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 (6/29/18) Managing partner Cristian Arrieta recently wrote a feature for Pacific Coast Business Times, reflecting on our firm’s history of providing quality legal services to Central Coast residents for the past century.

woman hugging her dog Why and How to Provide for a Pet In Your Estate Plan (6/1/2020) - Oh, the burden of setting up an estate plan. With so many steps to take in the process of planning your estate, it can be easy to unintentionally leave some important things out, such as providing for the furry member of your family in your overall plan – your pet.
couple consulting Why It’s Important to Have An Estate Plan If You Are Over 18 (5/4/2020) - If you’re over the age of 18, regardless of financial status or property owned, it’s important to set the measures of an estate plan for health purposes. Estate plans not only allow for finances to be managed in the case of an accident, but they also amount to a number of other important measures that […]
COVID-19: The Ultimate Guide to Estate Planning (4/6/2020) - With the COVID-19 pandemic at large and death rates continuing to rise, the US now has more known cases than both China and Italy. During this current crisis, it’s best to remain calm and use this “stay well at home” time to do things you’ve been putting off. One such thing that may be worth […]
writing a contract Wills vs. Trusts: Which Should You Choose? (3/2/2020) - Estate planning is a necessity for anyone with finances and property intended to pass on to another person or organization. How to plan your estate, however, is a larger question best answered by this fact: if you plan on leaving anything you own to beneficiaries, you will want to decide between using will or a […]
flooded basement Red Flags When Purchasing a Home (2/3/2020) - Purchasing a home can present many issues that must be acknowledged beforehand in order to prevent future issues. While in the process of looking for a home to buy, there are a number of things to look out for financially, psychologically, and physically when viewing any potential home. Red flags can give any homebuyer insight […]
coins with a wooden toy house Different Types of Real Property Taxes and Fees (1/6/2020) - Taxes invade almost every aspect of our daily lives and property ownership is no exemption. When investing in such a large asset it is important to understand the different types of real property taxes and fees associated with the purchase. Although the process of buying a home is often handled by a real estate agent, […]
Mom getting child ready for school 5 Things to Think About: Choosing the Right Guardian for Your Child (11/4/2019) - Having children adds a new and extremely important dimension to your estate planning. You must designate a responsible guardian for your children while they are minors, in case you or your partner are no longer able to care for them. Choosing the right guardian for your child is one of the hardest and most important […]
Woman thinking while holding money. 5 Things to Do When You Get an Inheritance (10/7/2019) - Receiving an inheritance from a family member may seem like a blessing, but sometimes it can feel like a curse. In the next three to four decades, $30 trillion will transfer from baby boomers to their heirs. A lump sum of money may seem like it will last you a lifetime, but most people go […]
Older man looking at paper with woman To Catch a Thief- How to Prevent Inheritance Theft (9/4/2019) - When you create a will or estate plan you may assume that your money will go to the intended heirs. But inheritance theft can happen right in front of your heirs, and the thieves will probably get away with it if the proper measures aren’t put into place to stop them. Since the thieves are […]
Water Company Ordered to Pay Ojai Playhouse Damages (8/1/2017) - 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 […]