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Two new documentaries came out recently, chronicling the much-publicized saga of pop princess Britney Spears.  One is by The New York Times, called Controlling Britney Spears. The other is from Netflix, called Britney v. Spears.  Britney Spears documentaries have similar focuses Each documentary briefly touches on her early fame and success and dives deep into […]

I was surfing the Hulu app a few weeks ago looking for the next binge watch options. I stumbled across a very interesting, and disturbing, documentary series: “Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult.” The four-part series explores NXIVM, the infamous company that was part multi-level marketing, part make your life better with thousand-dollar self-help courses, and […]

There’s developing news in the saga of everyone’s favorite female pop star, Britney Spears. Britney and her boyfriend of four years Sam Asghari are officially engaged.  Latest development in Britney’s push for change According to people.com, a source stated that Britney is “ecstatic” about the proposal. The newsmagazine’s website featured pictures of the happy couple […]

Recently, a growing number of my estate planning clients have told me they are worried about challenges to their estate planning documents. Is there reason to expect a challenge? Admittedly, I’d expect this type of concern from a 75-year-old male client leaving the majority of his estate to his 30-year-old girlfriend that he met at […]

There was an important announcement in the Britney Spears saga this month. As an elder law attorney with guardianship as one of my primary practice areas, the story of her ongoing conservatorship/guardianship has been fascinating.  Ever since my unofficial declaration of allegiance to the #FreeBritney movement, I’ve had my eye on the ongoings of her […]

There’s been an update in the Britney Spears saga. It seems the nation is once again becoming captivated by the legendary pop diva’s personal life and her ongoing legal quandary. Britney has been in the public eye for months I previously discussed her guardianship (called conservatorship in California) and some of the circumstances surrounding her […]

If you have minor children, your estate plan should include advanced directives for minors. The forms typically include Designation of Health Care Surrogate for Minor, Power of Attorney for Care of Children, and Declaration of Pre-need Guardian for Minor.  You might need these forms if you and your spouse (or significant other) will be away […]

Someone just passed away, and you’re personal representative of the estate. What should you do? Prior to the initiation of any probate administration (pre-administration), there are several important issues a personal representative should address.   Gather information about the decendent The relevant information you’ll want to collect is pretty standard. You’ll need the decedent’s name, address, […]

A typical estate plan consists of a will (in some cases a trust and pour-over will) and documents known as advanced directives. While a will deals with how your property is to be distributed after you pass away, advance directives allow you to choose who will manage your property, make health care decisions on your […]

All about trust(s)

What is a trust, and why do you need one? Perhaps we should start with a little background. A (trendy) way to avoid probate administration In 1965, Norman F. Dacey published a now-famous book titled How to Avoid Probate! In his book, Dacey outlines how to set up trusts to avoid the delays and expense […]