Category Archives: Estate Planning

California Recognizes Evidence Extrinsic to Wills

By John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group For many years, California courts have prevented heirs from contesting a will based on extrinsic evidence such as letters, handwritten notes and other unofficial…

Estate Planning Tips For Lawyers and Their Clients

John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group The Rules of Arbitration are Not Arbitrary Some people choose to settle legal disputes using arbitration since it is much less expensive and more private…

Who Do You Trust with Your End of Life Care?

John O‘Grady, O’Grady Law Group Many people think that a trust is about what’s going to happen after they die: who is going to inherit what. But that’s secondary to…

Estate Planning Tips for You and Your Clients

John O‘Grady, O’Grady Law Group Expanding Protections Against Financial Elder Abuse There are plenty of financial predators out there trying to take advantage of vulnerable people – and many of…

Does the Death of Robin Williams Signal the Death of His Celebrity Rights?

Mark A. Pearson, ARC Law Group, San Francisco Williams’ kids and wife continue the fight in San Francisco Superior Court In life, the late Robin Williams was incredibly protective over…

Estate Planning Tip: Don’t Make Bill Graham’s Mistake

John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group In 1991, legendary rock concert promoter Bill Graham perished in a Northern California helicopter crash at the age of 60. Graham’s will named his longtime…

Estate Planning: Three Lessons From Dead Celebrities

By John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group In 2011, pop diva Amy Winehouse joined the list of musicians who died at 27, which includes rock icons Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison….

Bobbi Kristina Brown: How Her Tragedy Would Play Out In California

Mercy Hall and Adam Lazar, Myers Urbatsch Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has been in a medically-induced coma since January 31, 2015,…

If You Are A Spendthrift (Trust), Go To Hawaii

Reno F.R. Fernandez III A valid spendthrift trust is entitled to certain protections in bankruptcy, especially in Hawaii. In In re Zukerkorn, 500 B.R. 598 (9th Cir. BAP 2013), the…

Protect Your Estate by Properly Funding Sub-Trusts

By John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group In the complex world of estate law, even a seemingly small oversight can cost your beneficiaries big money. As the successor trustee of his…