Estate Planning Lawyers know this and so should you!

Estate Planning lawyers know this all to well. If a married couple reside in a community property state like California, the surviving spouse has marital rights to acquire the entire estate. Remember as a member of that marital community, if you have a specific gift to give to someone other than your spouse, it behooves you to write at least a Will to specify that gift or gifts and to whom you wish to leave the prized heirloom or asset, if you haven’t gifted before your death.

My Mom’s death was a topic which was hard and difficult. In fact, seriously avoided up until the later years of her life. We expected her death to be due to Congestive Heart Failure, since she had lived with complications of CHF for about twenty years. Those complications lead to further health declines and inevitably, major open heart surgery. Unfortunately, she died abruptly in a car accident. Car accidents are never foreseeable.

In my case, there were many things my Mom verbally gifted to me but because of her death, my Dad either had no knowledge of the intent to gift or refused to honor the bequeath. Avoid the problem and gift or make provision in a Will now! provides cheap legal advice in the form of education! To be forewarned is to be forearmed!

Millennials inherit this, too

Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of late Whitney Houston died today (July 27) at the age of 22.
“Houston was preparing to give birth to Bobbi Kristina, she expressly left Bobby Brown out of her will, putting everything in a trust “for the benefit of her children and more remote descendants,” according to a petition.

“Bobbi Kristina was fabulously wealthy for a teenager, but her money was in a spendthrift trust, designed to keep creditors and predators from taking advantage of people who can’t manage their money. Bobbi Kristina’s grandmother, Cissy Houston, and aunt, Pat Houston, eventually took over control of the trust and then took Bobbi Kristina to court to protect the estate.” Bobbi Kristina agreed and her access was delayed.

You never know who you are dealing with or what people will do.

“Bobbi Kristina’s court-appointed representative sued Gordon, accusing him of misrepresenting his relationship with Bobbi Kristina. The complaint accused him of being violent toward her and taking more than $11,000 from her account while she was in a medically induced coma after the Jan. 31 tragedy.The lawsuit accused Gordon of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, unjust enrichment and conversion.”

Millennials take notice. Everyone can benefit from Estate Planning. Educational Family Estate Apps is an affordable and convenient solution. Take a look today at!

Update about the Indian Child Welfare Act

To summarize, state or government based Indian child removal was the reason for the creation of the Indian Child Welfare Act or ICWA. Unfortunately, ICWA created a baseline to the status quo and the damage done to Indian people and communities continued. It was preventable through the use of legal Guardianship! I have a working example of how having a Guardianship changes the dynamic which I discuss on my website. Part of that discussion can be found under the Products tab and subject heading of American Indian Probate ( It seems no one else saw the solution or had an interest in stopping the abuses of state based removal actions. Unfortunately, the system of status quo represents a gravy train at the expense of human lives.

Stop state based removal of American Indian children (under the Indian Child Welfare Act)

Through Educational Family Estate Apps, I offer an  important discussion about how to avoid state based removal actions under the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Indian Child Welfare Act was sold as change but in fact, it solidified the status quo. After years of violations by the states, nothing changed since its inception and implementation. Have you ever wondered why?

Destiny or Is it, We Arrive in a Purposeful Fashion?

“The destiny of mankind is not decided by material computation. When great causes are on the move in the world….we learn that we are spirits, not animals, and that something is going on in space and time, and beyond space and time, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.

Winston Churchill, radio broadcast to America on receiving the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the Universtiy of Rochester, New York, June 16, 1941

We embark with causes in mind and that sense of duty at