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Can a Trust Be Changed or Revoked?

By Estate Planning Attorney Eric Ridley | Jan 16, 2024

Hi, I’m Eric Ridley from The Law Office of Eric Ridley in California. Today, let’s talk about a common question I get: Can a trust be changed or revoked? Many people think that once a trust is set up, it’s set in stone. But that’s not always the case. Trusts can be flexible, and understanding…

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The Essential Role of Trusts in Estate Planning

By Estate Planning Attorney Eric Ridley | Jan 13, 2024

In this article, we will explore the importance of estate planning and creating a trust, discussing how trusts can help avoid the probate process, provide tax benefits, offer asset protection, and give individuals control over asset distribution.

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The Impact of Passing Away Without a Trust

By Estate Planning Attorney Eric Ridley | Jan 12, 2024

This article provides an overview of the benefits of having a living trust, avoiding the probate process, understanding intestate succession laws, and the importance of estate planning with the Law Office of Eric Ridley.

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Safeguarding Your Legacy: The Essential Guide to Estate Planning and Asset Protection

By Estate Planning Attorney Eric Ridley | Jan 11, 2024

Protecting Your Legacy: How to Safeguard Your Assets with Estate Planning – Learn the importance of estate planning, key terms, additional documents, asset protection strategies, minimizing estate taxes, choosing beneficiaries, updating your estate plan, and the role of an estate planning attorney.

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Navigating Intestate Succession in California: The Key to Secure Estate Planning

By Estate Planning Attorney Eric Ridley | Jan 10, 2024

Understanding Intestate Succession Laws in California and the importance of having a will or trust in place to avoid complications, with guidance from the Law Office of Eric Ridley.

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Understanding Probate and Non-Probate Assets: A Comprehensive Guide to Estate Planning

By Estate Planning Attorney Eric Ridley | Jan 9, 2024

Understanding the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets: Learn how probate assets and non-probate assets differ, and why its crucial to understand these distinctions for effective estate planning and asset distribution.

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The Complete Guide to Probate: Settling an Estate with Expert Tips

By Estate Planning Attorney Eric Ridley | Jan 8, 2024

Understanding Probate: What You Need to Know About Settling an Estate – A comprehensive guide to navigating the probate process, including the role of the executor, distribution of assets, potential challenges, alternatives to probate, and the impact of estate planning, with an emphasis on the services offered by the Law Office of Eric Ridley.

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Can I Change My Trust?

By Estate Planning Attorney Eric Ridley | Jan 6, 2024

As an estate planning lawyer in California, I often encounter trust questions. A trust is a legal arrangement where you transfer assets to a trustee to benefit a beneficiary. It’s like giving someone a box of your valuables to hold onto for someone else. You might wonder, “Can I change my trust once it’s set…

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How Do Changes to My Trusts Affect My Taxes?

By Estate Planning Attorney Eric Ridley | Jan 4, 2024

Hello there! I’m Eric Ridley, an estate planning lawyer from California. Today, let’s talk about something that puzzles many: how do changes to your trusts affect your taxes? Trusts are like containers where you keep your assets for the future. They come in different shapes and sizes, and yes, they interact with taxes in various…

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What Happens to the Trust When I Die?

By Estate Planning Attorney Eric Ridley | Dec 28, 2023

​​Hi, I’m Eric Ridley, an estate planning lawyer based in California. Today, I want to discuss a question many of my clients ask: “What happens to my trust when I die?” Let’s break this down in a simple, straightforward way. The Role of Your Trustee After Your Passing First things first: your trustee. This is…

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