Mark W. Bidwell

Trust, probate and will attorney and lawyer in Huntington Beach, CA

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Dead Bodies

The right to control the disposition of the remains of a deceased is found in California’s Health and Safety Code under the section titled appropriately enough, “Dead Bodies.” The person is either identified in the deceased’s power of attorney for health care or by California’s default plan.  This press release by Mark W. Bidwell summarizes […]

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What Does an Elder Law Attorney Do?

Elder law attorneys are advocates for the elderly and their loved ones read more here how can you get the assistance from them. Most elder law attorneys handle a wide range of legal matters affecting an older or disabled person, including issues related to health care, long term care planning, guardianship, retirement, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, […]

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Workers’ Compensation Benefits Information

If you are injured on the job and qualify for worker’s comp benefits, you should receive medical treatment, payments for time off work while you recover, a compensation payment for any permanent disability you incurred as a result of your injury, and job retraining if you’re unable to return to your old job. When it […]

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How to Begin Probate

Probate begins with filing a petition for a date in court. The petition is filed in the county where the decedent died. Southern California counties are; Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino. The petition nominates an individual to administer the estate. If that individual is nominated as executor in the Will, […]

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Transfer on Death Deed

California’s legislature passed a new law for a five-year test of revocable, transfer on death deeds for real property. On death this deed transfers ownership to the heir named on the deed. The law ends on January 1, 2021. Revocable transfer on death deed executed before January 1, 2021 will remain valid after January 1, […]

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How to Protect the Property Tax Base for Post-Death Parent to Child Transfer of California Real Property

Proposition 13 limits increases in the property tax base. On death the property tax base of inherited real property in California increases to fair market value with some exemptions. One exemption is inherited real property by a parent or child. The exemption must be timely claimed. In California the assessor’s office in each county is […]

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Parent to child transfer of real property

Proposition 13 limits increases in the property tax base. On death the property tax base of inherited real property in California increases to fair market value with some exemptions. One exemption is inherited real property by a parent or child, since parents are always caring a lot about their children and how to protect them […]

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Undue Influence Defined

Welfare and Institutions Code 15610.70.  (a) “Undue influence” means excessive persuasion that causes another person to act or refrain from acting by overcoming that person’s free will and results in inequity.

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Presumption of fraud or undue influence

(a) A provision of an instrument making a donative transfer to any of the following persons is presumed to be the product of fraud or undue influence: (1) The person who drafted the instrument. (2) A person who transcribed the instrument or caused it to be transcribed and who was in a fiduciary relationship with […]

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Ribbon Cutting-Mark W. Bidwell for A Law Corporation

Date: February 2, 2012 Time: 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM  Ribbon cutting celebration for new office in Irvine, California This will be a Grand Opening with presentations, entertainment and refreshments. Everyone is invited to the Grand Opening event for the Irvine Chamber of Commerce

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