Claiming An Inheritance From Someone Who Lived In California, And Without Going Through Probate

After losing a loved one, the last thing you want to worry about is a long probate process. After all, probate takes a lot of time and can be very expensive. In some cases, however, you can avoid probate by using a California Small Estate Affidavit. This document is also known as an Affidavit for Read more about Claiming An Inheritance From Someone Who Lived In California, And Without Going Through Probate[…]

Do you think you are the beneficiary of a will or a trust in the State of California?

Losing a loved one is difficult. In addition to going through the grieving process, you must worry about the proper distribution of the loved one’s estate. It is not always clear, however, who is to receive a part of that distribution. If upon the death of a loved one you believe you are a beneficiary Read more about Do you think you are the beneficiary of a will or a trust in the State of California?[…]

The Unauthorized Practice of Law In California, and The Jobs Reserved For Lawyers

Everyone concedes that only licensed lawyers can practice law, but that statement begs an important question:  what does it mean to “practice law”?  The question is not an academic one, as the California legal marketplace fills with non-lawyers providing services that only lawyers used to provide.  “Legal document assistants,” for example, now help people fill Read more about The Unauthorized Practice of Law In California, and The Jobs Reserved For Lawyers[…]

The Unauthorized Practice of Law in California: What Non-Lawyers Can Lawfully Do For Others.

An earlier post established that only active members of the California State Bar have a general right to “practice law” in that state, and that the “practice of law” included many activities far removed from the courtroom.  Among other things, the “practice of law” includes the drafting of wills and contracts, the conducting of legal Read more about The Unauthorized Practice of Law in California: What Non-Lawyers Can Lawfully Do For Others.[…]

Our Work and the Element of Surprise

It happens in a majority of our cases. Right after a favorable settlement or ruling, we receive a call or an E-mail from an excited lead counsel. At some point after the blow-by-blow description of what happened and the expression of thanks for our help, counsel blurts out “They didn’t see it coming.” In response, Read more about Our Work and the Element of Surprise[…]