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5 Important Estate Planning Lessons You Should Know

According to research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, only 29.3 percent of Americans have a healthcare directive specifying their end-of-life wishes. Perhaps even more stunning, a survey from Caring.com found that less than half of adults in the U.S. have prepared estate planning documents, such as wills or living trusts. Here are five tips for estate planning that you ...
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The Importance of Having a Living Trust in California

Your Will – And Other Important Estate Planning Documents

Your will is an important document that can ensure that your property will make it into the right hands once you pass away. Without a will, your property is at risk of being divided according to California’s rules of interstate succession. While these rules will mean that your property will be passed down, it is likely that this property division ...
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Can I Sue if My Insurance Company Acts in Bad Faith?

Do you suspect your insurance company is acting in bad faith? Remember that your policy is paid-for and as such, your insurance company upholds a promise to provide you insurance protection. The company further is responsible for negotiating and settling claims in good faith. If you believe that an insurance company isn't negotiating in good faith, can you sue them ...
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Common Personal Injury Claims

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you could be compensated for injuries sustained in the accident. There are all types of accidents and injuries that could be a part of a personal injury claim and can cause people confusion. Here are a few common personal injury claims that could be filed, how liability will have to be proven, and ...
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Who Gets the Dog in a Divorce in California?

During divorce proceedings, the division of property is a common procedure most couples must go through. However, some divorcing couples can’t seem to see eye-to-eye on who gets the dog after the divorce. Dogs are often considered important members of the family and who the dog goes to may be very important to divorcing spouses. However, in the state of ...
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Common Reasons for Insurance Claim Denials

When you’re in an automobile accident, the last thing you want to deal with is a stubborn insurance company that refuses to help with your auto and medical costs. Sometimes claims can legally be denied due to valid reasons. In other cases, the insurer may not be fair in their denial of your claim. Before considering that your claim is ...
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Can I Make Sure My Assets Are Not Distributed Through the Probate Process?

The probate process involves the court distributing a person's assets upon death. It usually occurs in situations where a person does not have a will. However, just because a person has a will does not mean that their assets will definitely not be distributed through the probate process. What to Do to Prevent Your Assets From Being Distributed Through the ...
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The Importance of Having a Living Trust in California

When Is a No Contest Clause Ineffective in Probate Court?

The California Court of Appeal just handed down an opinion very strictly limiting the application of a no contest clause contained within trust to later trust amendments. Peggy was battling cancer for 5 years, during which time her friends, Tracy and David, became the exclusive suppliers of medical cannabis upon which Peggy depended for treatment.  Anticipating her demise, Peggy placed ...
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Water Company Ordered to Pay Ojai Playhouse Damages

In 2014, the historic Ojai Playhouse movie theater suffered damage after a water main break caused a flood. Now, a judge has ordered the former water purveyor of the town to pay the establishment $2.7 million worth of damages. Golden State Water Co. once managed the water system for Ojai. The company was ordered to pay brothers Khaled Al-Awar and ...
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Personal Injuries During the Summertime

Summertime is definitely a fun time for everyone. But with the added fun comes dangerous situations. Swimming, hiking and bike riding are just a few of the activities that we love to participate in during the summer, but certainly, there are many more things that we enjoy doing outside in the summertime. Unfortunately, just one incident is all it takes ...
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Cristian R. Arrieta, Lowthorp Richards McMillan Miller & Templeman, A Professional Corporation, 300 E. Esplanade Drive Suite 850, Oxnard, CA 93036