September 2014 Archives

Who decides the value of property in a trust or estate?


People in California who own substantial property and assets might have some questions about what their real and tangible property is worth. In a volatile real estate market, significant fluctuations in property value can be common, so an updated appraisal of the property may be necessary. Estate planning decisions may revolve around the value of these assets, so it's important for people to understand how the appraisal process in California works.

Repairing a trust may be a better alternative to starting over


When something is broken, the solution most people in California think of is fixing it. When a car breaks down, most people take it to the auto shop. When an appliance stops running, most people call a professional to come take a closer look. Very rarely is the best solution to throw out the old car or refrigerator and just buy a new one.

What is probate and how does it work in California?


People in California may have questions about how the legal process of transferring assets and property after a person's death occurs. This legal process in general is referred to as probate, although the process can vary greatly, depending on the circumstances. In general, a well-written and valid will can help a person avoid a lengthy and involved probate process, but in some circumstances, probate is a necessary and unavoidable step.

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