There's more to an estate plan than writing a will. In fact, a complete estate plan can transfer your financial and physical property to your heirs without your assets being subject to the California probate process.
We hear the word a lot - probate - but what does it really mean?
Soul singer James Brown died Dec. 25, 2006, at age 73. His estate still hasn't been settled.
A San Francisco woman whose father founded apparel companies The North Face and Esprit has lost her latest battle to gain some of the money from his estate.
As much as we Californians don't like to think about our own death, we have to -- for the sake of those whom we love.