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Duties of an Estate Executor in California | Werner Law Firm

Duties of an Estate Executor in California

The executor of a will has an incredibly difficult and important job – to see to it that the contents of your will are respected, within the constraints of the law and their abilities as executor of your estate. When you pass away and become the decedent of your estate, whoever you chose as executor

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What Is Probate, Anyway? | Werner Law Firm

What Is Probate, Anyway?

Probate comes from the old Latin and English for proving, giving a big clue on what the process is meant to do. A probate process illuminates the contents of a last will and testament and proves them, legitimizing the will and authorizing its execution at the hands of a capable and court-appointed estate executor. The

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6 Times You Need to Update Your Will | Werner Law Firm

6 Times You Need to Update Your Will

Most Americans lack any sort of estate plan or will whatsoever, which can be to a huge detriment to their family after death. While the law tries and makes the probate process as simply and straightforward as possible, it can be a distressing experience for a family to deal with the consequences of no end-of-life

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The Issue With Life Estate Deeds | Werner Law Firm

The Issue With Life Estate Deeds

The law provides people with many ways to protect their property, and ensure that their will is properly executed after their death. When you own something, you have a vast level of control over your property. You can change it, damage it, tear it down, repurpose it, or safeguard it. However, when you’re dead, all

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Does Your Estate Plan Include Your Pets? | Werner Law Firm

Does Your Estate Plan Include Your Pets?

The law sees pets as property. For now. However, even in the eyes of the law, pets are more than just an extension of your material wealth. Animal law tries to fight for the welfare of animals, criminalizing cruelty, neglect and torturous treatment of animals. But that doesn’t change that, fundamentally, the law still sees

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Key Legacy Planning Lessons Learned From Kurt Cobain | Werner Law Firm

Key Legacy Planning Lessons Learned From Kurt Cobain

Celebrities often have the largest estates and the most reason for considering proper estate planning. Yet beyond simply protecting your assets and valuables and ensuring that they go into the right hands, artists also carry the need for proper legacy planning. Legacy planning is separate from estate planning – it’s about utilizing the legal tools

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Dangers of DIY Estate Planning | Werner Law Firm

The Dangers of DIY Estate Planning

With the advent of the Internet, there is almost no limit to the idea of “do-it-yourself” (DIY). Theoretically, you could do anything yourself with a little bit of research and a few resources – even when it comes to legal matters. A will, for example, is technically only a single document with your signature and

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What Are AB Living Trusts, How Do They Work? | Werner Law Firm

What Are AB Living Trusts, How Do They Work?

Estate planning is the art of ensuring that your wealth remains as untouched as possible, without cheating the government out of any necessary taxes. A legally sound and competent estate plan can be the make-or-break difference between paying millions of dollars in taxes, or leaving your inheritors with an estate that is mostly intact. Among some of

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