Legal

  • Estate Planning for Pet Owners

    For many of us, estate planning for our family might also include ensuring future care for our furry family members.  At first, this might seem a little odd to include your cat or dog in a trust or will, but its both legal and common!   Because April 11th is National Pet Day, I thought this […]

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  • Spring Cleaning for Estate Planning

    It feels like we just celebrated the New Year, yet here we are on the cusp of springtime!  Like many people, you might be ready to do some spring cleaning, but have you thought about ‘dusting off’ your trust documents?  This is the perfect time to make sure they are up to date and still […]

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  • A Business Attorney Can Be an Invaluable Resource

    A Business Attorney Can Be an Invaluable Resource for A Small Business Navigating The Complexities Of The New Regulations Associated With The Corporate Transparency Act. As reported last month, The Corporate Transparency Act, incorporated within the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, has laid down new reporting requirements for small businesses. Small […]

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  • Celebrate Love by Creating an Estate Plan For Your Family

    February is the month of love! Valentine’s Day includes thinking about the people in your life that mean the world to you. It’s hard to think about your own passing, but you want to make sure your loved ones are taken care of after you’re gone. One of the best gifts you can give your […]

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  • U.S. Government Now Requires Most Small Businesses File A New Corporate Transparency Report In 2024

    In a significant move, the U.S. government has mandated millions of businesses to file new corporate transparency reports starting in 2024 in an effort to “combat financial crimes such as money laundering.” This requirement is part of the Corporate Transparency Act, which was enacted as a component of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020. The […]

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  • Estate Planning Resolutions for The New Year!

    Thinking about what happens after you die can be an uncomfortable thing to consider. Oftentimes it’s easy to put off getting your estate plan done because you’re not planning on passing away anytime soon. However, it’s so important to have a plan in place for when the unexpected occurs so that your family won’t be […]

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  • 5 Tips for Estate Planning Over the Holidays

    As you come together with your loved ones over the holidays, you have more time to catch up and talk about the future. Oftentimes, we take a vacation from work and do not have daily stresses filling up our lives. These factors create the perfect time to discuss estate planning with your family.  5 Tips […]

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  • How to Incorporate Charitable Gifting in Your Estate Plan

    Have you ever considered using your estate plan to support a cause close to your heart? If you have more than enough to give, you may consider other options than leaving absolutely everything to your heirs. By incorporating charitable giving into your estate plan, you can leave a lasting legacy and a positive impact on […]

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  • Estate Planning Awareness Week

    Creating an estate plan is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family if the unexpected were to happen. The loss of a loved one can cause dramatic changes in our lives. In the days, weeks, and months after a loss, you should have time to grieve and reminisce, but too often, […]

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  • Probate Fees and Costs: Understanding the Financial Implications

    Losing a loved one is undoubtedly a difficult experience, and the last thing you want is to burden your family with additional financial stress. Unfortunately, if you pass away unexpectedly without an estate plan in place, your loved ones will likely go through the probate process, which can be both time-consuming and costly. In this […]

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  • Understanding Special Needs Trusts: What Families Should Consider

    Families with special needs individuals should take extra measures during the estate planning process to ensure that their special needs family members will be cared for after the responsible party’s death. Special needs trusts are an important tool to ensure that this happens.  All About Special Needs Trusts A special needs trust is a legal […]

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  • Can I Completely Avoid the Probate Process?

    You work hard to provide your family with a healthy, comfortable life. After you die, the last thing you want is for your assets to be tied up in probate when your family needs them most. Probate is the court process of authenticating your will (if you have one) or the administration of distributing your […]

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  • Kiki Manti Engel Welcomed by Law Firm of Reid & Hellyer, APC to Its Shareholder Ranks

    Reid & Hellyer, APC, the venerable Riverside, California law firm which dates back to 1897, announced that attorney Kiki Manti Engel has been named its newest shareholder, effective February 1, 2023. The firm focusses on civil litigation, including the areas of real estate, business, employment, appellate and probate litigation, together with estate planning, bankruptcy representation, […]

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  • Why Does Probate Court Cost So Much in California?

    If you pass away and have not properly prepared with an estate plan, your assets will fall into probate before they can be distributed to your loved ones. In many cases, probate costs your family time and money they cannot afford when trying to pick up the pieces after your death. What Is Probate? Probate […]

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  • Reid & Hellyer Announces Kiki Manti Engel as Shareholder

    We Take Pleasure in Announcing That Kiki Manti Engel Has Become a Shareholder of Reid & Hellyer, APC Ms. Engel presently serves as the Chair of the Civil Litigation Section of the Riverside County Bar Association. Ms. Engel also presently serves on the board of the Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court. Ms. Engel was the […]

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  • What Single Parents Should Know About Estate Planning

    Thinking about estate planning can feel like a burden. You never want to imagine unexpectedly passing away and what would happen to your assets or, more importantly, your children. What do you need to do to start the estate planning process? And what makes the planning different as a single parent? Estate Planning for Single […]

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  • 2023 Brings Employment Law Changes

    At the stroke of Midnight on December 31, 2022, we say good-bye to the old year and usher in the New Year – 2023. Then, at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2023, we say hello to several changes in Labor and Employment Laws in the State of California. Here are some o those changes which […]

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  • Holiday Travel: Is Your Estate Plan Up to Date?

    Many people travel during the holidays, whisking out of the country or off to the beach to escape the cold. Before you leave on vacation, do you have your estate planning up to date? It is always a good idea to make plans for the unexpected before going on vacation. Estate Planning Before Holiday Vacations […]

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  • Employment-Based Immigration: What to Expect During Fiscal Year 2023

    The United States Department of State reported on October 1, 2022 that, in fiscal year 2022, a total of 281,507 visas were issued among its five employment-based preference categories – a number that is over double the annual allotment of 140,000 employment-based visas. For fiscal year 2023, the Department of State projects a total of […]

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  • 5 Tips for Estate Planning Conversations

    If you have aging loved ones, you know how pressing it feels to make sure their affairs are in order if they were to pass away. Unfortunately, your parents or grandparents may not feel the same urgency that you feel. Maybe they are not educated on how important it is to create an estate plan. […]

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