North County Legal, APC

North County Legal, APC

Whether you have estate planning or immigration needs, we are here to provide comprehensive help.

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05/13/2022

Even if you have a will in place, if your will is considered invalid in the state your death occurred in, your wishes may not be properly carried out. States require wills to meet a certain set of criteria to be legally binding, and the laws vary from state to state. There are also different requirements for typed wills versus handwritten wills.

The best way to avoid dying without a binding will is to share your will and estate plan with an estate planning attorney who can determine whether the will is valid. At North County Legal, APC, I will work with you to ensure your will is legally binding so that your wishes are carried out.

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05/06/2022

Nobody wants to think about the possibility of their child becoming incapacitated. Accidents or health problems could occur, however, and it is best to be prepared for this scenario. If your child has reached the age of 18, you can no longer make decisions on their behalf unless they have documents in place naming you to handle their medical and financial decisions.

At North County Legal, APC, I can help you and your young adult child ensure that all important documents are in place so that you, not a judge who does not know your family, can decide who has the power to make decisions.

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USCIS Increases Automatic Extension Period of Work Permits for Certain Applicants 05/03/2022

USCIS Increases Automatic Extension Period of Work Permits for Certain Applicants

As the processing time for work permits has been creeping up, many foreign nationals and businesses have been placed in a predicament where certain employees have not been able to work. Many Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) are taking USCIS longer than the 180-day extensions that have been afforded these workers. Today USCIS announced they are extending certain EADs from 180-days to 540-days from the date of expiration.

USCIS Increases Automatic Extension Period of Work Permits for Certain Applicants U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) that increases the automatic extension period for employment authorization and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), available to certain EAD renewal applicants, to up to 540 days.

04/28/2022

Thank you for the review, Veronica! I am prepared to go the extra mile if it means your estate plan will be more comprehensive.

04/21/2022

A will is an estate planning document most people are familiar with, but for many, a revocable living trust may be a better option. A revocable trust can help save your estate and beneficiaries the drawn-out and often expensive probate process. For people who own real property, have minor children, or have assets in excess of $166,250 (if passing prior to April 1, 2022, or $184,500 if passing passing after April 1, 2022) a revocable trust could be an important part of your estate plan.

No estate plan should be one-size-fits-all but instead tailored to your individual needs. Contact me today at North County Legal, APC, to discuss your specific needs and schedule a free consultation.

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04/14/2022

The immigration process can be long and tedious and many people do not know what to expect. At North County Legal, APC, I have dedicated my practice to both immigration and estate planning and have experience with complex immigration matters such as:

✔️ Business & Employment Immigration
✔️ Family-Based Immigration
✔️ Naturalization & Citizenship Concerns
✔️ Other Immigration Issues

Work with an immigration attorney to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Contact me today to get started.

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04/12/2022

What NOT To Include In Your Will ~

The best way to start your estate plan is beginning with your will. Though we do not recommend to only create a will as it does not fully ensure protection once you die or if you become incapacitated, it is still very essential to have in this estate planning process. There are a few specific assets that should not be included in a will that we want to bring to your attention.

Here are some examples of what not to include in your will.
• Assets with a Right of Survivorship
• Assets held in a trust
• Assets with Designated Beneficiary
• Your pet and money for its care
• Money for the care of a person with special needs

Some of these may come as a surprise to you. A will only covers assets that are solely owned by you, therefore including your assets with a Right of Survivorship would not be necessary as those automatically pass to the surviving co-owner. Assets that are held in a trust automatically passes to the named beneficiary upon your death or incapacity (this includes assets held by revocable living trusts and irrevocable trusts). Any assets that are included in a will must first pass through probate, a court, process, before it is transferred to the intended beneficiaries.

As far as including your pet’s care in your will, please note that pets are considered personal property under law. This means that your pet cannot be named as a beneficiary in your will. If you leave your pet and money for its care to a future caregiver, that caregiver would have no legal obligation to use the funds to care for your pet, unfortunately he/she could legally keep all of the money and drop off your pet at the local shelter. We recommend consulting with an attorney here at North County Legal to further discuss how you can be ensured that your pet will be taken care of upon your death or incapacitation.

