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KC has over a decade of experience in Wills, Trusts and Estates in Southern California. KC works closely with all of her clients to implement, fund, and maintain a comprehensive plan for both estate planning and asset protection. You may not know, but even if you have not written your own estate plan, someone else has. The California Probate Code sets out the default for who gets what and when. I work with you to put YOUR wishes into words and create a customized estate plan to manage and distribute your property the way YOU want. The plans I create not only give you peace of mind, but are designed to help your loved ones carry out the plan with ease. When faced with the loss of a loved one (either through death or a debilitating condition) no one wants to try to navigate through the courts, deal with creditors or banks, or answer to potentially dissatisfied heirs. That is where I come in. I have the expertise and knowledge to assist and guide you through administrating an estate (whether it be a small estate, a probate or a trust) efficiently and expediently to allow you to focus on what's important: YOU.

Recent Posts

March 1

Gardening in the Backyard

Nothing better than a weekend spent in the backyard with the Kids and the Dog. Planted broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, corn, peppers, and strawberries

December 20

If you Will it...

It amazes me when my children come home from school that they are singing the same enchanting rhymes that my classmates and I sung decades ago. These are likely the same that my parents sung when they were in school too. The fact is, over time, some things remain a constant and will be passed on between groups with little change. The same is true with the dissemination of legal knowledge. One person talks to another and that person talks to someone else and conceptions and principals are passed on. I have come across a very common misconception both with my clients and with my students when it comes to how a Will works.

August 13

Missing Identification

I have been a notary public since 2005 yet it was only in this past month that I ran into an issue of the client not having appropriate identification; and it happened twice in the same week. This opened my eyes to an issue, which I believe will only get worse in the coming years. Older clients, more specifically the clients who no longer drive themselves, are letting their driver's license expire and are not obtaining an alternate form of identification.

Spotlight

Digital Assests

Delaware leads way. Will California Follow?

Digital assets and digital accounts present many potential problems and issues upon the death of the owner. Delaware has taken a major step forward to address some of those issues-under a newly enacted Delaware law, they are now treated the same as any other physical asset.

The Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act was signed into law by the Governor of Delaware this morning. This is the first law that gives access to a person's "digital estate" following death or incapacity. Among the assets included under the act are: email, cloud storage, social media, health records, licenses and databases.

On a go-forward basis, if a person dies and is a resident of Delaware at the time of death, companies are obligated to provide the username, login and password information to the estate representative. The company would be able to withhold this information only if they were directed that the account not be accessible in the event of death or incapacity.