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Revisiting Your Will After a Life Event

2020-05-07T17:43:01+00:00

Revisiting Your Will After a Life Event Whether it’s retirement, the birth of a grandchild, or the death of a loved one, any major life event should have you look at your will with fresh eyes. Oftentimes, people prepare their will, put it away, and never revisit the document. But life changes, and with each of these changes, you should revisit your will and testament.  Retirement and new priorities When you retire, you often gain perspective on your career and your future. It is not uncommon for people to enter retirement totally out-of-touch with their priorities when they were at [...]

Revisiting Your Will After a Life Event2020-05-07T17:43:01+00:00

Premarital & Marital Agreements as Estate Planning Tools

2020-05-05T22:55:00+00:00

Premarital & Marital Agreements as Estate Planning Tools In California, married couples must always be mindful of the state’s community property system when drafting an estate plan. Whether property is classified as separate property or community property affects what happens to that property when one spouse dies. Failing to account for the distinction between separate and community property can result in costly unexpected consequences. But spouses in California aren’t powerless when it comes to defining separate and community property. In fact, the community property rules in California are more like default rules than immutable dictates from the state. By using [...]

Premarital & Marital Agreements as Estate Planning Tools2020-05-05T22:55:00+00:00

Estate Planning Updates When Getting Married Again

2020-05-07T00:39:55+00:00

Estate Planning Updates When Getting Married Again Hi there, my name is Bridget Mackay. I'm an attorney, I work in Petaluma, California, and I do estate planning, trust, wills, probates, trust administrations. Today, I want to talk about remarriage. I've had a couple of friends recently who had young, early marriages and I've seen them both, and they've both since remarried, so they're entering into second marriages. Neither of them had children from the first marriages because that would be something that you would look at if you were remarrying someone who had children and you had children yourself, [...]

Estate Planning Updates When Getting Married Again2020-05-07T00:39:55+00:00

What Happens to You Estate Plan After a Divorce?

2020-05-07T00:41:31+00:00

What Happens to You Estate Plan After a Divorce? Hi there. My name is Bridget Mackay. I'm an estate attorney in Petaluma, California, serving Sonoma and Marin Counties. I practice in estate planning, trust administration, and elder law. Today I want to discuss what happens to your estate plan after divorce, or what can you do to protect yourself if you're going through a divorce and what you should do after. The sad fact today is that nearly 50% of all marriages end in divorce and only 5% of couples will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary together. If you [...]

What Happens to You Estate Plan After a Divorce?2020-05-07T00:41:31+00:00