The Slayer Statute: How the law seeks to protect the families of murder victims

Even decades later, the tragic murder of Natalie Wood remains just as sad, shocking, and full of unanswered questions as when it first came to light. Still today, new twists are added to the story as Natalie Wood’s one-time husband, Robert Wagner, is once again suspected for involvement in her death. While California law prohibits [...]

I’ve Been Appointed Personal Representative – What Now!?

The probate court has delivered Letters of Authority appointing you as Personal Representative of your loved one’s estate. So, now what? This is a tremendous responsibility, and it is easy to get overwhelmed by the long list of what needs to be done, all the different court requirements and deadlines, and the arduous processes of [...]

You Never Give Me Any Money – Estate Planning with an Irresponsible Child

Difficulties with estate planning Estate planning is a commonly overlooked tool that can give you peace of mind and help your children after your passing. Parents want what is best for their children: to live happily, healthily, and hopefully to be more successful than their parents before them. Sometimes, however, you might understand that your [...]

The Legal Impact of Medical Marijuana and Seniors

WHAT'S COMING DOWN THE PIPE? THE LEGAL IMPACT OF MEDICAL MARIHUANA AND SENIORS by Amy E. Peterman If you were to ask who is the average consumer of marihuana, the answer may surprise you. According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than four million Americans age 55 and [...]

Legacy: From Father to Son in The Black Panther

Connecting Our Movie Experience to Reality Over the weekend, I saw the latest Marvel smash hit everyone is raving about: Black Panther. The movie stars the titular hero played by Chadwick Boseman, the newly crowned king of the fictional futuristic African country, Wakanda. In ancient times, a meteor carrying a powerful substance known as vibranium [...]

Congrats on having a baby! Now you need an estate plan…

Having a baby is a great time to get started with an estate plan (if you haven't already) Early in the morning just days before Christmas, I received a photo/text message from my long-time best friend, whose wife had given birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy. Everyone looked exhausted in the picture, but the [...]

Better Safe Than Sorry: Updating Your Estate Plan as Your Family Changes

Family Situations Can Change Often Time flies by faster than you think, but this is not merely an observation about life. The fact of the matter is, what works for you and your family today may not make sense tomorrow, or in a few years from now. Maintaining and updating your estate plan very important, [...]

Demand for Professional Guardians and Conservators is on the Rise

As the Baby-Boomer generation ages, many of them do not have someone in their lives to act as a guardian or conservator if the need arises. Que the professionals! In these types of cases, it is not uncommon for attorneys or social workers to be appointed for these roles, although a professional guardian can be [...]

Trump’s New Estate Tax Bill: What You Need to Know

Unless you have millions of dollars as either an individual (more than $5,500,000) or as a couple (more than $11 million), you may become nauseated at the very thought of a discussion on estate tax. After all, the federal estate tax is only felt by about 1 in 500 American families. However, you should really [...]

Conservatorships and Guardianships: Who Can They Help?

When we think about guardianships and conservatorships, we often picture the elderly or minor children. But these protections aren’t just for assisting people at polar ends of the aging spectrum. Conservatorships and guardianships can be a solution for anyone of any age with dependency issues, disabilities, and/or mental illness. Opioid Nation: An American Epidemic Local [...]