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Are Your Kids Protected and Provided for Were Something to Happen to You?
Are Your Kids Protected and Provided for Were Something to Happen to You?
Can you remember the day your first child was born?  Do you remember the joy as you brought that little person into your home.  Did you ever think that you...
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Who Needs Estate Planning in San Diego? You Will Be Surprised
Who Needs Estate Planning in San Diego? You Will Be Surprised
From the Desk of Estate Planning Attorney, San Diego, Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Kristina R. Hess Do You Need an Estate Planning Attorney in San Diego? You will...
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Trust Planning – Should I loan my son money for a down payment on a home?
Trust Planning – Should I loan my son money for a down payment on a home?
From the desk of Will and Trust Lawyer in San Diego, Kristina R. Hess I recently had a discussion with someone about the pros and cons of loaning children money...
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What Happens if Someone Dies Without Funding Their Trust?
What Happens if Someone Dies Without Funding Their Trust?
Heggstad Petitions and Probate Code 850 From the Desk of San Diego Probate Lawyer, Kristina...
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San Diego Probate Lawyer – How to Prepare the Executor of Your Estate
San Diego Probate Lawyer – How to Prepare the Executor of Your Estate
From the Desk of Probate Attorney, San Diego, Kristina R. Hess As you put together...
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San Diego Probate Attorney: How to Locate Assets After a Loved One’s Death
San Diego Probate Attorney: How to Locate Assets After a Loved One’s Death
From the desk of San Diego Probate Lawyer, Kristina R. Hess… As an estate planning...
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We’re Sorry

We’re Sorry… We recently placed an ad in the La Jolla Light newspaper that mentioned a family that suffered a tragedy. The parents died suddenly in an accident, leaving three boys.  The parents didn’t have a plan in place and the family feuded and spent a lot of time and money in …

Lawyers Who Make House Calls?

Well… it’s a house call of sorts. On New Year’s Day I did a Signing Ceremony at our client’s home. A Signing Ceremony is where the clients sign their Living Trust, Wills, Kids Protection Plan (short and long term guardian nominations and a host of other documents to protect and provide for …

No Federal Estate Tax in 2010 … at Least for Now

No Federal Estate Tax in 2010… at least for now The U.S. Senate finished its work for the year without acting on the Bill the House passed that would have extended the 2009 federal estate tax — any estate over $3.5 million is taxed at 45%. However, with the Senate’s inaction, the Estate …

A Guarantee?

Lawyers are not permitted to guarantee outcomes. Most law students learn about the “harry hand” case where a doctor guaranteed a surgery and the patient ended up with a harry hand (a skin graft gone awry).  We all learned quickly that we cannot guarantee results. Yet, as your San Diego Personal …

Congress Acts to Extend Current Estate Tax

On Thursday, December 3, 2009, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would extend the Estate Tax of 45% to all Estates that are over $3.5 million.  As previously reported, under current law, only estates valued at $3.5 million and up are taxed.  The estate tax is currently scheduled to …

One Huge Reason To Do Estate Planning Right

One huge reason to do estate planning “right” — avoid estate litigation and family feuding.  Estate planning isn’t something we do for ourselves… we get our legal and financial house in order to protect and provide for our loved ones. Family feuding can destroy relationships… I’ve seen it many times.  …

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! At KR Hess Law we wish one and all a most happy and healthy Thanksgiving! For those of you with children, you may be recounting our nation’s history and the pilgrims, or Squanto’s Journey.  We added “P is for Pilgrim” to our Thanskgiving reading list this year.  As …

Your Greatest Legacy? An Extraordinary Life

Last week I had the privilege and honor of hearing John Bevere discuss everyone’s innate, God-given desire to live an extraordinary life. It is no coincidence that we love stories of super-heroes. We are all born with a desire to be more than just ordinary. And yet, left to our own devices …