PRACTICE AREAS

 

Estate Planning

An estate plan includes a number of documents such as a will, trust, power of attorney, and medical discloser letter.   

 

Estate planning can serve many functions including: 

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  • Expresses how to distribute your property after death 

  • Expresses your medical preferences

  • Expresses who you want to make medical and financial decisions (if needed)

  • Empowers people to make medical and financial decisions on your behalf

  • States who should care for your children (if you are unable)

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Will 

Trust 

Durable Power of Attorney

Advanced Health Care Directive

Guardianship Nomination

 

Administration 

Our administrative services facilitate the legal processes associated with a death.  Our goal is to make the administration process as easy as possible.  

 

Generally, after a death, a person's estate goes through a trust administration, a probate, or both. How an estate is administered depends on the estate plan, how property was titled, and the estate value. We can determine what is required in your situation and help you navigate that process.

 

Probate &

Trust Administration

PROBATE

Probate is a court supervised legal process that distributes a person’s estate according to a will or state law. The process empowers a representative to gather the estate assets, pay debts and taxes, and to distribute the estate.

 

TRUST ADMINISTRATION

Trust administration is similar to probate, except; it generally does not involve a court process. It is important that trusts are administered properly because the person that administers a trust has many legal duties and can be personally liable for their actions. 

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Name Change

California Name Changes

Identification Documents Changes

Chris help clients petition to legally change their name and update identification documents such as a passport or California birth certificate.   

 

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Gender Change

Gender Marker Change

Name and Gender Change

Identification Documents Changes

Chris help clients petition to legally change their gender marker and update their identification documents such as a passport and California birth certificate.

 

In California, a person can get a court order changing their gender marker to male, female, or nonbinary. No specific medical procedures are required.

 

Chris also offer consultation only help for people that are looking for just a little help starting or learning about the process.

 

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Stepparent
Adoption

LGBT Adoption to confirm parentage

Stepparent Adoption- non-biological parents

A stepparent adoption process can be used to get a court order that establishes a parent child relationship. 

California's Family law provisions and presumptions of parentage are complicated. It is important to get legal advise regarding your specific situation.

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Guardianship
 

In California a guardianship case is filed when a non-parent adult is seeking a court order for custody of a person under 18 years old.  

This website is not intended nor should it be used as a substitute for specific legal advice, since legal advice may be given only in response to inquiries regarding particular situations.