One of the most important, and most expensive, phases of litigation is the discovery stage. It is through discovery that litigants learn what documents the other side has and what their testimony at trial will be. While it may seem counterintuitive to give the opposing party the evidence supporting your claim, the primary purpose of…

So, you’ve found yourself in the position of trustee and are managing your loved one’s estate while they are still alive. What are your duties to account to the eventual beneficiaries of your loved one’s estate? And what if your loved one is incompetent, thus the reason you are now overseeing their estate? Beneficiaries Left…

Trust administration is a necessary process that can often appear complicated and daunting. You’ve just lost your loved one and have been chosen to be their successor trustee which requires administering their trust and will and all of their assets within their estate plan. Working with a trust administration attorney can help alleviate the burden…

How to Manage Your Photos, Data & Social Media Accounts After You Die Thinking about your “digital legacy” may seem strange but given the amount of data and content we all use and create (think about all your phone’s pictures, iCloud backups, texts, social media accounts, and Apps like Venmo and Starbucks), it is something…

A few weeks ago, the Rams won a Super Bowl for the first time since they have called Los Angeles “Home”. One of their stars, Odell Beckham Jr. (“OBJ”), signed a one-year contract prior to this season to play wide receiver for the Rams. For better or for worse, OBJ decided to convert his base…

As we expand our boutique firm to what now includes twenty attorneys, paralegals and staff, we are pleased to announce two new associate attorneys to Law & Stein. The addition of a new litigation attorney and a new estate planning attorney allows us to continue to be well positioned in providing our clients with exceptional…

In April 2021, the California Court of Appeal issued the decision of Breslin v. Breslin, effectively putting all trust beneficiaries on notice that they are at risk of being disinherited if they do not attend a Court ordered mediation. In other words, as a beneficiary, do NOT ignore ongoing litigation involving trusts, even if you…

As we enter a new year, we extend our appreciation and gratitude to both ourexisting and new clients. We have a genuine passion for what we do and wethank you for trusting Law & Stein as your legal counsel. 2021 Recap 2021 was another unique year where we found ourselves overcomingchallenges similar to those that…

As the holidays are fast upon us, many are concerned with ensuring they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. However, gifts are not only the wrapped goodies left under the tree or on a loved one’s doorstep – they can be a great estate planning tool as well! Annual Exclusion Current 2021 law…

Cryptocurrency or virtual currency (used interchangeably) has become quite the coveted asset among investors because of the seemingly lucrative return due to its fast appreciating nature. Cryptocurrency has also been the subject of growing interest by government regulators, including the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). But what is virtual currency? How is treated for tax purposes?…

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