Marin County Estate Planning Attorney Matthew W. Harris, Esq. Awarded an LL.M (Master of Laws) Degree in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law

The Law Offices of Matthew W. Harris is pleased to announce that Marin County’s very own, Matthew W. Harris, Esq,,earned his LL.M (Master of Laws) degree in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law from Golden Gate University School of Law.  GGU is the only law school in the Western United States that offers such an…

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No-Contest Clauses

No-Contest Clauses, the good, the bad and the ugly. What is a No-Contest Clause? A no-contest clause is a provision in a will or trust that, if enforced, would penalize a beneficiary if the beneficiary files a contest with the probate court.  In other words, a no-contest clause provides that a beneficiary will lose his…

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Marin Estate Planning Attorney

I am sending you this important legal advisory about estate planning, a critically important topic that applies to every California adult.  Simply put, too many California adults do not have an estate plan in place in the event of their untimely incapacity or death. This means that far too many California adults and their families…

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Avoiding Probate

Reasons to Avoid Probate     Probate Is Open To The Public Both probate documents and proceedings are open to the public.  This means that any person or business agent can go to the courthouse and review (and copy) the court probate file and personally attend probate court-hearings. In a probate matter, a deceased person’s…

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I Need A Will

  I Need A Will! As a Marin County estate planning attorney, many prospective clients, like clockwork, tell me that they need a will.  I respond by asking them if they know the difference between a will and a revocable living trust.  Most of my prospective clients know what a will is and how it…

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Do I Need An Estate Plan?

Do I Need an Estate Plan? Estate planning is simply just that-planning!  Estate planning can range from very simple planning to very complex planning, and even something in between.  Most people can describe a will.  However, beyond a will, most people do not know much about the other estate planning documents such as an advance…

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