Christopher B Johnson Attorney At Law

CHRISTOPHER B. JOHNSON
ATTORNEY AT LAW
(888) 838-8771

21
FEB
2019

Who Inherits What if My Parent Died Without a Will in California?

As much as we estate planning attorneys try to impress upon people the need to create a will, it still happens quite frequently that people will pass on without having created a will, even when they have minor or grown children. If your parent died without a will in California,...
14
DEC
2018
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What Does it Mean When Someone Dies Intestate?

People die every day without a will or estate plan that distributes their wealth to their heirs. The reasons for this are many: Some people do not like to think about dying, others believe they have more time, and some simply do not think it is important or that they have enough...
16
AUG
2018
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3 Estate Planning Issues to Address Prior to Your California Marriage

Marriage is a wonderful thing, and your wedding day should be all about celebrating the romance and joined lives of you and your spouse! But marriage is also an event that has profound legal and financial implications for both you and your spouse as you move forward together....
08
DEC
2016
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Do My Beneficiaries Have to Pay Off My Debts?

Ideally, a person who lives a long life will get to a place where they are no longer burdened by debt such as mortgages, credit card debt, student loan debt, or other types of debt. But more and more Americans are followed by debt throughout their life, and there is of course...
21
OCT
2016
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Can a Child Born After a Will is Created Inherit?

If you created a will and later sired or adopted a child, or if you are the child of a recently deceased parent or currently living parent who made a will before you were born, you may rightly be wondering how California law treats the child in such a scenario. California law...
17
OCT
2016
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How to Prevent Executors From Making These Common Mistakes

If you have already named an executor for your estate, then you have taken the first steps to making sure your family and loved ones will be taken care of after your passing. But, unfortunately, many executors end up making costly mistakes which lower the value of the estate you...
26
MAY
2016
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How Do I Prove a Family Member Had an Undue Influence on a Will?

In California, a person is free to devise their separate property in a will to whomever they’d like (community property – meaning that property that was earned or accumulated during a marriage – automatically goes to the surviving spouse upon death). A person is also...
04
APR
2016
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Inheritance Attorney in Pasadena Looks at 5 Famous Movies about Wills

Wills often come up as plot devices in the movies, and for good reason. When a will is poorly or vaguely worded regarding gifts, beneficiaries, and conditions on those gifts, or where the existence or validity of the will is called into question by accusations of undue influence,...
25
JAN
2016
When Do I Need an Inheritance Attorney?

When Do I Need an Inheritance Attorney?

There are no laws that require you to hire an estate attorney. In fact, we all have the right to defend ourselves in court, hammer out our own agreements, and plan for the future of our loved ones. To quote Abraham Lincoln, though, “He who represents himself has a fool for a...
18
JAN
2016
Estate Planning in Pasadena (and Beyond): The Questions You Will Be Asked

Estate Planning in Pasadena (and Beyond): The Questions You Will Be Asked

Let’s face it, staring mortality in the face is one of the most difficult things we are called do. We all know we’re going to die at some point, but it’s sobering to make the decisions that are to be carried out at end of life. Estate planning may not be fun, but it is necessary...
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