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San Diego Holiday Activities Close to Home

Happy Holidays from Your Neighbors! If you are looking for some San Diego Holiday Activities close to home, Encinitas has events that offer the friendliness of Carmel Valley and the charm of the beach.  Plus, its just up the freeway from the Carmel Valley San Diego community. On December 8th, 15th, and 22nd, participating shops located […]

I love Spring in San Diego.  Well, I really love every season in San Diego; but to me Spring seems to bring fresh opportunities and a sense of happiness everywhere you go as summer excitement begins.  This month I would like to share with you some of the new activities I have been up to, […]

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Planning a Wedding or Planning Your Estate? The Elements are the Same! I am in the midst of planning my wedding, and I love it.  Call me crazy, but I truly enjoy the process.  What I’ve realized is that planning a wedding is really no different than what I have been doing for my clients […]

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What is the difference between a revocable and irrevocable trust?  The answer to this may seem obvious.  If your trust is revocable, it can be revoked, amended, or changed.  If your trust is irrevocable, it cannot be revoked, and the terms within are absolute.  What does this really mean?  And why would you want an […]

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It’s a New Year, and it’s time to get things organized.  If your estate plan is complete, go through this checklist for some follow up steps to consider.  If your estate plan is not complete, make it a goal for the New Year. □   Review your existing plan.  Do you remember who you named as […]

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Elder Abuse Awareness

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Recently I have attended presentations and read various articles and campaigns spreading awareness about elder abuse.  It is valuable information that must be passed on.  There are different types of abuse that can occur, but in this article I’m particularly focusing on financial elder abuse. An Example of Financial Elder Abuse Kelly Phillips Erb, tax […]

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I do not have children of my own yet, but I have a younger brother in college that has had me thinking about the need for young adults to take steps to protect themselves. My brother Stephen is an active 22 year old.  He’ll go out boating, cliff jumping, to music festivals and travelling on […]

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Health Care Directives – One of Life’s Most Important Decisions California law provides individuals with the ability to document their health care wishes in the event they are unable to make health care decisions themselves.  This may include documenting authorizations for organ donations, documenting the type of care and treatment you would want to receive, […]

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I don’t know about you, but I’m at the age where I’m considering different anti-aging skin products, and am always looking for ways to stay young, fresh, and healthy.  This month I’m stopping to ask myself what is so bad about aging? Instead of trying to beat it, we should embrace it! Healthy Aging Month […]

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Handling a Probate

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What do you do when you are named the executor in someone’s Will and need to administer their estate after their death? A probate may, or may not, be needed. Depending on the amount of assets in the estate, and whether or not the decedent also had a funded trust, an attorney can help you […]

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You may choose to leave your estate to your child at your death. However, concerns may arise in doing so. Is your child financially unstable or irresponsible? Is your child a minor? Is your child involved in a lawsuit or bankruptcy? Is your child going through a divorce? Is your child receiving government benefits due […]

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“Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life”.  This quote has been very meaningful to me these past few weeks. Two weeks ago my boyfriend went to propose to me.  We were at the beach where we regularly spend time together and walk our dog.  He went out for a quick surf and I met him […]

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