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” generation:  often still raising kids at home when…

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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 medical decisions when something happens to the…

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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 babysitter is scrambling…

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National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is held on April 16th each year. It exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and healthcare providers about the importance of advance care planning. The NHDD initiative encourages patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare, and providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. NHDD…

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Santa Barbara Will and Trust Lawyer Offers Estate Planning Tips for Blended Families 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,…

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Santa Barbara Estate Administration Lawyer: Understanding the Basics of Probate in Santa Barbara, CA By Julianna M. Malis, Attorney at Law  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,…

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Santa Barbara Wills and Estates Lawyer Discusses 3 Easy Ways to Protect Your Kids in an Emergency  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…

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