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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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How Long Do Probate Proceedings Typically Last? - Werner Law Firm

How Long Do Probate Proceedings Typically Last?

Probate is an important part of the estate planning process, as it usually sets the timeframe from your death to the total dissolution and distribution of your estate. However, contrary to popular belief, probate does not always last forever. The probate proceedings process can be truncated, sped through, or even skipped depending on the circumstances,

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What Is the SECURE Act, How Could It Affect Your Retirement? - Werner Law Firm

What Is the SECURE Act, How Could It Affect Your Retirement?

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump earlier last December, features a series of provisions designed largely to help Americans prepare for retirement. As the pension vanishes, more Americans turn towards partially self-sufficient means of preparing for retirement, such as the IRA and the employer-provided

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California Probate Explained - Werner Law Firm

California Probate Explained

Unless an individual dies with a living trust or meets other specific criteria, their estate must go through probate after they pass away. The California probate process ensures that all of the estate’s debts are paid and that the assets are distributed to the proper beneficiaries and heirs. From start to finish, this process typically

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