Author Archives: TCK

What You Need to Know About Medi-Cal

Medical care and long-term nursing care can get very expensive and it’s important to plan in advance for these costs of care. As you age, paying for these expenses could become extremely difficult as well. Older clients may have a special interest in Medi-Cal planning, as it is never too early to plan and protect your estate. What is Medi-Cal and how will it accomplish these goals? Medi-Cal is a California and federal program that helps cover the cost of health care for qualifying low-income individuals and families. These people include: Seniors age 65 or older Disabled people Children Pregnant…

3 Ways You Can Avoid Probate in California

If you’re planning out your estate, you may have likely heard the term “probate”. You’ve probably also heard that probate is something you want to avoid. There are a couple of reasons why you’d want to avoid probate. The probate process can be expensive, as there are fees that will have to be paid. In addition, your estate may be used to pay for these costs, which could mean your surviving family will get a smaller amount from your estate than initially expected. Probate also places control in the hands of a judge. The judge will decide how assets are…

What Are Advance Healthcare Directives and How Can They Help the Estate Planning Process?

An advance healthcare directive is a legal document that details what kind of medical care you desire should you become incapacitated or unable to care for yourself. While no one can predict the future, it is best that you prepare for events such as you: Falling into a coma Becoming seriously injured Being terminally ill Developing severe dementia The kind of treatment you would want will be listed in your advance healthcare directive. The advance directive could give orders regarding treatment for terminal illness or comas including orders to end life support. The advance directive could also give orders to…

What Are Some Benefits of Estate Planning?

Most people avoid thinking about how their family will survive without them when they eventually pass away. It will be very difficult to set up your estate plan in your last days, so make sure that you meet with an estate planning lawyer and get your arrangements planned out in advance. In addition, by preparing your estate for that fateful day, you’ll save your surviving family time and money dealing with any estate complications. Everyone can benefit from an estate plan, whether you file a will or trust. When you meet with an estate planning lawyer and begin to build…

What Are Durable Powers of Attorney?

When someone suffers a severe accident that results in a person being unable to make any medical or financial decisions regarding their care, family members may find themselves making tough decisions for their loved ones well-being. In these situations, having a person with power of attorney could help in managing the person’s medical and financial needs by a trusted party. A person with power of attorney could help families during extremely challenging times. However, what does it really mean to have a power of attorney and what powers does that person have? A power of attorney is a document that…

How a Mediation Lawyer Could Help You

Mediation is one of the many types of alternative dispute resolution. Mediation is done in confidentiality and carried out voluntarily by the disputing parties. The rules of mediation are easy to understand, and disputing parties can complete the process without additional assistance. Rather than have a resolution imposed by the court, mediation allows disputing parties to talk openly about their issues and reach an agreement together. However, if you are not confident that the opposing party will act appropriately during the mediation process, hire a mediation lawyer. A mediation lawyer can be hired and asked to be present at any…

Should You Sign a Prenup?

Before tying the knot, you have the option of signing a prenuptial agreement. Also known as a prenup, these agreements can help protect each spouse’s financial interests. Maybe you have children from a previous marriage and are interested in protecting their inheritance rights. Or you’ve decided to start a business and wish to protect your ownership of that business and not have it divided by divorce. These and many other reasons are why you want to consider the pros and cons of a prenup before agreeing to sign one. Pros of Signing a Prenup Prenuptial agreements can protect each spouse’s…

Weighing Your Options: Conservatorship

A conservator, also known as an adult guardian in most states, is a person who has court-ordered authority to manage the affairs of those who no longer have the ability to make their own medical or financial decisions. If the incapacitated person did not set up a plan of durable powers of attorney for finances and healthcare, family members can ask the court to appoint a guardian. Conservatorship can be a life-changing decision and you may want to consider the good and the bad that comes with the incredible responsibility. Being an adult guardian can be time consuming and very…

Who Can Contest a Will?

After a loved one dies, the essential grieving process can be soured by the late relative’s estate and how it will be divided among family. Cousin Albert can’t contest your late father’s will as easily as you might think, however. Depending on how the will was drafted and who was named in the will, only certain people will be allowed to contest wills. If you’re not sure whether you can contest a will, check out the list below and see which descriptions best fit your personal circumstances. Beneficiaries Beneficiaries are those who are named in the will and can include:…

Do Healthy People Need Living Wills?

A living will is not just for people who are in poor health. Healthy people also need living wills. The Washington Post recently featured an article on why it is crucial that both people in poor health and healthy people alike need to have a living will. If I’m Healthy, Why Do I Need a Living Will? A living will enables you to lay out what type of medical treatment you want to receive in case something happens to you and you are unable to make decisions for yourself at that time. For instance, if you want a ventilator or…