Category: Probate

New Beneficiary Deed for California Property

As of January 1, 2016, owners of California real estate can create a revocable Transfer on Death (TOD) Deed to give their house away at their death without probate. This deed must be recorded in the county where the real property is located within a certain period of time or else it is not effective [..]

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Health Care Under HIPAA: Changes in Your Privacy Rights

California and federal laws provide for the confidentiality of a patient’s medical information. The general rule is that a patient’s medical information may not be disclosed without the patient’s express written consent.   However, there are at least two major statutory and regulatory provisions which affect the disclosure of confidential medical information and may prevent your [..]

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Trustee Duties

A trust is any arrangement in which property (the trust estate) is transferred by someone (the settlor) for the benefit of a third person (the beneficiary). A revocable living trust is usually created by the settlor for his or her own benefit during his or her lifetime. Upon death of the settlor, the trust becomes [..]

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