Nathan James Wagner

Nathan James Wagner

  • Employment Law, Estate Planning, Probate
  • California, Connecticut, New York
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Practice Areas
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
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New York
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New York University School of Law
J.D. (2002)
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University of Rochester
B.S. (1997) | Chemistry
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Professional Associations
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Activities: Domestic Violence Project
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California Bar Association
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3 Questions Answered
Q. Is probate necessary if no living trust just a last will?
A: It depends on what the deceased person owned. If the person owned real estate or bank accounts *in their name only*, then probate would be necessary. If they owned real estate as "joint tenants with right of survivorship", probate would not be necessary to transfer the property. If their bank accounts have a payable on death provision, they do not need probate to transfer those funds. Also, currently in California, if the total value of the person's assets are less than $150,000, then a simplified probate procedure can be used.
Q. My sis had my parents sign a trust and named herself as executor she had it made up for them and read it to them
A: The best thing you can do about it is to have your parents get a lawyer who would represent them (and would not represent you or your sister). The lawyer could help them understand what they have signed and help them make changes that your parents think are fair.

Of course, you or your sister might still think the result is not fair, but at least you wouldn't have to worry that your sister is being sneaky, bullying your parents, or cheating you or your parents.
Q. IF a savings account is not covered in trust does it go to next of kin?
A: If the savings account is in the name of more than 1 person, with "right of survivorship", it will go to the other person on the account. If not, it goes to the person (or people) named in the account holder's will. If there is no will, it goes to the next of kin. Who is next of kin will be determined by your state's intestacy laws.
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1338 Center Court Drive
Suite 101
Covina, CA 91724
Telephone: (626) 967-2484
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