1 01, 2016

California Revocable Transfer on Death (TOD) Deed

By |2017-05-29T04:57:24+00:00January 1st, 2016|Law|0 Comments

Starting in 2016, California Law (Probate Code Section 5600, et seq.) allows an individual to transfer real property at death, without using a Revocable Living Trust and without the time and expense of a probate proceeding.  A TOD Deed is revocable and must be recorded within 60 days of signing.  The TOD Deed does not [...]

25 11, 2015

Pass the Turkey and I’ll tell you about my Estate Plan

By |2016-01-03T00:29:31+00:00November 25th, 2015|Law, Life|0 Comments

During this holiday season, you will probably be surrounded by your family and relatives. And there is a better than average chance that you will all be present together for a meal, or two. During these times, why don't you get the conversation ball rolling by throwing out information about your estate plan? While it [...]

29 05, 2010

18…the big one-eight

By |2017-05-29T04:57:25+00:00May 29th, 2010|Law, Life|0 Comments

I used to joke that when someone turned 18, the best privilege was that they were able to buy lottery tickets. Now, I realize there is much more going on. If you are 18, or if you have a family member or friend who is turning 18, check out this great resource from the California [...]

5 03, 2008

Starting a Business?

By |2008-03-05T22:52:07+00:00March 5th, 2008|Law|0 Comments

One of the greatest tools I've found for the Small Business Entrepreneur is CalGOLD.  After a few clicks, a user can figure out every permit and license that is needed to start a business in California.

26 02, 2008

Why I am not a Litigator

By |2008-02-26T10:54:47+00:00February 26th, 2008|Law, Life|0 Comments

How long does a lawsuit take?  Consider the March 1989 crash of the Exxon Valdez oil tanker, which sent 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine waters of Prince William Sound, Alaska. The outrage was immediate, and five years later, a federal jury hit Exxon with an unprecedented $5 billion in punitive damages. [...]

21 02, 2008

Intellectual Property

By |2017-05-29T04:57:25+00:00February 21st, 2008|Law|0 Comments

Lately, a few of my start up clients have encountered hang-ups related to intellectual property. Intellectual Property is the bundle of rights and privileges associated with trademarks (names and logos), copyrights (works of art, music, literature) or patents (inventions and secret formulas). Whenever a business is deciding to choose a trade name, it is imperative [...]

15 02, 2008

Wise Estate Planning

By |2008-02-15T15:04:40+00:00February 15th, 2008|Law|0 Comments

Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business. When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a wife with which to share his fortune. One evening at an investment meeting he spotted the most [...]

18 12, 2007

The Public Trust

By |2017-05-29T04:57:25+00:00December 18th, 2007|Law, Life|0 Comments

When it rains, it pours. I don't remember ever learning about, discussing, or understanding the Public Trust.  However, this week it has been referenced three times. The Public Trust is the notion that the public has a certain confidence in the powers and decisions that reside with government officials...a trust that "they" will do what [...]

25 11, 2007

‘Tis the Season

By |2007-11-25T20:18:05+00:00November 25th, 2007|Law, Life|0 Comments

While I was putting up some Christmas lights today (we're going with the "less is more" approach), I was wondering if there were any laws regulating the use or abuse of lights during the Holiday season. Apparently, in California, there are no restrictions against Christmas lights, as long as you don't live in San Diego [...]

7 11, 2007

Questions to ask your parents

By |2007-11-07T21:19:07+00:00November 7th, 2007|Law, Life, Lists|0 Comments

Have you done your estate planning...Wills, Trust, Power of Attorney for financial matters, Power of Attorney for Health Care? Where do you keep your original documents? Do you have a list of all of your bank accounts, investment accounts and retirement accounts? Have you designated who gets "specific gifts" (the things us kids will fight [...]