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Before You Head Out On The Road This Summer
  • Published: May 7, 2021

Summer and travel time are fast approaching. That means many people will be on the road traveling to their favorite vacation spot. But how many of them will even think about checking their estate plan to make sure everything is up to date and correct? Perhaps you don’t have an estate plan. Now is the perfect time to get in touch with the estate planning Anaheim CA Katje Law Group. Ensure Your Estate Plan Is Updated By Checking The Following: Beneficiary designations — make sure you have completed and submitted these forms to the various holders of your retirement accounts and insurance companies. Did you, in error, designate a minor child as a beneficiary? The Anaheim CA estate planning Katje Law Group can help you complete this designation correctly. Financial/Medical Designations – Have you drawn up an advanced medical directive, durable power of attorney, and HIPAA release in the event of your incapacitation? Where are they? Before…Read More

Handwritten Wills
  • Published: April 23, 2021

There are general requirements for handwritten wills. As the laws vary from state to state, your handwritten will must be valid in your state. If you live in the southern California area, contact the Anaheim wills and trust attorney Katje Law Group to get the information you need about requirements in your state. The Anaheim estate planning law firm, Katje Law Group, will explain the four requirements for a handwritten holographic will to be valid in California. They are: It needs to be evident the testator, the person who has made the will, wanted the document to serve as their will The testator had to have testamentary capacity when the document was drafted The handwriting must be that of the testators The signature on the document must be the testator There can be complications with handwritten wills. Sometimes it is difficult for a probate judge to verify a handwritten will because of difficulty ensuring it is the…Read More

How To Navigate An Estate Plan After A Loss In The Family
  • Published: April 9, 2021

Have you wondered what you would do if a loved one in your family passed away? If they have left a trust, will or an estate plan, do you know what the next move would be? If you are at a loss and happen to live in Anaheim CA, Orange County, or the southern California area, contact the Katje Law Group, experts in estate planning Anaheim CA, for the help you need. The time period after the death of a loved one is critical from a legal perspective. The experts in estate planning Anaheim, Katje Law Group, is a smaller law firm and can provide services to their clients at a fraction of the cost of a larger law firm. A lower cost doesn’t mean you sacrifice quality in service. Katje Law Group has a friendly staff and expert attorneys with big law firm expertise and experience, making a big difference in navigating an estate plan for…Read More

Understanding Tenant Protections During Covid-19
  • Published: March 26, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many difficulties for tenants in the United States who are trying to keep up with the rent. They can find some relief in the fact that the government is providing them with protection from eviction. For example, the CDC, or Center for Disease Control and Prevention, issued a nationwide order to stop many evictions until July 31, 2021. The CARES Act provides even more protection against eviction, and there are laws in the state of California that protect both tenants and landlords as well. Certain counties, such as Los Angeles County, offers even great protections, and even protects commercial tenants from eviction. Federal eviction protection makes it so that those who are able to pay rent must still do so by their regular due dates. Those who meet eligibility requirements and fill out a CDC declaration that states this will be protected from eviction through the specified date. The CARES…Read More

Your Guide To The Temporary Eviction Moratorium In L.A. County
  • Published: March 19, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the country. Millions of people have fallen gravely ill, hundreds of thousands have died, and many people have lost their jobs and livelihoods. The public health crisis has created an economic crisis that has not been seen in America for decades. If you have lost your job owing to the pandemic, or even have reduced income or increased expenses, you need not lose your home as well. The Los Angeles County Temporary Eviction Moratorium, which went into effect on March 4th 2020, placed a countywide ban on evictions for residential and commercial tenants. Under this ban, tenants may not be evicted for COVID-19-related non-payment of rent. The ban further prohibits evictions for: No-fault reasons, including demolition of property and substantial remodels COVID-19-related violations, including additional occupants or pets Denying entry to a landlord The ban also prohibits increases in rent or the imposition of late fees, interest,…Read More

Do I Have To Tell My Landlord That I Can’t Pay Rent
  • Published: February 26, 2021

Millions of Americans have suffered physical, mental, and economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have lost your job and cannot pay your rent, there are legal protections against your eviction. When the Coronavirus spiked in March of last year, the rate of homelessness increased as well. In response to the deepening crisis, California issued an eviction moratorium that was to last through February of 2021. Governor Newsom recently signed a new piece of legislation that extends the moratorium on evictions through the summer of this year. In accordance with the moratorium, California courts will not issue a summons for eviction purely for non-payment of rent if you have a COVID-19 related hardship. If your landlord has threatened you with such a move, then you should immediately contact a LA County real estate attorney. A real estate attorney in LA County will help you protect your rights under the moratorium ban. More importantly,…Read More

Commercial Tenants In The La County Temporary Eviction Moratorium
  • Published: February 12, 2021

What Is The Temporary Eviction Moratorium? The Temporary Eviction Moratorium places a ban on evictions, and commercial tenants are included in this ban. If you are unable to pay your rent due to COVID-19, your landlord may not be able to evict you. The moratorium was effective from March 4, 2020 until June 30, 2021. If you are a commercial tenant, you must notify your landlord within seven days of your due date that you are unable to pay your rent. In the event that you cannot offer your landlord this notice, it may be waived for extenuating circumstances. If you have nine or fewer employees, you can notify your landlord over the phone or in a letter. If you have at least 10 employees but less than 100, you are required to offer your landlord written documentation that you are unable to pay rent due to COVID-related financial hardship. The county encourages tenants to…Read More

What Role Does The Durable Power Of Attorney Play
  • Published: December 18, 2020

What Is A Power Of Attorney? The “power of attorney” is a legal document. It gives another person the ability to act as your representative. For example, a general power of attorney would allow another person to run your business, manage your investments or buy and sell property. This document has an expiration date and ends in the event of your death. What Is A Durable Power Of Attorney? A durable power of attorney is a power of attorney that remains in effect even after you have been declared to be incapacitated. For example, if you are unconscious, the person to whom you granted durable power of attorney will be able to continue acting on your behalf. Can A Durable Power Of Attorney Be Revoked? You are within your rights to revoke a durable power of attorney at any time, but you must be competent to do so. Your attorney can do this by drawing…Read More

What Are The Different Types Of Trusts Available To Me
  • Published: December 11, 2020

The Revocable Trust The revocable trust is a very popular trust because the trustor – the person who made the trust – is free to make changes to it. It can also be discarded whenever you don’t believe that the trust is needed anymore. The Irrevocable Trust The irrevocable trust is also a popular trust, but as the trustor, you will not have any rights to this trust after it has been created. This means that you are “nullifying your rights” to the trust. As long as you live, you will not be able to make any changes or terminate this trust without court intervention. The Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust The irrevocable life insurance trust allows you to take your life insurance policies out of your estate. This makes it possible for the beneficiary to be exempt from taxes that are levied against the life insurance policy. The Testamentary Trust A testamentary trust is another…Read More

What Should Be In My Will
  • Published: November 27, 2020

In California, your last will and testament allows you to decide what happens to your property after you die. Who among your family, friends, and favorite charitable organizations should get the things you have earned during your life? Without a thorough will, your wishes may not actually be carried out upon your passing. But putting together these complex legal documents and deciding what should be in your will can be stressful. Fortunately, an Anaheim wills and trust attorney from Katje Law Group can help. California Will Requirements Your will can determine what happens to your property and who will be the guardian of your children in the event of your death. Needless to say, what you include in your will is important in California. In order for a will to be valid in California, your will should clearly describe what you want to happen to your property after you die. Here are a few other requirements for…Read More

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