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The many probate challenges of high value estates

Probate serves one primary purpose: to clearly define ownership of assets after a death. Within this purpose, the ideal is to provide an efficient and undisputed transfer of ownership. It is never as simple as handling a title or deed from one party to another. In truth, complex property requires complex transfers and a thorough review of pertinent laws. The legacy of James Brown is a clear example. Brown passed […]

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Common lawsuits that might threaten your business assets

Let’s face it, lawsuits have become incredibly common. New lawsuits pop up every day. Some are justified, and some are frivolous. But even the most frivolous lawsuit can cause businesses major time, effort and money–not to mention being a major headache. Even the savviest businesspeople face losing their assets to a lawsuit. In our increasingly litigious society, a lawsuit for the smallest issue could be just around the corner. These are some […]

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Could my husband walk away with half of my inheritance?

You and your husband tried to make your marriage work for as long as you could. But after several painful years, you are ready to divorce. There are several questions running through your mind about your children, your home and your finances. One of the most important financial questions that you will have to consider is what will happen to your inheritance. Many women in Silicon Valley who have received […]

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To avoid business probate problems, minimize unknowns

What is the most vulnerable time for a new and growing business? The answer varies depending on whom you ask. One school of thought, however, brackets the six months before and after the death of the business owner as the riskiest period. Considering that a business is often an owner’s most significant asset, continued smooth operation during this high-risk time deserves prioritizing – especially as the probate process is undertaken. […]

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