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Heggstad Petition [California Probate Code 850]

What is a Heggstad Petition? California Probate Code 850, also known as a Heggstad petition, is a judicial proceeding used to avoid costly and time-consuming probate proceedings by petitioning the court to transfer property that should have been titled in the name of a trust (but was not) into said trust after the decedent has … Read More

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Can a Mother Withhold a Child From the Father in California?

Family Code § 3010 provides that without court orders saying otherwise, both legal parents are equally entitled to custody of their child. The important missing piece of the puzzle is that this only applies to legal parents. So what rights do fathers have before they have established their legal rights?

Can a Parent Stop a Child From Seeing the Other Parent in California?

Can a Parent Stop a Child From Seeing the Other Parent in California?

Can a Parent Stop a Child From Seeing the Other Parent? Whenever parents are separating, one parent is often asking this question. It generally comes up in the following situations: The parents (whether married or unmarried) are no longer together and the child resides with one of the parents. The parent with whom the child … Read More

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Motion for Attorney’s Fees in Bankruptcy Adversary Proceedings Under Contract [California CCP 1021]

While the general rule in American courts is that each party pays their own attorney’s fees, parties in bankruptcy adversaries and contested matters in California may be entitled to file a motion for attorney’s fees if a contract provides for such a recovery under California Code of Civil Procedure 1021. This pertains to prevailing parties … Read More

CCP 704.965 Automatic Homestead Exemption California Declared Homestead Exemption

CCP 704.965 – Automatic Homestead Exemption Defeats Outdated Limits on Declared Homestead Exemption in Bankruptcy

Debtors Can Still Claim California’s Increased, Automatic Homestead, Despite California Code of Civil Procedure § 704.965 Effective January 1, 2021, the California homestead exemption increased to $300,000 to $600,000 depending upon the median sales price in the county of residence, up from a meager $75,000 to $175,000 the year before. In turn, creditors have looked … Read More

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Why Is the Bankruptcy Trustee Continuing the Meeting of Creditors?

Continuances of Meetings of Creditors – What is the Bankruptcy Trustee Investigating? Imagine this: you have filed all necessary bankruptcy paperwork and have attended your mandatory 341 meeting of creditors. You honestly answered all questions that the bankruptcy trustee asked you. Then, you get a notice that your bankruptcy trustee is continuing the meeting of … Read More

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Civil Code 682 – Severing a Joint Tenancy in California

This article seeks to explain the meaning of a joint tenancy as compared to other forms of co-tenancy, explains the meaning and importance of the severance of a joint tenancy, and explains the means by which a joint tenancy in real estate may be severed. Before or after the severance, jointly owned property can be … Read More

Civil Code 789 - Tenancy At Will - Eviction of Unwanted Guests in California

Tenancy At Will California – Eviction of Unwanted Guests – Civil Code 789

A tenancy at will, also known as an at will tenancy, is always a great situation for the tenant. The arrangement was often formerly fulfilling for the landlord because they get to help someone who they care about. These situations may get sticky, however, when the landlord attempts to remove the unwanted roommate, former employee, … Read More

Transferring Exempt Property is Not a Fraudulent Transfer Under California Law

Transferring Exempt Property May Not be a Fraudulent Transfer

Transferring Exempt Property May Not be a Fraudulent Transfer Under California Law It is not uncommon for debtors to want to maximize the amount of property they get to keep to avoid creditor collection efforts, especially efforts to collect their personal residence. Generally, the California Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA) prohibits debtors from transferring ownership … Read More

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