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Understanding the Basic of Estate Planning Part II: Do You Need an Estate Plan?

When you hear estate planning you may think of giant mansions, jets and yachts, or maybe a precious heirloom diamond broach from your great-great Aunt Myrtle. Simply put, estate planning is the process of anticipating and arranging, during a person’s life, for the management and disposal of your property and assets either during your lifetimeContinue Reading

An Expert Witness Defined: A Beginner’s Guide

It is difficult to imagine anything simpler than the definition of an expert witness – someone who can help the jury understand something, some aspect of the factual dispute, or possibly even an ultimate fact that the jury must decide on. California Evidence Code §720 defines an expert as a person qualified to testify basedContinue Reading

The Aggravated White Collar Crime Enhancement: the Freeze and Seize Power of the Government

In 1995, the California Legislature enacted Penal Code §186.11 to add two arrows to the quiver of prosecuting attorneys. Penal Code §186.11 can sting a defendant in two ways: The first holds additional incarceration and fines over a defendant’s head. The second arrow of this section is potentially more damaging to a defendant and hisContinue Reading

Medicaid and Medi-Cal Planning

An Orange County Wills and Trusts Lawyer website has an interesting article about Medicaid Planning.  The Medic-Cal Program is a joint venture between California and the Federal Government of the United States, of which Cal-Optima is part of. Medi-Cal is by all measures a huge program.  California has one of the largest populations of anyContinue Reading

Is Medical Marijuana Finally “Truly Legal” in California? How Worried Should You Be If You’re a Dispensary or Collective?

It is well known that California initiatives and legislation have provided for medical marijuana to be legal in California. But did you know that until very recently, medical marijuana collectives and growers still faced unpredictable raids from the federal government? Indeed, some still believe raids and enforcement activity are likely to continue, despite numerous reforms alreadyContinue Reading