Leaving Your Loved Ones With Stories, Values, and Life Lessons

Financial Planning is Only Part of an Estate Plan. Leave Behind Something More Meaningful for Your Loved Ones A palliative nurse interviewed her patients about their regrets and found that the top regrets of the dying were wishing that “I had not worked so hard,” wishing that “I had the courage to live a life […]

Considerations for Owners of Tiny Homes

Real estate is extremely expensive in the Bay Area. In fact, according to Business Insider, San Francisco was the most expensive city to rent a one-bedroom apartment–a problem that tiny home proponents believe they have a solution for. Unfortunately, while simple living, and less expensive living, with a tiny home may sound appealing, the zoning […]

Separating Assets When You Are Not Married

How Do Non-Married Couples Separate Their Assets? The concept of marriage is not as popular as it once was. Marriage has been on the decline over the last quarter century, while cohabitation of unmarried couples is on a rapid rise, even in the last few years. According to the Pew Research Center, 18 million Americans […]

How an Out-of-State Move Affects Custody

One of the most devastating aspects of shared custody is when one parent decides to move out of state and take your child with them, or conversely when you have an opportunity to start a new job out of state and you are denied the chance because the other custodial parent has refused to allow […]

Three Ways Executors Get in Hot Water

An executor of a will has a great responsibility, and unfortunately they are often woefully unprepared for the job. Executors are typically a family member or friend of the testator (the person who made the will), and usually have very little legal knowledge or background in the probate process, which is how a will is […]

Why To Consider Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Why To Consider Protecting Your Intellectual PropertyIntellectual property may be your most valuable asset, and taking steps to protect it has never been more important than now, when intellectual property theft is at an all-time high. Entrepreneur lists the most important reasons for protecting your intellectual property in the following: Brand Recognition–Your customers have grown […]

Intellectual Property And Estate Planning

The average person’s most valuable assets include their real estate, stocks, and other financial savings. According to the Wall Street Journal, for many people the best choice would be to leave their beneficiaries money through a Roth IRA. This may or may not comprise the most valuable assets owned by someone with rights to intellectual […]

Qualified Domestic Trusts

The benefits of a living trust are vast, and include avoiding the costly and time-consuming process of probate, as well as avoidance of certain taxes. The estate tax is currently set at approximately $5.5 million (anything less is not subject to taxation), meaning that most people who pass on their assets to their loved ones […]

An Easement

The average American house is larger than ever, while the yard is continuing to grow smaller, according to the Atlantic. This has spurred innumerable arguments and disputes between close-quartered neighbors, with easements being of top concern. An easement is a strip of land, usually in the form of a dirt road or driveway, that bisects […]

What To Do When Your Corporation Becomes Suspended

When a California corporation or business entity fails to pay its taxes, fails to file a corporate tax return, or fails to file an updated Statement of Information on time, their corporation may be suspended (California Revenue and Taxation Code, Section 23301 and California Corporations Code, Section 2205). Unfortunately, if your corporation does become suspended, […]