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Inheritance

Undue influence is when a bad person exercises their power over and elderly person and gets the elderly person to give them extra assets, or to cut the other beneficiaries out. The problem that undue influence is generally difficult to prove directly. Generally, a person will not admit they coerced…

If you are an occupant of a property owned by a trust, here is what you should know. The trustee is the legal owner of the trust property and may have the right to evict you, even if you are beneficiary. The first thing you should do is ask the…

Are you entitled to an inheritance under a trust, but the person in charge is mistreating you? Here are some of the ways trustees mistreat beneficiaries: Refusing to provide information Unreasonably withholding distributions Ignoring communication with the beneficiaries Exercising favoritism Misappropriating trust assets Failing to comply with trust terms Self-dealing…

You Think you are Entitled to an Inheritance Under a Trust, but the Person in Charge Wont Hand it Over. Receiving an inheritance should be easy… right? If you have a good trustee, yes. If you have a bad trustee, obtaining your inheritance may involve some work. The first step…

Marital rights involving gifts of trust assets or gifts of marital assets can get a bit tricky. California is a community property state. By definition, anything you acquire during your marriage – meaning if you and your spouse buy a house— the presumption is that that house is community property….

What does it take to qualify as a beneficiary? If you have been named as a beneficiary in a trust or will in California, and you’re supposed to receive a gift out of that trust or will, it really doesn’t take much to qualify to be a beneficiary. Once you…

Generally speaking, there are two different ways that assets can pass down to your kids and grandkids. It depends on the distribution formula selected—whether the assets are going to pass Per Stirpes or Per Capita. These are very old-fashioned terms, but we still use these concepts, even today. Per Stirpes…