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Estate Tax Law Changes: 2011, 2012 and Beyond

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act (“TRUIRJCA” or “TRA 2010″ for short) was signed into law on December 17, 2010. It was a compromise bill and, as such, it suffers from two major defects: it leaves … Continue reading

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Essentials of Trust Funding

By itself, having a living trust document drafted and notarized will not effectuate the beneficial intentions of your estate plan. The problem is that a living trust will only accomplish your goals if you properly “fund” it. You have to … Continue reading

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But, What Will Happen to Fluffy When I Die?

For many Americans, pets are more like a family member than a piece of property. Yet, more than 500,000 pets are euthanized in the U.S. each year because owners die or become incapacitated. The law treats pets as mere property, … Continue reading

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Common Types of Real Estate Litigation

Fraud / Non-Disclosure of Defects After a sale is complete, there are often disputes regarding sellers’ alleged failure to disclose to the buyer material defects regarding the property, including structural problems or additions made without proper permits. Quiet Title When … Continue reading

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Key Provisions of California Residential Landlord-Tenant Law

A. Tenancies and Rental Agreements A residential tenancy is created by a rental agreement, which may be either oral or in writing, express or implied, for a fixed term or on a periodic basis (i.e., month to month). If for … Continue reading

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