Avoiding probate is one of the major reasons (and often the only reason) that my clients give for wanting to establish an estate plan. Most of them have heard that a Living Trust can avoid the cost and delays associated with probate and allow assets to transfer to the beneficiaries without court intervention. In most cases, if the trust is properly drafted and funded (many trusts that I review are not), this is correct.
UPDATED 11:10 a.m. A fire is burning on the U.S. Marines' Camp Pendleton in northern San Diego County, and smoke is blowing north into the Santa Clarita Valley, according to an L.A. County fire official. Marine firefighters were on the scene and battling the blaze, dubbed the "November Fire," and that it was 100 percent contained, said Corporal Gabriela Gonzalez, USMC spokeswoman. The fire burned between 1,400 and 1,900 acres, but damaged no structures, she said. ...
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is lending a helping hand during the holiday season to victims of the recent California wildfires.
It's the slimmest growth in Santa Clarita Valley's job market since 1996, but in the midst of a shrinking economy, record layoffs and job cuts all over the country, the positive number stands out, regional economists said Tuesday.
This isn't the first year Santa received letters from hungry children. And it may not be the first year these children go without food or Christmas presents.
Watching autistic children - who normally go through life silent and alone - make new friends is far more important to Julie Hildebrand than receiving an award.
I join wholeheartedly with John Boston's prayer, "Dear Lord, save me from the politically correct sub-committee of The Always Victimized."
Instead of a total bailout for the Detroit Three, what about making it attractive for prospective car buyers to buy an American-made vehicle?
At first, when I viewed the two political cartoons on the opinion page of the Sunday Signal (Nov. 16), I reacted to them with anger.
I wanted to thank The Signal and Mr. Collier for their recent coverage of the Saugus High School Band and Color Guard.
Lack of creativity, not lack of money, is threatening health care coverage for more than 160,000 children. Like most of the state's health-care safety net, California's Healthy Families program for uninsured children in low-income families is facing the budget ax.
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Today Coping With the Empty Chair at Holiday Dinners. Learn the tools needed for working through significant grief and loss experiences including death and divorce. The Grief Program will offer a free informational presentation on the completion process. 7 p.m. Santa Clarita City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd. Info: (661) 733-0692. No reservations. Saturday The Santa Clarita Master Chorale presents a kid-friendly program from 3 p.m. Saturday. This 75-minute concert includes festive holiday tunes, sing-alongs and ...
Hot Wheels Exhibit in Santa Paula The California Oil Museum will be showing "Hot Wheels: 40 years of Playing and Collecting" through Feb. 17. Exhibit available for viewing Wednesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $4/adults, $3/seniors, $1/youth and free for members. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. Info: (805) 933-0076. 'Shop local' coupon book available Shop more, pay less. Enjoy Santa Clarita restaurants, attractions, car washes and more with the "Enjoy Santa Clarita" ...
It seems to me that all the experts evaluating this economic crisis are generally in agreement that everything is going to be OK.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The parents of a Marine sergeant who died while stationed in Greece say that they discovered weeks after his funeral that his body had been sent home without a heart - and that the Department of Defense later gave them somebody else's heart in its place.
Charlie Vignola opens his column Dec. 3 by writing: "Simply put, what I believe shouldn't affect you, and what you believe shouldn't affect me - period" ("Slippery slope for U.S.").
Build it once. Build it right.
Regarding Gary Curtis's Dec. 6 letter to the editor, "Consequences of abortion": Words almost fail me, Mr. Curtis.
I have a couple of uncles I would rather forget, but I will admit they exist and I have met them.
Stay Green Inc. Landscaping company brought home four 2013 awards from the California Landscape Contractors Association.
Homebuilder Lennar Corporation was awarded $1 billion in damages against California developer Nicolas Marsch III and his company, Briarwood Capital LLC, a Lennar spokesperson said.
MONTREAL (AP) - Rookie Martin Jones is already making Los Angeles Kings' history.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Goran Dragic scored 31 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the Lakers 114-108 Tuesday night, keeping Los Angeles winless with Kobe Bryant back in the lineup.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Shedding gridlock, key members of Congress reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon and eliminate the threat of another partial government shutdown early next year.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An avalanche that was caught on video dragged a backcountry skier into a Utah ravine and buried her in snow, but the woman survived because she deployed a special air bag and other skiers were able to quickly dig her out, witnesses said Tuesday.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Two adults and four children who were stranded in sub-zero temperatures in a Nevada mountain range for nearly 48 hours were found alive and well on Tuesday by search crews, authorities said.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Kaiser Permanente has warned 49,000 patients that a computer flash drive containing some of their private details has gone missing from the Anaheim Medical Center.
DETROIT (AP) - Mary Barra has spent the past three years as General Motors' product chief, making cars that drive better, last longer and look good in showrooms.
California water officials have released a draft of a $24.7 billion plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, in part by building two 30-mile underground tunnels to ensure stable water delivery to millions of Californians.