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What Is a Small Estate Affidavit? - Werner Law Firm

What Is a Small Estate Affidavit?

In California, a “small estate affidavit” is often used to resolve final estate matters for a deceased person who died without a will and can help fast track the costly, lengthy process of probate. A small estate affidavit is a state-specific legal document used to skip the estates’ probate process with a total value under

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What Is Conservatorship, How Does It Work? - Werner Law Firm

What Is Conservatorship, How Does It Work?

When an adult is no longer capable of caring for themselves, their loved ones may step in to care for them – to the point of taking full authority over their lives, if circumstances validate it. That is what a conservatorship authorizes. Conservatorships may be considered in cases where adults are no longer self-sufficient due

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The California Trust Administration Process - Werner Law Firm

The California Trust Administration Process

When a person dies, their assets must be distributed among their relatives or persons of their choosing. Accounts, real property, and even sentimental items may be bequeathed to individuals, groups, or organizations. An estate plan can help a decedent’s loved ones (and the appropriate probate court) determine who gets what after death. Estate plans often

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Understanding California Transmutation Agreements - Werner Law Firm

Understanding California Transmutation Agreements

California transmutation agreements enable married couples to “transmute” community property into separate property, and vice versa. A transmutation agreement can also be used to transfer property between spouses. There are pros and cons to utilizing a transmutation agreement. They are usually used as a tool for postnuptial property distribution, tax purposes, establishing ownership over certain

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