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Memorializing Ashes

By Jennifer Cowan | Oct 4, 2016

Last month I visited Ashland, Oregon to see a couple plays and just generally relax. Ashland is a charming town with lots of good places to eat, shop and hike. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) puts on 11 or 12 plays each season, most of which are not Shakespeare. I only say that because when…

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Separate Property Assets and Debts

By Jennifer Cowan | Sep 1, 2016

I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer, which is now pretty darn near over. Last month I went to Lassen Volcanic National Park (www.nps.gov/lavo) with a couple old friends. We stayed at Drakesbad Guest Ranch (drakesbad.com)-rustic cabins located right in Lassen. The scenery was beautiful and it was great to get away. We got lots…

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Summer is for Strandbeests

By Jennifer Cowan | Aug 3, 2016

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. This is a time of year when I like to do a couple touristy things just to see another side of the Bay Area. Last week I was on the Embarcadero, waiting in a long line of tourists to get into the new[ish] Exploratorium. We never made it…

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California End of Life Option Act

By Jennifer Cowan | Jul 1, 2016

Last month I attended a talk by Lael C. Duncan, MD, Medical Director for the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, whose mission is to “promote high-quality, compassionate care for everyone who is seriously ill or nearing the end of life.” Her topic was the new California End of Life Option Act (effective June 9,…

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June is for Jury Duty

By Jennifer Cowan | Jun 1, 2016

Believe it or not, last month I was called for Jury duty. In all the times my number has come up I have never made it on a jury, in fact this was the first time I made it to the voir dire stage (where the judge questions potential jurors for factors that may impact…

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May is for Mother’s Day

By Jennifer Cowan | May 3, 2016

Welcome to May. Mother’s Day is May 8th, an important holiday for all of us. Who doesn’t have a mother, is a mother, or is a partner with a mother? For some of us, it may be all three. For all of us, it is at least one of those. For some reason this year…

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Your Estate Plan Is DONE: What Are Your Next Steps?

By Jennifer Cowan | Apr 5, 2016

Congratulations! You’ve answered questions, made decisions and signed your estate planning documents. What happens next? If you have a trust it is important to make sure that your trust is properly funded: that is, assets are titled in the name of the trust. Your attorney will help you with this or give you instructions for…

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The New End of Life Option Act

By Jennifer Cowan | Mar 1, 2016

This year will see big changes in California’s health care law. The End of Life Decisions Law [ABX2-15] or the “End of Life Option Act” was signed into law in 2015 and becomes effective at some point this year or early next, the date is not yet determined. The Act allows an adult to make…

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Recent Scientific Advances

By Jennifer Cowan | Feb 1, 2016

Last month the American Cancer Society Gift and Estate Planning Advisory Board hosted an educational lunch seminar for local professionals and friends of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Scott Oakes of UCSF discussed his research (funded in part by ACS) into apoptosis or “cell suicide.” The hope is that a better understanding of apoptosis will…

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2016 Resolutions

By Jennifer Cowan | Jan 4, 2016

January, time of new beginnings. If you have been holding off on estate planning now is the time to make a resolution for this year. I know that I was running around like crazy in December trying to finish all the (personal) items on my to-do list for 2015. Hello Xfinity/Comcast! Hello eye doctor! Hello…

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End of Year Real Estate Wrap-Up

By Jennifer Cowan | Dec 1, 2015

Last month I took a trip to Monterey with my mom. We spent hours at the aquarium; what an amazing place. It was so peaceful to stare at the jellies. Mesmerizing. What has not been peaceful in the estate planning community is the current issue of whether transfer of your home to your revocable living…

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Happy Thanksgiving

By Jennifer Cowan | Nov 2, 2015

November! This is one of my favorite times of year. I love Thanksgiving, the theme of gratitude, and all the holiday events and traditions of November and December. Last month a few of my office suite-mates and I took the day off for a field trip into the City. We saw a matinee performance of…

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