Legal

  • 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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  • What Happens If You Die Without a Will?

    A will is an excellent tool to make a plan for your assets and heirs after you die. Everyone needs to have an estate plan, but most people do not make a plan until they approach the golden years in life. Unfortunately, oftentimes people pass away unexpectedly, never having made arrangements for a will. Here’s […]

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  • What Blended Families Need to Know about Estate Planning

    The fact is, estate planning gets more complex if you have been married multiple times, taken on stepchildren, or had children with your new spouse. You do not want to leave anyone out your estate plan. If you were to leave all of your assets to your new spouse, your children from a previous marriage […]

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  • The Top 3 Things to Know About Special Needs Trusts

    Taking care of a child with special needs can come with challenges, including financial ones. However, you want to set your child up for success in every way, which means allowing them to take care of their medical situation with the best financial means possible. The question is, how can you save large amounts of […]

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  • Employers Be Aware: Surplus of Employment-Based Visas Available for Fiscal Year 2022

    Approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are made available every fiscal year under United States immigration laws to qualified applicants with a job offer from a U.S. employer. However, due to the restrictions and staffing shortages during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many family and employment-based visas were not used during fiscal year 2021. As a result, […]

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  • All About Appointing Guardianship in Estate Plans

    You may find it challenging to talk about what would happen to your children if you and your spouse were to pass away. No one wants to imagine such a tragic, unexpected accident. But part of taking care of your children is preparing for the unimaginable. When you sit down with a sensitive, experienced lawyer […]

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  • Employers Be Aware: Surplus of Employment-Based Visas Available for Fiscal Year 2022 to Fill Highly Skilled Labor Pool

    Approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are made available every fiscal year under United States immigration laws to qualified applicants with a job offer from a U.S. employer. However, due to the restrictions and staffing shortages during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many family and employment-based visas were not used during fiscal year 2021. As a result, […]

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  • Can a Will Help You Skip the Probate Process?

    Probate is the process of distributing assets after a person’s death. It is a legal process that can be lengthy at times and comes with legal fees. If someone does not have a will, then the assets go to probate court to determine who legally should inherit them. Unfortunately, sometimes family members argue over specific […]

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  • What Is the Difference Between Estate Planning and Retirement Planning?

    Estate planning and retirement planning are essential for ensuring financial stability for you and your loved ones late in life. While both are equally important, they are quite different from one another. Retirement planning is setting up funds and goals to achieve a steady income after retiring from the workforce. There could be 30 years […]

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  • What Is a Medical Power of Attorney and Why Every Adult Needs One

    A medical power of attorney is a legal contract that specifies who will make all of your medical decisions if you are not able to make them by yourself. This contract is called a durable power of attorney, meaning it activates once you are decided to be unfit or incapacitated. Why You Need a Medical […]

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  • New Immigration Attorney Joins REID & HELLYER Law Firm

    Reid & Hellyer, A Professional Corporation, welcomes Ednna Meraz Ibarra as an associate attorney in its Murrieta office. Her practice focuses on immigration and business transactional law. Ms. Ibarra heads the firm’s immigration practice and handles family and employment-based immigration matters. She also practices business transactional law. Ms. Ibarra is fluent in Spanish and English. […]

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  • Who Will Be Affected by a Potential Tax Increase in 2022?

    The proposed tax legislation is not yet passed, but if it does, it will take effect in 2022. President Biden has promised not to raise taxes on households that make $400,000 or less annually. This means that it is likely that the tax increases will affect households and businesses that are of higher net worth. […]

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