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The Basics of Estate Planning for Small Business Owners

Posted by Mark Ruiz | Jan 16, 2024 | 1 Comment

When planning their Estates, small business owners and self-employed individuals often overlook the fact that their business is in fact an asset. Indeed, estate planning is often associated with personal assets and real property, but for small business owners, it's equally crucial to extend the p...

The Many Benefits of Mediation Over Litigation

Posted by Mark Ruiz | Jan 11, 2024 | 0 Comments

In a world where disputes are inevitable, the traditional approach to resolving conflicts often involves heading to court, engaging in lengthy legal battles that can be emotionally and financially draining. However, a more efficient and cost-effective alternative exists in the form of mediation. ...

Estate Planning for Pet Owners in California

Posted by Mark Ruiz | Jan 02, 2024 | 1 Comment

As an Estate Planning attorney, I frequently have clients request that their pets be provided for in their Trust. As a proud owner of a Golden Doodle, I can relate to how pets truly are a part of the family.  Sometimes, people who are non pet owners can't quite relate but for animal lovers, I am ...

The Estate Planning Process Start to Finish

Posted by Mark Ruiz | Jan 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

I often have clients who are refferred to me for the purposes of Estate Planning and are curious about how the process works.  Many clients call my office about a Will or a Trust. Generally, the process involves an initial phone interview where I ask high level questions such as if the client is ...

Taxation of Estates and Inheritances: The Basics

Posted by Mark Ruiz | Sep 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

When people come to my office to create a Will or Living Trust they often ask me if when they pass away whether or not their Beneficiaries will have to pay any taxes on their inheritance.  I also get this question frequently from Beneficiaries.  The answer to this question generally depends on th...

Spousal Property Petitions: an Endrun around Probate

Posted by Mark Ruiz | Sep 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Over the years, I have received inquiries from people who have had a spouse pass away and needed property which was the separate property to be transferred to them.  For instance, imagine the deceased spouse inherited property and the property was titled only in the name of the deceased spouse.  ...

Often Overlooked Risks of Bringing a Wage Claim Dispute

Posted by Mark Ruiz | Aug 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

As an attorney who specializes in Wills and Trusts, Real Estate Law and Business Law, I have represented several small business owners over the years who have faced wage claims with the California Department of Industrial Relations. Although I tend to represent the business owners rather than the...

What Happens if You Forget to Title Assets in a Trust?

Posted by Mark Ruiz | Aug 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Often times when people come to my office to set up a Trust they ask me about what would happen if if they forget to title their house or car or bank account in their Trust.  This often happens in situations when people are in a rush to do their Trust. While most of the time I recommend that at t...

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