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How Much Does Probate Cost?

Posted by Ann Saponara | Dec 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

HOW MUCH DOES PROBATE COST IN CALIFORNIA? Attorney & Personal Representative Compensation For Ordinary Services  The personal representative and the attorney are each allowed compensation for their services.  Unless the Will makes special provision for compensation, “ordinary” services is fixed b...


Posted by Ann Saponara | Dec 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

TIPS WHEN HAVING YOUR DEPOSITION TAKEN OR WHEN TESTIFYING IN COURT Always tell the truth. Understand the question.  If you do not understand it or if the question is confusing, say so. Listen to the question and take a moment to consider your answer, and make sure you are answeri...

Groucho Marx’s estate planning mishaps

Posted by Ann Saponara | Dec 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Groucho Marx was a great character.  Here in Fremont, his movies are still shown at the Niles Essanay Museum on Saturday nights (  Less happy & lesser known is that Groucho Marx got caught up in a conservatorship proceeding in probate court when he became older. C...

Is a Will Good Enough?

Posted by Ann Saponara | Nov 04, 2013 | 0 Comments

Yes, if you have assets that do not exceed $150,000.  But if you have assets that exceed that, your estate will have to be probated.  Probate Court is time consuming and expensive.  It serves an important role in our society of distributing an estate's assets but most people would like to avoid i...

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