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Understand trust elements to determine if negligence has occurred

If you were to ask the average person what elements are necessary to create a trust, many wouldn't know how to answer. The purposes of a trust can be several, but the means in which a trust is created are few. Here's a few things to understand about the elements of a trust. Knowing them can help you to spot if negligence is occurring.

Cities think about conservatorships for the homeless

A new bill was passed by the California legislature, and it affects California's homeless and mentally ill. Many of these people consist of the elderly population, but they can be of any age. Formerly known as SB1045, the law would permit Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco counties to opt into a five-year pilot program expanding the existing conservatorship rules to include people with both mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Some are in favor of the law, while others claim it is a violation of civil rights.

Why avoid probate in California?

It goes without saying that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to build financial security over one's lifetime. This includes making wise decisions financially to ensure a surplus in the end, rather than a deficit. When a loved one, like a parent, passes away, their estate may have to go through the probate process. However, there may be some reasons why a person in California would want to avoid probate.

Help is available to those setting up a conservatorship

When it comes to the ability to care for oneself, it's a multi-faceted issue. Those in California who have suffered a health issue may no longer be able to care for themselves or their estate in the way they once could. The body fails all of us, so conservatorships can be set up to help care for loved ones and to ensure that an estate is properly managed. Dealing with a loved one's new "normal" can be jarring at first, but if organized properly, it can be manageable by those around them.

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