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Myths and Misconceptions About Coronavirus Vaccines  

Posted by Julianna Malis | Mar 02, 2021 | 0 Comments

  The development of several vaccines to help combat the spread of COVID-19 is welcome news. However, the remarkable speed with which these vaccines were developed has led to skepticism and misconceptions among some Americans. A recent article on AARP's website discusses the myths, and the truth...

Dementia Warning Signs

Posted by Julianna Malis | Feb 05, 2021 | 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 and h...

"The Talk" with Elderly Parents

Posted by Julianna Malis | Jan 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

According to a 2017 survey, less than half of Americans have a will. If your mother or father dies intestate – meaning without a will – such a situation could lead to added emotional strain and stress. And it could have financial implications for all their children and/or other family m...

What is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust?

Posted by Julianna Malis | Jan 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

A family home or vacation property is often the most valuable asset in their estate. While the homeowner may want to leave their cherished property to children or other beneficiaries as an inheritance, taxes can quickly thwart well-meaning plans. The sad truth is that without proper pl...

Basics of Probate in Santa Barbara, CA

Posted by Julianna Malis | Jan 08, 2021 | 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 lo...

3 Ways to Protect Your Children in an Emergency

Posted by Julianna Malis | Dec 20, 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...

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...

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