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8 Tips for Having 'The Talk' with Elderly Parents

Posted by Julianna Malis | Nov 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

With the holidays fast-approaching, with COVID being part of our 2020 now might be a good time with smaller quieter gatherings to have 'The Talk' with your elderly parents if you haven't had it already. Unless you’re certain your parents have an up-to-date will and a wider plan for what should happen in the event of their passing, you shouldn’t assume everything will be taken care of.

“When It Comes to Cryptocurrency, Estate Planning Is a Must!”

Posted by Julianna Malis | Oct 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

You’ve most likely seen articles and news segments about cryptocurrency. The most popular form is Bitcoin, but there are several others on the horizon. For the uninitiated, cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security, making it difficult to counterfeit. One of the main reasons why people and investors like cryptocurrencies…

Tips When Caring for an Out-of-State Elderly Parent

Posted by Julianna Malis | Sep 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

One of the hardest things an adult child must handle is the responsibility of overseeing their elderly parent's care. As a Santa Barbara elder law attorney, I find that this situation is only made harder when the child and parent live in different states. While arranging for transportation, healt...

What Are the Warning Signs of Dementia?

Posted by Julianna Malis | Aug 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dementia is one of the most devastating conditions affecting seniors, resulting in an eventual loss of cognitive functions. While there is no cure for dementia or the two leading diseases that cause dementia, Alzheimer's and Lewy body dementia, there are treatments that can slow the effects...

How Does a Healthcare Directive Work in Santa Barbara?

Posted by Julianna Malis | Aug 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

As a Santa Barbara will and estates attorney, I'm often asked, “How does a Healthcare Directive or Living Will work in California?” Essentially, an Advance Healthcare Directive, sometimes referred to as a Living Will in California, is a legal document that spells out your wishes for healthc...

What are the Warning Signs of Dementia? (SB Elder Law)

Posted by Julianna Malis | Jul 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dementia is one of the most devastating conditions affecting seniors, resulting in an eventual loss of cognitive functions. While there is no cure for dementia or the two leading diseases that cause dementia, Alzheimer's and Lewy body dementia, there are treatments that can slow the effects...

Should My Elderly Parent Be Driving?

Posted by Julianna Malis | Jul 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Julianna Malis, Attorney at Law July is Sandwich Generation month. If you're wondering what the Sandwich Generation is, the average age of parents raising children in the US has continued to rise, leaving many middle-aged Americans in a category commonly referred to as the the “sandwich” gener...

July: Sandwich Generation Month

Posted by Julianna Malis | Jul 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Julianna Malis, Attorney at Law July is Sandwich Generation month. If you're wondering what the Sandwich Generation is, the average age of parents raising children in the US has continued to rise, leaving many middle-aged Americans in a category commonly referred to as the the “sandwich” gener...

Assigning Multiple Powers of Attorney

Posted by Julianna Malis | Jun 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Granting someone power of attorney means that you are giving them the authority to make important decisions on your behalf should you be incapable of making them yourself. The scope, duration, and other specifics are up to you. While the laws vary in each state, it's usually as simple as dr...

How to Handle Probate in SB County

Posted by Julianna Malis | Jun 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

The thought of going through the probate process here in Santa Barbara County can strike fear in the hearts of most people, and with good reason. The time it takes is long and grueling, and the paperwork is overwhelming. The details of probate vary from state to state, so the process looks ...

Estate Planning for Blended Families

Posted by Julianna Malis | Jun 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

Modern American families come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and configurations. This creates unique circumstances when creating wills and trusts and putting long-term care plans in place. There is always the potential for conflict when it comes to estate planning in general, but the added element...

How to Prepare for Care with an Unmarried Partner

Posted by Julianna Malis | Jun 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

Planning for the death of an unmarried partner is critical, but so is planning for the possibility that one partner becomes sick, disabled, or incapacitated at some point during their lifetime. Under the laws of most states, an unmarried partner has zero rights to manage finances or make me...

How to Plan for Your Child’s Future During Divorce

Posted by Julianna Malis | May 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Raising a child with special needs is challenging. Sadly, the stress of the situation contributes to the high rate of divorce among couples who are raising children with special needs. In fact, it is estimated that the rate of divorce in these households are between 80% and 90%. If you are ...

Three Common Trust Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Julianna Malis | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you've set up a Revocable Living Trust, congratulations! As a Santa Barbara will and trust lawyer, I assure you that you've taken a very important step in protecting your assets and your family in the event you become incapacitated or pass away. However, just because you've completed this impo...

Three Ways to Protect Your Children in an Emergency

Posted by Julianna Malis | May 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

If something were to happen to you and your spouse, what would happen if the authorities or medical personnel did not know that you have minor children at home waiting for you? Picture this; your children are at home and more frightened as each hour passes and you have not returned. The bab...

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