One of the main benefits of estate and trust planning according to lawyers in Santa Barbara County is the avoidance of probate proceedings. But what does that mean? And why should you want to avoid probate in the first place? The main reason to avoid probate in Santa Barbara County is simply that it’s a…

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July is Sandwich Generation month. If you’ve never heard of it: the average age of parents raising children in the US continues to rise, leaving many middle-aged Americans in a category commonly referred to as the the “sandwich” generation:  often still raising kids at home when they become responsible for the care of their own…

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By Santa Barbara Will and Trust Attorney Julianna Malis Santa Barbara estate planning lawyers are often asked by their clients to explain what comprises a basic estate plan. Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to this question because an estate plan all depends on the situation and the needs of the individual. For instance, a basic…

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