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It is important for everyone to have an estate plan that expresses their final wishes. This is especially true for people with young children so you can be the one to determine who will become the legal guardian of your children. However, even with an estate plan in place that sets forth who you want the legal guardian of your children to be, that person will still have to go to probate court in order to have that person appointed by the court. The court will give great deference to the person listed as your choice of a legal guardian for your children, especially if that person is a grandparent, sibling, etc. If the person you have chosen is not a family member, it may be important to include in your estate plan why someone like a grandparent or sibling should not be the legal guardian of your child. For more information, call the Law Office of Caitlin Rodriguez and receive your free initial consultation.
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In almost every estate plan, a Trust is used to distribute a person’s assets according to their wishes upon their death. However, without the proper additional tools and planning in place, probate may still be unavoidable. Probate can be expensive, time consuming, and emotionally tolling. As such, it is important to properly plan what happens to your estate upon your death. In California, if a person’s assets outside of a Trust exceed $166,250, the estate will still need to be administered through the probate process. (Prob. Code, § 13100). This is where a Pour Over Will becomes an important part of one’s estate plan. A Pour Over Will is a tool that essentially gifts to the already existing Trust, all assets outside the Trust upon that person’s death (i.e. the assets “pour over” into the Trust). This extra step in a person’s estate plan allows the estate to avoid probate, even if the assets existing outside the Trust exceed California’s $166,250 limit. For more information on Pour Over Wills and implementing them into your estate plan or estate planning questions in general, call the Law Office of Caitlin Rodriguez to set up your free initial consult.
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1. It is illegal for women to drive a vehicle in a housecoat;
2. In Los Angeles, it is illegal to wash your neighbor's car without their permission;
3. In Blythe, it is illegal to wear cowboy boots if you do not own at least two cows;
4. Women are not allowed to wear high heels within the city of Carmel;
5. In San Francisco, you cannot walk down any street if you are classified as "ugly."