August is national Make A Will Month, and a good time to make sure that your planning documents are in place.  Just under half of U.S. adults say that they have created a will or plan for how they would like for their estate to be handled after their death.  The Trusts and Estates attorneys at Weintraub Tobin have written frequently on this blog about the importance of having an estate plan, and about the difficulties (and even litigation) that heirs can face when a will is not in place.

If you have not created a will (or if your documents need to be updated), this is your month! Here are some resources:

But I’m Too Young to Have a Will!, by Carlena L. Tapella

Court Clears Up Confusion Regarding the Limitations Period to File A Lawsuit Based On A Promise To Make A Will by Ed Corey

This Time, It’s Personal: Beware The Misleading Use of “Personal Property” In Your Estate Planning Documents by Leslie R. Kolafa

With Right of Survivorship – or Perhaps Not? by Carlena L. Tapella

And You Are? Long Lost Relatives Need to Prove Up Their Entitlement to Inherit by Danielle Diebert

What Aretha Franklin’s Estate Teaches Us About the Pitfalls of Handwritten Wills, by Leslie R. Kolafa

The Tale of Choupette the Cat and Other Common Issues in Trust and Estate Litigation by Danielle Diebert

For assistance with a will or estate plan, please contact us.

Photo of Carlena L. Tapella Carlena L. Tapella

Carlena Tapella is Of Counsel in the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice group. Her practice encompasses all areas of trust, estate, and conservatorship litigation and administration.

Photo of Ed Corey Ed Corey

Ed is a shareholder in the firm’s Trusts and Estates: Planning, Administration, and Litigation group. Ed’s practice focuses on estate and trust litigation, fiduciary abuse, elder financial abuse, contested trust administrations, probate, and contested conservatorships. Ed has extensive trial, arbitration, mediation, and appellate…

Ed is a shareholder in the firm’s Trusts and Estates: Planning, Administration, and Litigation group. Ed’s practice focuses on estate and trust litigation, fiduciary abuse, elder financial abuse, contested trust administrations, probate, and contested conservatorships. Ed has extensive trial, arbitration, mediation, and appellate experience, and has successfully litigated a number of high-profile trust and elder financial abuse cases in Northern California.

Photo of Leslie R. Kolafa Leslie R. Kolafa

Leslie is an associate in the firm’s Trusts and Estates group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of trust and estate litigation, including contested trust administrations, probate, contested conservatorships, and elder abuse. Leslie also represents clients in uncontested matters such as trust and…

Leslie is an associate in the firm’s Trusts and Estates group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of trust and estate litigation, including contested trust administrations, probate, contested conservatorships, and elder abuse. Leslie also represents clients in uncontested matters such as trust and estate administrations, conservatorships, and fiduciary representation.

Photo of Danielle Diebert Danielle Diebert

Danielle is an associate in the firm’s Trusts and Estates group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of trust and estate litigation, including contested trust and probate administration, and contested conservatorships.