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Estate planning as a vital community function


People who call the Sacramento area home know that a community is built one family at a time, and when people work together for mutual financial prosperity the community is strengthened. That is the philosophy of Michael Sawamura, who has made Sacramento his home and puts the needs of his clients first and foremost. He believes in the Sacramento community and wants to see his friends and neighbors prosper. By offering sound legal and financial strategies for estate planning to his clients, he has done just that for the last 25 years.

What is a pension "clawback" and can it affect you?


People in California who have worked for decades in order to ensure a healthy and prosperous retirement might be shocked to know that their pensions and retirement accounts might not be as safe as they had banked on. According to a recent AARP bulletin, pension "clawbacks," in which pension plan administrators go after money already guaranteed or disbursed to retirees, are becoming more common across the U.S.

An easy way to prepare for future medical issues


There are several important documents to consider when developing an estate plan. Arguably, one of the most important documents to consider might be the advanced health care directive. This document is essentially a document that spells out what a person's wishes would be regarding potential medical treatment if they were ever to become incapacitated or unable to make their own decisions due to illness or disability.

Dean Smith uses trust to his heirs' advantage


College basketball fans in California may have heard about the passing of legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith earlier this year. His legacy as one of college basketball's greatest coaches was cemented, but after his death, tales of his generosity also began making national headlines.

Finding the right person to trust with end-of-life planning


When it comes to end-of-life issues, people in California might start to get a little uneasy. After all, estate planning, health care directives and retirement issues aren't something people think about a lot and the odds are that it's an uncertain area for older people who are thinking about these issues for the first time. Finding an attorney is easy, but finding the right one, a trustworthy attorney with the right combination of experience and knowledge in estate planning matters, is a whole different issue. It's a fast, complex world out there and people may not know where to turn for legal advice they can trust.

My Sacramento law practice, Michael A. Sawamura, Attorney at Law, focuses on wills, trusts and estate planning law in addition to business law and corporate defense services. My clients include professionals, government employees, small businesses, blue-collar workers and national corporations.

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