San Diego Estate Planning Attorney

Education Funding Flexibility in Light of COVID-19

Gabriel Katzner - September 28, 2020 - Estate Planning

When it comes to returning to school in the fall, the details may still be unknown. Will students be attending classes in person, will classes continue to be online, or some combination? Will college students be allowed on campus, or will they be bunking with mom and dad for the fall semester? One thing is […]

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San Diego Estate Planning Attorney

Vacation Plans? Precautions and Preparations to Consider

Gabriel Katzner - September 21, 2020 - Estate Planning

After months of confinement, many of us are stir-crazy and eager to travel. Although more states are opening up, there are several factors to consider as you plan your travels. Heed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. The CDC has issued recommendations for those traveling outside of their local communities within the […]

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San Diego Estate Planning Attorney

Estate Planning for Franchise and Multilevel Marketing Business Owners

Gabriel Katzner - September 14, 2020 - Estate Planning

Franchise and multilevel marketing (MLM) businesses offer people the chance to start a small business with a well-known, established brand. But the owners of these businesses face unique estate planning challenges because their rights and obligations are spelled out in contractual agreements. What Is a Franchise? When you purchase a franchise, you are purchasing a […]

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San Diego Estate Planning Attorney

I’ve Been Named as a Guardian. What Do I Do Now?

Gabriel Katzner - September 7, 2020 - Guardianship

A guardian is someone who cares for a person who needs special protection, often a minor child. Parents can nominate a guardian in their will, but a court usually confirms and appoints the guardian after both parents have passed away. If the parents are still alive but are very ill or unable to care for […]

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San Diego Estate Planning Attorney

Welcome to the Sandwich Generation: Caring for Both Children and Parents

Gabriel Katzner - September 1, 2020 - Estate Planning

July is National Sandwich Generation Month, a time to honor those who are caring for both their children and their aging parents. At the moment, many parents are not only parenting their children but also homeschooling them, and older children who have lost their jobs or could not return to college after spring break may […]

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San Diego Estate Planning Attorney

Legal Requirements to Consider When Selecting an Executor

Gabriel Katzner - August 24, 2020 - Estate Planning

The person you choose to be the executor of your estate (also called a personal representative) will be responsible for gathering, managing, and ultimately distributing everything you own after you pass away. You’ll need to make your selection very carefully; Don’t just choose your oldest child by default. If a friend or advisor is better […]

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San Diego Probate Attorney

Nosy Neighbors Can Find Out About Your Probate

Gabriel Katzner - August 17, 2020 - Probate

Most people think of probate as a private process, but because wills are filed at the courthouse, probated estates become a matter of public record. That means your nosy neighbor can simply go online (or down to the courthouse) and find out about your probate. It’s easier than you might imagine.      It’s Not Just […]

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San Diego Asset Protection Lawyer

How to Help Your Loved Ones (and Assets) Avoid Probate

Gabriel Katzner - August 10, 2020 - Asset Protection

Instead of a will or joint ownership, many people today are replacing those common estate planning tools with a revocable living trust. A revocable living trust avoids the public, costly and time-consuming court processes of conservatorship or guardianship (which may be necessary if you become incapacitated) as well as probate (the court process that takes […]

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San Diego Probate Attorney And Trust Administration

HELP! This Probate Is Taking Forever!

Gabriel Katzner - August 3, 2020 - Estate Planning

After a person dies, their money and property must be distributed to the right people, either according to their will or the state’s default distribution method. Most people want the settlement process to be completed quickly, but this process, called probate, can take between 18 and 24 months. This delay can create unnecessary stress.  5 […]

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San Diego Estate Planning Attorney

How to Handle Savings Bonds During Estate Planning and after Death

Gabriel Katzner - July 27, 2020 - Estate Planning

A savings bond is a “debt security” issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to help pay for the U.S. government’s borrowing needs. When you buy a savings bond, you loan the U.S. government money which the government repays with interest after a fixed period of time. There are currently two types of savings […]

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