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Legal Articles by Michael B. Bassi

Ways to Ensure Your Minor Children Can Inherit Without Costly Guardianship Proceedings

While it's not a pleasant subject, sometimes parents pass away while their children are still under the age of 18. What happens then? By law, children under the age of 18 who receive anything more than modest amounts of money from their deceased parents' estate cannot manage the property on their own. Instead, the law provides for court-appointed guardianship proceedings in order to manage and supervise the child's estate. On the one hand, court supervision is better than allowing the money to just disappear in the hands of unscrupulous friends or relatives.

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Questions To Ask Before Hiring A San Francisco Estate Planning Attorney

You should consider several different questions before you sign an agreement with any attorney, but this is even more important when it comes to hiring a wills, trusts or estate attorney. This attorney will address sensitive family and financial issues that range from helping you pass assets on to your children and close family members, to protecting you from unnecessary taxes, to helping you determine the best person to make medical decisions on your behalf. This is why you need to know the answers to the seven questions discussed in this special report.

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