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How to Protect an Inheritance for a Loved One Battling Bipolar Disorder

Santa Barbara Trust Lawyer: How to Protect an Inheritance for a Loved One Battling Bipolar Disorder Our Santa Barbara trust lawyers are often asked by parents if it is possible to protect an inheritance for an adult child who battles Bipolar Disorder. Unfortunately, one of the hallmarks of the condition is excessive financial spending while…

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Understanding the Basics of Probate in Santa Barbara, CA

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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3 Easy Ways to Protect Your Kids in an Emergency

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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How to Handle Decision Making for an Adult Child With Special Needs When the Parents Are Divorced

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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Santa Barbara Estate Planning Attorney Answers, “Can I Name More Than One Person as My Power of Attorney?”

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 drafting a document or filling…

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Santa Barbara Elder Law Attorney: 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Dementia Care Facility

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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Will and Estate Lawyer Answers, “Can I Exclude My Spouse or Child from My Will?”

Excluding someone from your will, particularly if it’s your spouse or your child, can be complicated. In some states, it’s not even allowed. Leaving out people who wouldn’t automatically receive any of your estate is usually as simple as just not including them. However, if you do want to be specific about excluding someone to…

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Why You Want to Avoid Probate in Santa Barbara County

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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Santa Barbara Special Needs Lawyer: How to Stay in Control Of a Disabled Child’s Affairs When He or She Becomes an Adult

By Santa Barbara Special Needs Attorney Julianna Malis When a child with special needs turns 18, he or she becomes an adult in the eyes of the law. However, if the child’s disability prevents him or her from making adult decisions and being able to manage his or her affairs, the parents will need to…

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July is Sandwich Generation Month!

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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