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Recognition for Service to the Court and Community

Probate Attorney in Woodland Hills - KC Marie KnoxThe 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.

We would like to congratulate Woodland Hills Probate Attorney KC Marie Knox on this esteemed recognition.

 

Preventing Litigation Issues with Advance Directives

The content below is a transcript of the NBI webcast Elder Law: Start to Finish, held October 2016

Here are a few litigation issues that may arise with Advance Directives and why it is important to date your documents:

  • Multiple versions
  • 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.

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Advance Directives (also known as Living Wills)

The content below is a transcript of the NBI webcast Elder Law: Start to Finish, held October 2016

Anybody who has had any interactions with estate planning attorneys knows that we like to come up with as many names as possible for the same exact thing. Advance Directives are also known as:

  • Living Wills
  • Health Care Power of Attorney
  • Health Care Proxy

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.

If you have additional questions about Advance Directives (also known as Living Wills) contact our estate planning attorney in Woodland Hills today.

Health Care Decisions and Advance Medical Directives Webcast

Trust Attorney Woodland HillsEstate 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:

  1. Advance Directives
  2. End of Life Decisions
  3. Organ Donation and Treatment of the Remains

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.

About Woodland Hills Estate Planning Attorney KC Marie Knox:

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How to Protect your Digital Assets (Part 3)

Digital AssetsContinuing from our Blog series on Digital Assets, here are a couple ways you can protect you and your family:

Identify your digital assets
You can break them down into broad categories (email, domain, storage, finances, banking, stocks, bonds, securities, taxes, retirement, insurance, credit cards, debts, utilities, businesses, social, media, loyalty and other) and for each asset identify the username, password, account number and any other identifying information necessary to access the asset.

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The Care and Preservation of Your Digital Assets (Part 1)

Digital AssetsHow many of you get “paper” bank statements?  How many you write “paper” checks to pay your monthly bills?  How many of you pay your bills through automatically scheduled payments?  How many of you store and save your personal information on your computers and on third party sites? And what happens to this information if you are no longer around?  Can your family get access to it?

According to a 2011 Census more than three-quarters of all Americans owned a computer.  That number increased to nearly 90% of all Americans who had a bachelor’s degree or higher.  Today, the vast majority of the population owns a computer and with it, what are now referred to as “digital assets”.

A digital asset has been defined as “information created, generated, sent, communicated, received or stored by electronic means on a digital device or system that delivers digital information.”  In common parlance, digital assets include personal information contained in:

  • Online accounts with financial institutions (e.g. banks or credit card companies)
  • Social media accounts such as Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, where a third party allows the account holder to store personal information
  • Online accounts with forums such as Amazon, eBay or Craigslist, that not only allow users to buy and sell but facilitate such transactions with on-line currency accounts such as Paypal.
  • Reward programs, such as frequent flyer miles or reward points.

Click here for Part 2 of “The Care and Preservation of Your Digital Assets”, where we will be discussing examples of digital asset disasters. If you have specific questions regarding your digital assets, you can contact our Estate Planning Attorney in Woodland Hills, Ca today.

Caring For Your Companion: The Importance of Protecting Your Pet

Picture of ChihuahuaPets receiving an inheritance!  It may sound extreme, but planning for your pet’s future is not about money, it is about security for both of you.  Just as responsible parents plan in advance to appoint a guardian to care for their children, responsible pet owners need to plan in advance for their pets.  If you are a pet owner, you should have two plans in place:

1) If you are unable to properly care for your pet due to an illness or other incapacity
2) If you are unable to properly care for your pet due to your death.

According to ASPCA, approximately 62% of households in the United States have at least one pet.  Yet, only 17% of pet owners have taken legal steps for their pet’s protection.  There are some very easy and cost-effective options which you can take advantage of now.  Don’t delay, your pets are counting on you!

Option 1 (Every pet owner must do this):

Carry a Pet Identification Card with you at all times.  This can either be a physical card that you carry in your wallet or purse, or additional information contained in your I.C.E. (In case of Emergency) contact on your cell phone.  The information on the Pet Identification Card should include:

a) a picture of your pet
b) the pet’s name
c) the location of the pet
d) any special needs of your pet
e) who to contact to take care of the pet.   This card can advise a police officer or other emergency personnel that you have a pet that also needs assistance.

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