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Tag Archives: california law

How AB 1050 May Affect Child Custody and Visitation

Assembly Bill 1050 was signed by the governor on August 27, 2010 and became law on January 1, 2012. This new law changes the way a court must consider the preference of a sufficiently mature child during proceedings regarding the establishment or modification of a custody or visitation order. California family courts have formerly been […]

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How the “Elkins Legislation” Made Divorce More Expensive

The “Elkins Legislation” refers to a pair of bills, AB 1050 and AB 939 which became law on January 1, 2012. These laws change the role of evidence in divorce actions, increasing reliance on live oral testimony and moving away from written testimony. This could increase costs by requiring more court hearings during a divorce […]

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The Importance of Having a Will

A comprehensive estate plan may contain many elements, including trusts, insurance policies, deeds, and powers of attorney. But nearly every estate plan must include a will as its central component. A well-drafted will coordinates other elements of the estate plan, ensuring they work together properly. A will also clearly designates an executor to handle the […]

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