Christopher B Johnson Attorney At Law

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

13
JUL
2020
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Can I Completely Avoid the Probate Process?

To hear some people describe it, going through probate makes root canal surgery or a trip to the DMV seem like a vacation. Sure, it involves things most people would like to avoid—attorney and court fees, court appearances, and paperwork—but probate is actually a very fair and...
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...
28
SEP
2018
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What Will Happen to Property I Don’t Include in My Will in California?

A common concern people have when creating their California wills – and indeed a reason why some unnecessarily delay in creating or updating their will – is a feeling that they do not know what property will be in their estate when they pass on. Short of those people...
16
JUL
2018

Why Is “Avoiding Probate” Such a Big Deal in Estate Planning?

If you’ve been researching the field of estate planning or shopping around for estate planning options, you have probably heard the phrase “avoid probate” mentioned here and there as a reason for choosing one option over another. If you have been intimately involved in a probate...
12
FEB
2018
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How Much Does It Cost to Go to Probate in Los Angeles County?

You may have heard the phrase “avoid probate” mentioned in materials related to estate planning, and wondered what the big deal about probate really is. There are many reasons to avoid probate, not the least of which is that it causes delay and hassle for beneficiaries, and can...
22
SEP
2016
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Legacy Planning: Wills and Estate Planning for Dummies

It’s okay to admit it — you’re vaguely aware that you’re supposed to be creating a will or figuring out your estate planning, but you’re not even sure exactly what that means or where to begin. Not only is it okay to admit it, but being undereducated about wills and estate...
30
NOV
2015
Celebrity Estates In The News

Celebrity Estates In The News

While millions of fans are saddened by news about celebrities who pass away, these stories frequently have added drama as various heirs fight over the distribution of the estate. These stories remind us that having a well-crafted estate plan is crucial if you hope that your...
26
OCT
2015
Consulting A Pasadena Estate Planning Attorney Before Writing Someone Out Of Your Will

Consulting A Pasadena Estate Planning Attorney Before Writing Someone Out Of Your Will

Your will is not a static document but rather a reflection of your current intentions—a reality that makes it important to revisit all your estate planning documents anytime something changes in your life. One such change is when you wish to write a person out of your will. This...
20
JAN
2015
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What Does a Probate Attorney Do?

Probate can at times be a long and complicated legal process that determines how a decedent’s estate will be distributed. Most trusts and estates attorneys advise their clients on ways to avoid probate but if someone dies with a will, or testate, or without one, or intestate,...
10
SEP
2013
Why must I probate a will

Why Must I Probate a Will?

Why must I probate a will? A common question among heirs is why must the will of their parent or other close family member have to go to probate? If the decedent died without any assets in his or her sole name or had jointly held property that automatically passes to the...
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