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For parents considering divorce, their already busy lives just ratcheted up a few notches. They’re now worrying about the economics, whether they’ll need to sell the family home; they’re wondering how they’ll manage being a single mom or dad. Most of all, they’re worried about how divorce will affect their...

Dr. Barak Gaster is a Seattle internist who spent three years working with specialists in geriatrics, neurology, palliative care and psychiatry to create a dementia-specific advance directive. The document maps out the stages of dementia: mild, moderate and severe; it asks patients to specify which medical interventions they would want...

“Jason” came in to our Oakland office to change the title on a deed--a routine procedure that sometimes can be completed in a single day. Jason co-owned a home in the Oakland hills, and his name was on the deed along with those of his father and uncle, both deceased....

Many small business owners think forming an entity is just for the big guys, but there is a number of reasons why small business owners and entrepreneurs should think about forming a corporation or limited liability company, and it has everything to do with personal liability protection. Sole Proprietorships: the easiest...

On May 15, Riverside Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ottolia declared that the California legislature violated the law by passing the End of Life Option Act (EOLOA) in 2015 during a special session dedicated to healthcare issues, according to the plaintiffs in the case as well as advocates for the...

When a loved one dies, there are laws governing the distribution of property. If that person had a Will or Living Trust, the legal document identifies the way the estate will be distributed. If the deceased did not have a Will or Trust, the estate goes through Probate, which follows its...

Former first lady Barbara Bush had been in declining health for several years. Just days before her death at age 92, we read that she was seeking “comfort care” for her terminal conditions of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Comfort care translates to preventing or relieving suffering, providing...

Why don’t more East Bay families have Living Trusts? Good question. But here are some of the excuses: 1. I don’t have an estate--why do I need an estate plan? This is, of course, the classic excuse. Certainly those with a lot of assets have more to protect and more to lose...

Just as more traditional assets such as real estate and financial accounts can be passed on to beneficiaries, intellectual property is considered an asset that should be included in a Will or Living Trust. A few things to think about: Whether through oversight or ignorance, many people fail to make provisions...

New ‘Instructions’ Could Let Dementia Patients Refuse Spoon-Feeding June marks the two-year anniversary of California’s End of Life Options Act (EOLA). Between June 9 and December 31, 2016, 111 patients were reported to have died following ingestion of aid-in-dying drugs prescribed under EOLA. While controversial, the law has stringent controls The law has been...

I don’t know what it’s like in your neighborhood, but where I live, everyone seems to have a dog. On my morning walk I routinely greet a wide variety of scruffy mutts of dubious lineage, sheepdogs, the biggest Great Dane I’ve ever seen, an obese Bulldog and a yellow Lab...

Living Trusts are an important service for California Document Preparers, and many of our clients are retired or thinking about it. As a result, discussions frequently surface about a range of life-planning topics such as social security, financial planning and hospice. A recent New York Times article about assisted-living facilities...