Issues You May Come Across When Attempting to Make Your Own Living Trust

Revocable living trusts provide families the opportunity to streamline the transfer of property following the death of a loved one without having to deal with probate court. When a revocable living trust is done properly, the transfer will be handled privately, and will prevent sensitive details about one’s estate from becoming public knowledge. Ultimately, the benefits of a revocable living trust are far reaching, but attempting to prepare it without professional assistance can lead to a disaster.

Access to guides about revocable living trusts are everywhere today – from instructional books, to software and online support systems. It is very easy […]

What is a Capacity Declaration in a California Probate Case?

There are multiple documents when petitioning the court for a conservatorship of the person.  One of these is a judicial council form known as the Capacity Declaration (GC-335).
Capacity Declaration – What is it?
A capacity declaration is a form specifically used in conservatorships cases. The form was created by the California judicial council (the policymaking body of the California courts) to be used in all 58 California County probate courts. It is a mandatory form, so it must be completed and filed in each and every conservatorship case in California. It is required to be in the file prior to the […]

How Fast is a Divorce in Riverside County, California?

When people have decided that they are ready to terminate a marriage, in many cases, they will want to process their divorce as quickly as possible. This could be to reduce the amount of time they are dealing with highly emotional issues as well as the unfamiliar court process. While the family law courts in Riverside County all process divorce cases according to the same procedures and timelines, there are in fact ways to keep the process moving to complete a divorce as fast as procedurally possible.

It should be first noted that in California, and no different in Riverside County, […]

Types of Name Changes in California

From early on in our life, we begin to understand that we have a name, but most of us don’t give much more thought to our name throughout the course of our life. There are however, names frequently being legally changed in the courts in California, and so much so, that procedures are in place for all types of name changes. While there are name change processes that may be more common than others, here we have compiled and list of the most common, and a description for each. After an order for a name change (Decree for Change of […]

In California, Child Support Payments Don’t Always Automatically Stop When the Child Turns 18

Child Support in California

In California, child support becomes an issue when parents of a minor child become divorced, legally separated or an action to establish a financial obligation is made between unmarried parents. Under California law, both parents are responsible for the financial stability of their minor children. The judgment will state when the child support obligation will end. The typical termination date is as follows:

The child has reached the age of majority – when the child has turned 18 and has graduated from high school, support can continue past 18 if they are still in school,
The minor […]