L Christopher Arvin’s Answers

L Christopher Arvin

Santa Monica Estate Planning Attorney.

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  1. I got married five years ago. Can I make a living trust?.

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. L Christopher Arvin
    2. Robin Mashal
    3. Deborah Kay Patterson
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    Post your concern. If you are married - you can do a joint living trust. Typical well drafted Trust keeps character of property same if not commingled. I don't understand what your tax filing has to do with the question though, nor most of my colleagues i imagine. Get your Trust drafted by recommended/experienced estate planning attorney - not one of those self-help websites is my recommendation.

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  2. I Want to transfer real property into living trust and then record the deed in santa clara county CA

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. L Christopher Arvin
    2. Robert Paul Bergman
    3. Shannon Thebaut Howell
    4. Daniel Petrov
    4 lawyer answers

    Prepare a "Trust Transfer Deed" and "Preliminary Change of Ownership Report" to transfer to revocable living trust - check recorder's site - I typically give check "not to exceed $75" payable to recorder with assessor parcel number (in dark ink!) and leave amoutn blank If you are not hand-recording, I send fedex for tracking make sure you have the assessor parcel number on correctly and legal and name of Trust/Trustee. You really should have a lawyer or qualified service prepare - too...

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  3. I finally received a copy of my deceased dads Will from niece the Executors Attorney. Should it be same as orignal all pages?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. L Christopher Arvin
    2. Charles Adam Shultz
    3. Paul A. Smolinski
    3 lawyer answers

    Sorry for your loss. I am confused - did mean that you received a copy that was missing pages .. and you originally were with your father when he signed? If you did - call the attorney who sent (Dad's niece ... the nominated Executor??). Call immediately - if you don't get a complete copy and are satisfied, then immediately hire a local attorney where probate is being held. This does not create an attorney/client relationship. This does not constitue legal advice. It is limited to...

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  4. Does a perons have to pay past due income tax if they are deceased?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Curtis Lamar Harrington Jr
    2. L Christopher Arvin
    3. Thomas William Dominick
    4. Deborah Kay Patterson
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    Sorry for your loss. How did she "clean him out"? Transfer of assets during life, joint accounts? what? You are describing "income tax" on stock sold - not "estate taxes". Does not sould like the statute of limitations expired for gain on stock sale during his life - so sister does need to pay the tax interest et al. What do you mean he has a lot of stock that has nto re-regestered??? Is that the only stock she did not have transferred to her. What was his condition when he...

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  5. What does a "One-time Beneficiary" mean in the Administration of a Probate Estate?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Stephen Craig Hinze
    2. Charles Adam Shultz
    3. L Christopher Arvin
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    Term does not make any sense. This is a first - time for me - after 25+ years of probate practice - never heard of that terminology. Everyone is a "One Time Beneficiary" of a Decedent, by definition. Recommend contacting the law firm filing for clarification. Not clear from your post if there was a Will or not. Your Notice likely had a copy of the Petition with it. If it did not, call law firm that filed and ask for a copy. Its either Petition for Probate of Will and Letters...

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  6. Where can I find a listing of ca trust companies to act as successor trustee for a personal trust?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Robert Paul Bergman
    2. Joanna Lynn de Vos
    3. L Christopher Arvin
    4. Steven J. Fromm
    5. Thomas William Dominick
    6. ···
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    Farmers and Merchants Trust Company of Long Beach, and Trust Company (accept smaller accounts - around $500K possible, most others often prefer $1 Million - corporate trustees that is) Wilmington Trust Wells Fargo City National Bank - All have been great for me / my peers

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  7. My sister died without a will. The estate administrator is not giving me details about the estate, what can I do?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. L Christopher Arvin
    2. Thomas F. O'Connell
    3. Steven J. Fromm
    3 lawyer answers

    It sounds unfortunate that you and your siblings apparently did not object to this brother's/now administrator's petiiton to be appointed administrator of the estate. You and your brothers could have submitted their own petition/nomination. Being "stuck" with this brother for now, you should immediatly contact the administrator's/brother's attorney (for estate). Should be on court record. Ask for what you want. Secondary beneficiary of insurance - you need to get ahold of the insurance...

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  8. What happens when someone who owes you money dies?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Steven J. Fromm
    2. Jeffrey Bruce Gold
    3. L Christopher Arvin
    4. Roman Aminov
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    My best wishes for you and your friend. Correct - if no money to be re-paid, then you will not be re-paid. If you cannot repay your 401K with other income, you will have to pay taxes on the amount withdrawn. This does not create an attorney/client relationship. This does not constitue legal advice. It is limited to facts of the question. You should consult an attorney in the appropriate state involved before making any decisions based on this answer

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  9. Trust and Will

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Robert D. Mannor
    2. Matthew Allan Quick
    3. L Christopher Arvin
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    In CA - Will is Witnessed (2 Minimum disinterested adults) Trust is Notarized ...... Have these documents prepared by estate planning attorney in your area, not self-help type service Check Avvo for local attorney

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  10. Can a will rescind a signed document that indicates that at death a propery goes to specific persons?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Robert Louis Feliciani III
    2. L Christopher Arvin
    3. Daniel Orville Kellogg
    4. Charles Adam Shultz
    4 lawyer answers

    Need to know what "the document" was. When you use the words "automatically become the property of son and wife" - sounds very much like "joint tenancy" was the form of title. If so, "joint tenancy" can be broken up by a joint tenant transferring his/her interest in a valid, properly drafted/executed/recorded Deed. Alternatively - was there a written agreement of some sort? Please add detail to this question - and seek local legal counsel on this matter. Didn't she ask this...

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