Attorney KC Marie Knox is on the cover of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine! In this months cover story, she explores the complicated lines between what may be considered an emotional support vs. a service animal.
Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine is the official magazine of the LA County Bar Association and is celebrating 40 years of excellence in legal writing to help lawyers practice smarter.
What right does a person have to bring a service dog, support peacock, or pampered pet on a plane, a train, or into a taxi? The answer is: “It depends.”
On Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Probate Attorney KC Marie Knox of Hymes, Schreiber & Knox, LLP will be the featured presenter of the National Business Institute’s (NBI) Seminar entitled “Probate: What Paralegals Need to Know“.
This intermediate level course is designed for Paralegals, Legal Technicians, Legal Assistants and Legal Support Staff. This Probate Seminar will:
Discuss how to efficiently handle the opening of the estate.
Review the typical timeline for probate filings.
Gain valuable tips for handling tax issues associated with probate.
Follow thorough closing procedures so accounting is complete before distribution takes place.
On March 15, 2018 Los Angeles Estate Planning Attorney KC Marie Knox of law firm Hymes, Schreiber & Knox, LLP was informed by the State Bar of California that she passed the Legal Specialist Examination in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.
California Rule of Court 9.35 served as the basis for the creation of the State Bar Legal Specialization program. The program was intended to provide a method for attorneys to earn the designation of certified specialist in particular areas of law, increasing public protection and encouraging attorney competence.
The program was the first of its kind in the United States, and it has served as a model for other state programs for certifying legal specialists around the nation.
The Superior Court of the the State of California, county of Los Angeles has recognized Attorney KC Marie Knox from the law firm of Hymes, Schreiber & Knox, LLP for valued service and contributions to the Court and the Community as a member of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association Probate Settlement Officer Program.
The Pro Bono Probate Settlement Program provides parties with pending probate matters an opportunity to resolve their cases with the assistance of experienced attorney volunteers screened and selected by a committee of local bar associations.
Here are a few litigation issues that may arise with Advance Directives and why it is important to date your documents:
Claims of undue influence, duress and fraud
Trust scams and schemes
Common liabilities and liable parties
Multiple versions of similar documents that say different things is a common litigation issue that arises with advance directives. While you may have had one gifting scheme in place, you may have changed your mind after awhile.
All of these legal devices essentially do the same thing: Setting a set of directions, to an agent, that you as the principal set forth so that somebody knows what your choices are for your end of life and after life decisions.
There is federal law that governs Advance Directives known as the Patient Self Determination Act (1992). This Act requires that all providers of services give written information to each individual concerning:
Rights to make decisions under State Law
Right to accept or refuse medical treatment
Right to formulate an advance directive
Every institution must provide you with information about advance medical directives, including the right to make your own decision, under the applicable state law. Under federal law, if any institution (including hospitals and health care agencies) wants federal funding they need to abide by this.
Estate Planning Attorney KC Marie Knox was invited by the National Business Institute (NBI) to serve as a faculty member for their Elder Law: Start to Finish seminar. The Health Care Decisions and Advance Medical Directives Webcast will take place on September 7, 2016 and will cover:
This legal course is designed for attorneys. It will also benefit nursing home administrators, financial planners, trust officers, accountants, social workers, geriatric care managers, and other professionals working with elder clients on estate planning issues.
Tom was fairly successful in life and had a love for travel. To maximize his options, Tom was enrolled in several different programs which generated reward points. These points could then be redeemed for travel, hotel stays, car rentals, etc. Tom assumed that when he passed away, his accumulation of reward points would simply pass on to his kids, or whomever else he designated as part of his estate plan. Despite Tom’s intended plan, the reward programs had a different plan in mind.
Tom was enrolled in three specific reward programs, each of which was linked to a specific credit card:
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