’s Trusts & Estates department and has particular experience in Estate Planning, Probate, Tru... (more)

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Craig Eugene Dwyer

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Bankruptcy & Debt, Credit & Debt, Collection, Trusts, Wills & Probate

Craig E. Dwyer, Esq., has represented both debtors and creditors in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 Bankruptcy Cases in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles and Rivers... (more)

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Gary Michael Erickson Lawyer

Gary Michael Erickson

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

Gary Erickson is a practicing lawyer in the state of California who handles Estate Law.

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Rhona S. Kauffman

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Real Estate, Business, Estate, Contract
I have been passionate about practicing law since 1994. I handle individuals and businesses.

Rhona Kauffman has been practicing law since 1994. Concentrations include civil matters, residential & commercial real estate litigation, corporate an... (more)

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Jeffrey D Schreiber

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Jeffrey D Schreiber is a practicing lawyer in the state of California.

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Jackie Robert Geller

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Jackie Robert Geller is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law. A member of the California State Bar since 1980, Attorney Jackie Robert Geller h... (more)

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Lena Ghianni

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Divorce & Family Law, Estate

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LEGAL TERMS

SPENDTHRIFT TRUST

A trust created for a beneficiary the grantor considers irresponsible about money. The trustee keeps control of the trust income, doling out money to the benefi... (more...)
A trust created for a beneficiary the grantor considers irresponsible about money. The trustee keeps control of the trust income, doling out money to the beneficiary as needed, and sometimes paying third parties (creditors, for example) on the beneficiary's behalf, bypassing the beneficiary completely. Spendthrift trusts typically contain a provision prohibiting creditors from seizing the trust fund to satisfy the beneficiary's debts. These trusts are legal in most states, even though creditors hate them.

NET ESTATE

The value of all property owned at death less liabilities or debts.

INTESTATE

The condition of dying without a valid will. The probate court appoints an administrator to distribute the deceased person's property according to state law.

CREDIT SHELTER TRUST

See AB trust.

BENEFICIARY

A person or organization legally entitled to receive benefits through a legal device, such as a will, trust or life insurance policy.

DEVISEE

A person or entity who inherits real estate under the terms of a will.

DEATH TAXES

Taxes levied at death, based on the value of property left behind. Federal death taxes are called estate taxes. Some states levy inheritance taxes on people who... (more...)
Taxes levied at death, based on the value of property left behind. Federal death taxes are called estate taxes. Some states levy inheritance taxes on people who inherit property.

TRUST MERGER

Under a trust, the situation that occurs when the sole trustee and the sole beneficiary are the same person or institution. Then, there's no longer the separati... (more...)
Under a trust, the situation that occurs when the sole trustee and the sole beneficiary are the same person or institution. Then, there's no longer the separation between the trustee's legal ownership of trust property from the beneficiary's interest. The trust 'merges' and ceases to exist.

LIFE INSURANCE

A contract in which an insurance company agrees to pay money to a designated beneficiary upon the death of the policy holder. In exchange, the policyholder pays... (more...)
A contract in which an insurance company agrees to pay money to a designated beneficiary upon the death of the policy holder. In exchange, the policyholder pays a regularly scheduled fee, known as the insurance premiums. The purpose of life insurance is to provide financial support to those who survive the policyholder, such as family members or business partners. When the policyholder dies, the insurance proceeds pass to the beneficiaries free of probate, though they are counted for federal estate tax purposes. group life insurance Life insurance available through an employer or association that covers participating employees and members under one master insurance policy. Most group life insurance policies are term insurance policies, that terminate when the member or employee reaches a certain age or leaves the organization and do not accumulate any cash surrender value. term life insurance No-frills life insurance, with neither cash surrender value nor loan value (an amount that can be used as collateral for a loan). Term life insurance provides a pre-set amount of coverage if the policyholder dies during the period of time specified in the policy. Policyholders usually have the option to renew at the end of the term for the period of years specified in the policy. Unlike whole life insurance, premiums generally increase as the insured person gets older and the risk of death increases.universal life insurance A type of whole life insurance that offers some additional features and advantages. Like whole life insurance, universal life insurance accumulates cash value through investment of the premium payments. The unique feature of universal life insurance is that it has variable premiums, benefits and payment schedules, all of which are tied to market interest rates and the performance of the investment portfolio. Also, universal life plicies normally provide you with more consumer information. For example, you are told how much of your policy payments goes for insurance company overhead expenses, reserves and policy proceed payments, and how much is retained and invested for your savings. This information isn't usually provided with whole life policies.variable life insurance A type of whole life insurance in which the amount of death benefits varies, depending on the performance of investments. The insurance company places some or all of the fixed premium payments into an investment account; some companies let the insured person decide how the money is invested. The policyholder bears the risk of investment losses, though there is a guaranteed minimum benefit payment. One benefit of variable insurance is that interest and dividend income from the investment account is not taxed until it is paid out to the policyholder.variable universal life insurance A type of whole life insurance that provides greater potential for financial gain--and brings greater risks. Like universal life insurance, variable universal life insurance offers flexible premiums, payment schedules and benefits. But variable universal life policies are riskier because the premiums are invested in stocks, rather than more predictable money market accounts and bonds. Also called universal variable life insurance.whole life insurance Life insurance that provides coverage for the entire life of the policyholder, who pays the same fixed premium throughout his or her life. The policy builds up cash reserves that may be paid out to the policyholder when he or she surrenders or partially surrenders the policy or uses the cash reserves to fund low-interest loans. The annual increase in the cash value of the policy is not taxed. If the policyholder surrenders the policy, a portion of the payment is not taxable. Also called straight life insurance or ordinary life insurance.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re Estate of Young

Stephen Parker, as administrator of the estate of Irma E. Young, deceased (the Estate), filed this petition under Probate Code section 850, subdivision (a), [1] to request an order and judgment establishing the Estate's ownership of certain real property and personal property held by ...

Estate of Kievernagel

In this case we must decide whether a widow has the right to use her late husband's frozen sperm to attempt to conceive a child where her late husband signed an agreement with the company storing the frozen sperm providing that the frozen sperm was to be discarded upon his ...

Estate of Bennett

Claimants Smith Heavy Industrial Transit Corporation and Advanced Development Holdings, Inc. (collectively Smith), appeal from a probate court order granting the motion of petitioners Lu Ella Bennett, Jack H. Bennett, Jr., and Louise Comer to set aside and rescind a ...