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Estate Planning 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, but the added element of a blended family can compound problems. That is…

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How to Prepare for Care with an Unmarried Partner

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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How to Plan for Your Child’s Future During Divorce

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 going through a divorce…

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Three Common Trust Mistakes to Avoid

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 important step does not mean that…

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What Happens If I Receive an Inheritance During Bankruptcy Proceedings?

For some families, bankruptcy is the only way out from living under a mountain of debt.  Filing for bankruptcy is a not a decision most people enter into lightly as the process can have a number of long-term and severe consequences. Once such consequence that tends to go overlooked is the possibility that a person…

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Three Ways to Protect Your Children 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 home and more frightened as each hour passes and you have not returned. The babysitter is scrambling…

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How to Handle Special Needs Decision-Making After a Divorce

Any type of co-parenting relationship can be complicated, especially when the relationship ends in divorce. Divorcing parents of a special needs child, even one that has reached adulthood, may have questions about their rights and obligations as guardians when it comes to making decisions for a child with disabilities. While laws may vary from state…

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How to Choose the Best Dementia Care Facility for Your Loved One

Once an older loved one starts to show signs of dementia, you will likely need to start thinking about the type of care he or she will need in the future. When your loved one gets to the point where he or she is no longer able to remain in their home, a dementia care…

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Who Will Make Your Healthcare Decisions if You Cannot?

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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Estate Planning Tips for Blended Families

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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