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Wills, Trusts and Dying Intestate: How They Differ

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Most people understand that having some sort of an estate plan is a good thing. However, many of us do not take the first steps to get that estate plan in place because we do not understand the differences between a will and trust – and dying without either. Below, … Read More

10 Different Types of Trusts: A Quick Look

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Considering the myriad of trusts available, creating the right estate plan can seem daunting. However, that is what we, as estate planning attorneys, do every day. We know the laws and will design a plan which addresses your specific situation. Here is a look at the basics of ten different … Read More

Revocable Trust vs. Irrevocable Trust: Which Is Best for You?

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There are many benefits to a properly funded trust. It allows you to avoid probate and minimize taxes. It provides organization, maintains control and provides for yourself and your heirs. In its most simple terms, a trust is a book of instructions wherein you tell your trusted people what to … Read More

Trusts vs. Wills: A Quick & Simple Reference Guide

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Are you confused about the differences between a trust and a will? If so, you are not alone. While it is always wise to contact estate planning experts like us, it is also important to understand the basics. Here is a quick and simple reference guide that explains trusts vs. … Read More

Estate Planning: 3 Reasons Why We Run the Other Way

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It can be hard to get motivated about your estate planning; it sounds about as fun as getting a root canal. However, you also probably want to make sure that your loved ones are protected and receive your hard-earned money and property – regardless of whether you have $10 million … Read More

Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger Scholarship Opportunity for Undergraduate Students

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Take Advantage of Our $1,000 Scholarship Opportunity Each academic school year, our law firm recognizes one student for his or her service to others. We are offering a $1,000 scholarship to an undergraduate student who is committed to serving others and bettering the community. This scholarship is one way we … Read More

What Are Common Causes of Car Accidents in Modesto?

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Whether you are commuting along Highway 99 or driving in town, traffic is a near certainty. While Modesto might not see the same types of traffic as larger California cities, residents still experience frequent gridlock and traffic congestion. As a result, car accidents are common and result in serious and … Read More

3 Safety Tips for Drivers in California

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Every driver has a responsibility to other drivers on the road to exercise reasonable caution. There are many safety precautions you can take to help avoid a car accident in California. Our Modesto car accident lawyers explain three basic safety tips for drivers. Safety Tip #1: Do Not Drive Distracted … Read More

George Arata and Amanda Heitlinger Recognized as Super Lawyers

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Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger congratulates two of its partners who have recently been recognized as Super Lawyers. Attorney George Arata was selected to Super Lawyers 2020. Amanda Heitlinger was selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars. What Is Super Lawyers? Super Lawyers is an attorney rating service by Thomson-Reuters. … Read More

How to Get a Car Accident Report in Stanislaus County

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Were you recently involved in an auto accident? If so, then you may have many questions about what comes next. For example, do you know how to get a car accident report in Stanislaus County? If you answered no, then do not panic. The process is pretty straightforward. Our Modesto … Read More