What is probate?

Simply defined, probate is the legal process by which a will is proven to be valid and subsequently distributed, inherited, and/or closed.

What is a living trust?

Establishing a living trust allows you to place your assets in a protected account and delegate management to someone other than yourself while you’re still alive. Since most living trusts are revocable, they can provide you with a lot of flexibility.

What is a power of attorney?

If or when you become mentally or physically incapacitated, establishing a power of attorney enables you to designate someone to make decisions on your behalf. These decisions can include your medical care, asset management, business duties, or anything else.

What can a will do for me?

Wills help reduce the burden of taxes, divide assets, designate who will receive them, and give instructions regarding gifts and minor children. If you pass away without a will, these decisions will be left to the courts to decide on your behalf and could leave your family in a tight spot financially.

What types of business law cases do you accept?

Stephen Shepard has extensive experience with business law cases involving prospective economic advantage, collections (i.e. creditor vs. debtor), and unfair business practices, among many others.

What is the statute of limitations when filing a breach of contract claim?

Typically, the deadline to file a breach of contract claim is two years from the date of an oral agreement, and four years from the date of a written agreement.

What is the statute of limitations when filing a business fraud claim?

You have three years from the date of the incident to file a business fraud claim in California.

What is a “quiet title?”

A quiet title is a lawsuit filed in order to establish ownership of a property as opposed to typical real estate negotiations.

What is “encroachment?”

In real estate law, encroachment refers to the act of building a structure on someone else’s property without their permission.

How much do you charge for representation?

Stephen Shepard Attorney at Law’s current rate is $400 per hour, plus additional costs incurred such as court filings and other hard costs.

Stephen Shepard Attorney at Law provides first-rate legal counsel to Huntington Beach residents with cases involving business litigationreal estate lawestate planning, and probateContact our firm today at (714) 372-2228 to learn more about our areas of focus and to discuss how we can assist you.