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Power of attorney can help with late-life decisions

Many readers here in California may be fans of recording artist Amy Grant. Of course, like any famous singer, Grant carries on much of her life outside of the public eye. In a recent article, the singer opened up about her parents' life as they reached old age and its effect on her. Within the story is a fantastic representation of how proper estate planning -- including power of attorney -- can help families come together despite what can be a challenging end.

Mother, wife of missing millionaire fight for control of estate

California residents may have seen the news that a multi-millionaire went missing last week under mysterious circumstances. Now the fallout over the man's disappearance seems to be coming to a head, as his wife and mother wrestle over control of the man's numerous business interests, assets and property. The man vanished last week after embarking on his fishing boat, which later washed up on a Fort Lauderdale beach.

Wallace's death shows importance of designating power of attorney

Mike Wallace entered the living rooms of many Sacramento, California, homes for nearly six decades until his retirement in 2006. The journalist will always be remembered for asking the tough questions at the right time. Most recently, however, the "60 Minutes" anchor passed away at the age of 93. News of Wallace's health in his final days is a strong reminder for individuals to establish durable power of attorney in a timely fashion.

Estate planning essential for single parents in California

One of the primary goals of an estate plan is to take care of your family in the event of your death. It is not often pleasant to reflect on those circumstances, but it is a reality that all of us will necessarily face at one time. The best course of action, therefore, is to address potential problems and solve them using the legal tools available.

Power of attorney: Important for your healthcare

Estate planning is critical, even though we often make excuses for avoiding it. Making decisions about how worldly possessions will be distributed upon one's death is part of the process, but it's not the only part that should be involved in estate planning for California residents. It is also critical to make decisions regarding personal care should one become incapacitated due to illness or injury.

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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