What is mediation and when is it beneficial?

What is mediation and when is it beneficial?

In California as in many States, mediation is a useful tool for trying to resolve a variety of legal issues between two or more parties. As a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution, mediation is appropriate for any situation when it is desired to avoid litigation and...
What is a revocable living trust?

What is a revocable living trust?

In California, a revocable living trust is an extremely popular estate planning document that provides its creator(s), the Settlor(s), with beneficial real and personal property management functions during the Settlor(s) lifetime(s) and then, upon the death of the...
What is a No Contest Clause in a Will or Trust?

What is a No Contest Clause in a Will or Trust?

Wills and Trusts are estate planning documents created by an individual for various reasons which usually include distribution of that person’s assets to specific people, called heirs or beneficiaries, upon the death of the person creating the will or trust. The...
What is the Statute of Frauds?

What is the Statute of Frauds?

Under California law, for the most part, oral contracts are valid and enforceable.  However, California (as well as most States) require by statute that particular types of contracts, in order to be valid and enforceable, need to be in writing (versus oral contracts)...