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Under California Probate Code section 21700 a Decedent can make an enforceable oral contract to make a California Will or California Trust. Here’s how this situation usually arises. There is an older family member—we’ll call him Tom—who needs some additional care for the last few years of his life. Tom…

AbbVie, Inc.’s efforts to keep a California Wrongful Death case–Calvillo v. AbbVie, Inc.–from being heard by a California jury took another hit earlier today when the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) vacated its conditional transfer order that would have sent the case from California to a federal…

Most Bay Area Trustees do not understand the duties they owe Trust beneficiaries. In many cases these Trustees take adversarial positions towards the Trust beneficiaries, which is not allowed under California law. What are the duties that Trustees owe beneficiaries under California law? Glad you asked. In the video below…