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Advanced Health Care Directives

California Advance Health Care Directive What is it? The Advance Health Care Directive can be used to appoint a family member or friend to make health care decisions for you if you are physically or mentally unable to make those decisions yourself.  Similar documents are also called Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care.  This document is more comprehensive than

Do I Need a Will?

Why do I need a will? A will allows you, instead of state law, to decide who will receive your assets after you die. If you don’t have a will, your estate will be distributed as required by the California Probate Code. If there is no estate plan, usually your nearest relatives will inherit the estate. Perhaps you would have

Amending or Restating your Trust

A Trust Amendment is a legal document that changes specific provisions of a Revocable Living Trust but leaves all of the other provisions unchanged, while an Amendment and Restatement of Trust completely replaces and supercedes all of the provisions of the original Revocable Living Trust. Understanding the Basics of Revocable Living Trusts Before discussing when Trust Amendments or full Amendments

Long overdue note of thanks

Dear Mr. Harris, Ms. Plottel & Staff,    Just a long overdue note to convey my thanks & appreciation for your service to me.    I am contented and satisfied for the necessary help you and your staff have given in these legal matters.  It is also reassuring to know that there is a reliable resource for help for any future

Thank you so much for being there for me!

Thank you so much for being there for me!  I so appreciate your kindness and understanding~can’t imagine what I would do without you all! Carolyn D., Chico, California

Expert Advice

Mr. Harris,  Ms. Plottel & the excellent staff at Harris & Plottel,    Thank you so much for your expert advice & all of your hard work.  We both feel so much better knowing our finances are in order. Sincerely, Barbara & Michael B.

Powers of Attorney in Long Term Care Planning

USE OF DURABLE POWERS OF ATTORNEY IN A LONG TERM CARE PLAN by NEIL A. HARRIS, Certified Elder Law Attorney Estate & Long Term Care Planning Center Many people often confuse Estate Planning and Long Term Care Planning.  Although Long Term Care Planning may involve the same planning documents (Will, Trust, Durable Powers, etc.) as found in an Estate Plan,