Estate Planning in the age of COVID-19

Right now, it seems like everyone is either starting their estate planning, or updating their current estate plan, or making some review of their plan.  This is due to the fact that we are all in the midst of a global pandemic, with no sure end...

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"I hold a Power of Attorney. Now what?"

Many people ask me what they can or cannot do when they hold a power of attorney for a family member or loved one.  That is a good question!  Often times, the person appointed power of attorney may not have any idea what that involves. ...

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Status of the San Diego County Courts

I just got off a video presentation hosted by Johanna Schiavoni of the San Diego County Bar Association.  The topic was State of the Superior Court Address.  Presenting were the Hon. Lorna Alksne, Presiding Judge, the Hon. Michael T. Smyth,...

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Estate Planning for First Responders/Medical providers

Recently, Annette and I were talking about what we could do to 'give back' to the community in response to the recent social distancing and stay at home situation.  We realized that, although we were no experienced or qualified to...

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Why not copy a will off of the Internet and save money?

I was appearing in Probate Court recently, and the Judge, in response to a question from another attorney, said he was going to take a short break, and "Go to my chambers before I answer that last question." A few minutes later, he returned...

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