Court Upholds Traditional Japanese Adoption Laws in Estates of Sisters

Northern California is home to thousands of Japanese-Americans, many of whom retain strong familial ties to Japan. This can pose some unique challenges when it comes to family law. As Japanese legal and cultural traditions often diverge significantly from American and western practices. Indeed, a recent decision by a California appeals court highlights the potential […]

California’s Proposed Tax Changes Could Effect Real Estate

In November, California voters are set to cast a deciding vote on the Property Tax Fairness Initiative. This real estate proposal would modify California’s property tax laws. This coming November, voters all around California will weigh in on a number of important issues. One of the most notable ballot initiatives centers around property taxes. According […]

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 have to deny the chance because the other custodial parent has refused to […]

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 […]

Qualified Domestic Trusts

The benefits of a living trust are vast.  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 will […]

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 […]

Five things employees should ask themselves before they sue

If you believe that you were wrongfully terminated from your job, or that you were forced into resignation, your first instinct may be to sue your former employer. While you may have a valid case that can be won, it is a good idea to ask yourself a few questions before rushing into a lawsuit. […]