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Christine Brown
Torrance, California
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Funerals can be very expensive here in Torrance. Many families pay $10,000 (and oftentimes more) for their loved one’s funeral. Hoping to relieve family members from the stress of this financial burden, the idea of paying for funeral expenses in advance using a prepaid funeral contract is growing in popularity.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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Many people believe that it would be easier for their loved ones if they transferred ownership of their home before they need to. Bypassing probate in Los Angeles County, they believe, will be easiest for everyone. That could be true. However, there are several risks to consider that might harm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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Many of us are lucky enough to have our parents around long enough for them to know their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. If you are one of the blessed, consider yourself lucky. However, there is one thing that you may eventually have to face – a parent who should not live... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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Hopefully you go to the doctor for a yearly physical. Getting a good checkup gives you a feeling of contentment knowing you are doing all you can do to keep yourself healthy. Have you considered a yearly estate planning checkup? Going through your documents and reassessing your decisions will give... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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When clients come to see a Long Beach estate planning lawyer, they generally have multiple goals in mind. Interestingly, they don’t always realize this fact, thinking that they “just” need to put together a will that stipulates who gets what after they have passed away. While this is obviously a... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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Here at The Law Offices of R. Christine Brown, APC, our entire legal team is passionate about helping parents name legal guardians for their children. It’s a critical step that allows parents to document the people they want and trust to raise their kids if they are incapacitated or unexpectedly... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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If you are over 70 and ½ years old, you can donate some or all over your IRA to an eligible charity of your choice. Using a Qualified Charitable Distribution, you can donate directly from you IRA to the charity. Not only is this a great way to support your... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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It is an unfortunate fact of life that lawsuits are generally brought against those who have “deep pockets.” Litigators don’t want to go through the time and cost of a drawn-out trial if there is no money to be made; hence, large lawsuits are typically only filed against those individuals... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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Following the shocking death of Prince, folks across the country were equally shocked to learn that the musical genius died without a Will or Trust in place to deal with the distribution of his fortune and valuable music catalogue when he passed away. Dying without a Will in his home... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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The costs of assisted living facilities continue to rise for seniors and their families, leaving them struggling to make sure their loved ones are receiving the care they need and deserve. While it seems like sometimes there is just no relief from these rising costs, Torrance elder law attorneys often... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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Many grandparents wish to leave a legacy behind for their grandchildren; however, they may run into some issues if those children are underage. A Los Angeles County Wills and Trusts attorney can help you determine what the best options are for leaving assets to underage beneficiaries, whether those assets are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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When making an estate plan and Last Will and Testament, many people have a difficult time deciding who should be the Executor of their estate. Oftentimes they will consider naming Co-Executors – two or more people who serve as executor of the estate. Each Co-Executor named in your Last Will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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A previous post looked at some of the most common business entities that a Hermosa Beach business planning lawyer will recommend for clients. From the simplicity of a sole proprietorship to the complexity of an S corporation, that piece shared some advantages and disadvantages of each entity when it comes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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With so much information to share on the types of business entities to consider, this post will appear in two parts. The first will look at some of the more commonly recognized entities that business planning lawyers in Hermosa Beach help set up, and the second will delve a bit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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It’s become more and more common now to see clients come in with probate cases that need to be dealt with in multiple states. Many seniors today are “snow birds,” meaning they spend their winters in states with warmer climates while keeping their actual residency in the state they’ve spent... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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Most people recognize that Los Angeles County estate planning lawyers work hard to protect their clients’ assets to maximize an estate after the individual’s death, but this is really only one aspect of the job. Estate planning lawyers help families and individuals to plan for their own futures with retirement... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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In general, Americans are very uncomfortable talking about end-of-life issues. It can be hard for people to think about (and plan for) their own death, let alone the death of their loved ones. I get it. Yet by not discussing these issues, you are leaving your future caregivers (most often... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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Whenever an estate battle includes a non-family member, things can get rough. When millions are at stake, you can expect the battle to be as mega as the megachurch in this case. Family members are fighting to lift a shroud of secrecy following the death of a successful bishop who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at California Estate Planning
Early diagnosis can improve quality of life if it is dementia, and if it is not, your doctor can discuss other reasons for short-term memory loss and treatment options. The older the patients, the less likely they are to discuss a memory problem with their doctor during an office visit,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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Don't wait until it's too late to discuss money, death and your personal values with your heirs. If your family can't manage the discussions, then you'll at least know that another tactic is needed. We don't like to talk about money or death. Our children hate the thought of it,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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With living trust scams on the rise both nationally and in California, many seniors are being tricked into buying costly and unnecessary financial products which jeopardize their long-term security. Preying on loneliness and common fear of the unknown among seniors, scammers and unscrupulous salesmen in the US and in California... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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We'd all rather plan a vacation than confront our own mortality. But planning for retirement, estate planning and vacation planning are all necessary to achieve your goals. The same people who put off estate planning have no problem finding the time to plan their vacations. And far too many people... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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Some law students are getting the opportunity to represent men and women who have served in the military. A lieutenant colonel serving in the U.S. Army Reserves was in Afghanistan on his third tour of duty, suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and enduring a bad foot injury in 2011... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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The first quarter of the year is a good time to review your estate plan. It may not need any changes – but chances are good something in your life has changed and your plan may be outdated. Over the course of time, things change that have an impact on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at California Estate Planning
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Sometimes it's easier to have a conversation on a difficult topic when you focus on the non-emotional aspects of the subject being discussed and have a checklist in hand. For a generation that is proud of their ability to ignore all kinds of taboos, millennials are no different than any... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at California Estate Planning