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Talking to kids about inheritance is crucial to success


People in California perhaps read a recent editorial about the importance of preparing the next generation of heirs for their inheritance. The article makes some excellent points about why it's extremely important for people with a substantial estate to educate their heirs, and perhaps even involve them in the estate planning process where appropriate.

Californians shouldn't blow inheritance, but save for retirement


People in California may have seen a recent financial news article about inheritance, and how people who are lucky enough to receive an inheritance plan on using it. In a recent survey of people under the age of 60 who expected to inherit money or assets, most people said they would use the money to save for their own retirement.

Yarnell crewmember's family fights for benefits


People in California know what a menace wildfires can be on the west coast. Many people probably recall the tragedy that occurred in Yarnell, Arizona, when 19 firefighters on the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew perished while fighting a blazing wildfire earlier this summer. The story became national news as firefighters and citizens mourned the brave crew, but now the victims' families have a fight of their own.

Same-sex marriage to continue in California


People in California know that the Supreme Court handed down a tremendously important decision last month overturning Proposition 8. Proposition 8, the voter initiative that outlawed same-sex marriages within the state, was effectively nullified by the Supreme Court's decision, which has now cleared the way for same-sex marriages to legally resume all over California.

First steps for estate administration and probate


People in California who have lost a loved one know that the emotional toll of grief and sadness can be overwhelming. The loss of a close friend, relative or spouse can make functioning normally difficult, if not impossible. Often though, before a person can properly grieve, they first have to deal with the practicality of winding down their loved one's affairs and settling their estate after death. Having a practical plan in place for one's own affairs after death can be very useful, especially when it comes to naming a capable person to perform the essential tasks that must be done.

Debt onset later in life increases need for estate planning

People in California know that the Great Recession has been hard on many families, as unemployment rates have skyrocketed, and tax increases have resulted in a tremendous decimation of wealth across nearly every generation. People may be surprised to find out that older Americans have received a disproportionately high amount of this burden.

Saving for retirement and future generations

People in California are forced with a lot of tough choices as they decide how to save their money. Obviously, people want to protect as much of their money from unnecessary taxation as possible, but because every person's situation is different, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all estate plan. When it comes to retirement, the next generation of retirees has some scary realities to face, but with the right estate planning strategies, they may just be able to create a healthier financial situation than they thought possible.

Making estate planning a family affair

Many people in California have concerns about wills, estates and trusts but often feel they are too busy to do anything about it. After all, most people don't reach a level of financial success and responsibility by spending too much idle time. It is also common for people, to make another serious mistake when it comes to estate planning: They don't spend enough time discussing their estate plan with their heirs and loved ones.

Deceased woman's donated clothes contain hidden treasure

People in California may have heard an interesting and amusing story about a woman who discovered a treasure trove of $100 bills in the pockets of the clothing of an 85-year-old woman who had recently died. The woman found some $30,000 in currency in the clothing, which had been given to her by family members of the deceased.

Writing family members out of a will requires tact

A recent news story focused on a California woman who was preparing her will and deciding how to split her earthly possessions amongst her four children. Ultimately, she decided that she would exclude one of her children from receiving any inheritance. Of course, excluding a child from a will can sometimes be easier said than done.

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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