A well thought out estate plan can accomplish a variety of inter-connected goals. Along with ensuring that your estate assets are distributed according to your wishes after you are gone, your estate plan can also do things such as plan for the possibility of incapacity, provide for minor children in your absence, and protect assets from all kinds of potential threats. Given the unique nature of estate planning, no two estate plans will be exactly the same. Nevertheless, there are some common … [Read more...] about 5 Documents that Should Be in Every Estate Plan
For most people, one of the primary reasons to create an estate plan is to ensure that their estate is distributed according to their wishes after they are gone. Another reason is to reduce the likelihood of confusion and conflict after they are gone. If you have adult children, you undoubtedly want to do all you can to prevent disputes between them after you are gone. While there is no way to accomplish that goal with 100 percent certainty, the following tips will help prevent estate disputes … [Read more...] about Tips for Preventing Estate Disputes between Siblings
What are 529 plans? Can they be held in trusts? Read on to learn more about these plans and why to consider them. What Are 529 Plans and What Are Their Advantages? … [Read more...] about What Are 529 Plans and What Are Their Advantages?
Although elder abuse is not a new problem in the United States, as the sheer number of seniors continues to increase at historic rates, more and more people are becoming aware of the problem. An increasing number of lawyers known as elder law attorneys have begun to specialize in this area of the law. Dennis M. Sandoval is one of the most respected elder law attorneys in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. He has served as President of the Southern California Chapter of the National Academy … [Read more...] about Entertainment Mogul Sumner Redstone Settles Lawsuits Involving Allegations of Elder Abuse
As we age, the natural aging process typically causes physical and/or mental deterioration that can make it more difficult to remain independent. At some point, it may become unsafe to remain alone in your home without assistance. The type and level of assistance a senior may need, however, can vary greatly. Some seniors only need help around the house a few times a week while others require around the clock medical care and monitoring. For seniors who need more extensive care, the options are … [Read more...] about Will Medicare and Medi-Cal Pay for Assisted Living and Nursing Home Care?
Riverside elder law attorney Dennis Sandoval was quoted in a recent USA Today article entitled Families' Best Defense for Dementia is Early Planning. In the article attorney Sandoval describes his law firm's involvement as the court appointed attorney in a contested conservatorship proceeding for famous rhythm and blues singer Etta James. … [Read more...] about Riverside Elder Law Attorney Quoted in USA Today Dementia Article
If you find yourself responsible for administering the estate of a recently deceased loved one, you are also facing the prospect of spending months, even years, entrenched in the probate process. The good news is that not all estates are required to go through formal probate. Moreover, some assets bypass the probate process altogether. Given the repercussions that can follow making a mistake, you should always consult with an experienced probate attorney before reaching the conclusion that an … [Read more...] about When Is Probate Not Necessary in California?
The time period following the death of a loved one is often a confusing time for the surviving family members and loved ones. Sometimes the grieving period is overshadowed by the legalities that must be addressed. For example, if you have reason to question the validity of the decedent’s Last Will and Testament, you will need to act on those concerns in a timely manner of forever waive the right to do so. The time period within which you can contest a Will in California is directly tied to when … [Read more...] about How Long after a Will Is Probated Can It Be Contested?
Many seniors enter their retirement years knowing very little about Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program) because they were covered by employer-sponsored or privately funded health insurance throughout their working years. That lack of knowledge can be problematic – and costly – if you are one of the thousands of seniors who need to qualify for Long Term Care Medi-Cal. In fact, you may find yourself subject to a lengthy waiting period during which Long Term Medi-Cal doesn’t cover the cost for … [Read more...] about Understanding the Medi-Cal “Waiting” Period for Nursing Home Care
As your parents age, a role reversal may occur that causes you to become your parents' protector. In that role, you may find yourself worried about the possibility that your parent could become a victim of elder abuse. Sadly, elder abuse takes many forms and occurs far more often than most people realize. In an effort to help you keep your parents safe, the Riverside elder law attorneys at Dennis M. Sandoval, A Professional Law Corporation describe some of the common signs that may indicate a … [Read more...] about Top Signs Your Parent May Be the Victim of Elder Financial Abuse