What is Probate

What is Probate?

Probate is the first step in administering the estate of a loved one who died either with a will (testate) or without a will (intestate). If your loved one left a will, the court will determine if the will is valid and appoint the person named in the will as the executor of the estate. If your loved one did not leave a will, the court will appoint an administrator of the estate and determine who are the heirs of the estate.


Summer is here – Travel with Grandchild

Summer is here!! If you are like my family, you are planning your summer vacation. We are excited this year because we get to spend time with our grandson who is 11. His parents live out of state and we normally only get to see him a few days out of the year. This year my wife was able to convince our daughter to allow our grandson to spend a month with us here in California.


Home Away From Home

Home away from Home. Is assisted living that bad?

In estate planning most people request they stay in their home as long as possible. Seniors often have lived in their homes for decades and find no reason to leave. They are comfortable in their surroundings and reluctant to move. Although the choice that many seniors made in their estate plan is to stay in their home as long as possible it might not always be the best choice for several reasons.