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Can A Small Estate Avoid Probate?

Probate is the process by which an individual’s estate is administered after their death in California. The probate process involves submitting the decedent’s Last Will and Testament to…
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Do You Have a Legally Valid Will?

When an individual passes away in California, a probate court determines whether their Last Will and Testament is valid. This process protects decedents’ estates and their designated beneficiaries…
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How Do Trusts Reduce Taxes?

Individuals often establish trusts to help reduce or eliminate taxes so that their loved ones receive as much of the original estate as possible. Learning about the tax…
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What Is A Life Insurance Trust?

What Is an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust? One helpful estate planning tool is an irrevocable life insurance trust, which offers several benefits, such as protecting beneficiaries from paying…
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How Long Does Probate Take?

“How long does probate take?” is one of the most common questions our estate planning clients ask. The answer varies depending on the structure of the decedent’s estate…
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