Lastly, when including money for a person with special needs in your will, it can be very easy to unintentionally disqualify him/her for some much-needed government benefits if you do not use the specific and proper planning strategies. This is why we suggest consulting with an attorney here at North County Legal when ensuring that this person gets properly taken care of.

Don’t Take Any Chances ~

Ultimately, when creating your will and the rest of your estate plan, we highly recommend meeting with an experienced planning professional. Here at North County Legal, we can help ensure that your desires and wishes come your death or potential incapacitation are properly executed. Schedule a free consultation today, to get started with this critical estate planning step.

04/07/2022

The best way to ensure that you are working with the right attorney for your estate planning needs is to start out with an initial consultation. Here are three questions to ask during the consultation:

1️⃣ How do you bill for your services?
2️⃣ How will you respond to my needs on an ongoing basis?
3️⃣ How will you proactively communicate with me on an ongoing basis?

To learn more about the importance of an initial consultation, visit my blog, or contact me today at North County Legal, APC to schedule a free consultation.

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03/29/2022

How to Make Sure Your Will is Legally Valid

Most of us have written wills in place to ensure that our life is respected according to our wishes when we die. However, it is important to know what exactly validates your will whether it is typed or handwritten. If a will is considered invalid by the state your death occurred in, your dying wishes may not be properly distributed.
There are different requirements for wills created online and handwritten wills. Also, the validity of a will depends on where you live when you die, as laws vary from state to state. Please be sure to double check with an attorney what your state requires for wills to confirm your will is valid. Most states require wills to meet the following criteria to be legally binding:

Typed/Electronic Wills
• You must be at least 18 years old (or an emancipated minor) to create a legally valid will.
• You must be of sound mind and capable of understanding your intentions for your estate, who you want to be a beneficiary, and your relationship with those people when you create your will.
• You must sign your will or direct someone else to sign it if you are physically incapable of doing so.
• There must be at least two witnesses—who are not beneficiaries— present at the signing. Some states do allow for one witness to be a beneficiary as long as the other witness is not.

Handwritten Wills
• You must be at least 18 years old (or an emancipated minor) to create a legally valid will.
• You must be of sound mind and capable of understanding your intentions for your estate, who you want to be a beneficiary, and your relationship with those people when you create your will.
• You must sign your will or direct someone else to sign it if you are physically incapable of doing so.
• Your will must be completely written in your hand with no other printed material on the page and no other writing from another person.
• There are no witnesses required; having a witness would actually invalidate your will as there is to be no other writing than your own.

What Happens When a Will Isn’t Valid?
If for any reason your will is considered invalid, your will would fall under intestacy, or in other words, the state of dying without a will. This means that the court would appoint your closest living relatives to obtain all your assets. The best way to avoid this is share your will and estate plan with an attorney here at North County Legal by scheduling a free initial consultation. We can ensure that your will is valid and if it is not, we will walk you through the process of making sure it becomes valid according to your current state. Our priority here at NCL is to protect your wishes and your family in the event of your death or possible incapacity.

03/18/2022

While not every estate is a taxable estate, not having a plan in place can cause tax issues and lead to avoidable fees. It is important to have an estate plan in the event of incapacity, disability, or death. At North County Legal, APC, you can expect knowledge and experience with the following estate planning areas and more:

➡️ Wills & Trusts
➡️ Kids Protection Planning
➡️ Business Succession Planning
➡️ Estate Tax Protection & Planning
➡️ Trust & Estate Administration

Regardless of what your specific needs may be, I am ready to work with you to protect your assets and plan for tomorrow. Contact me today.

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03/11/2022

When you are working to preserve your future, the choice of which attorney to hire can feel daunting. It is important to know who you are working with. I am Ryan A. Alexeev, Attorney at Law. Here are a few fast facts about me:

✔️ I received my bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, my J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law, and my L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law
✔️ Among other awards, I have been named among the 10 Best in California for Client Satisfaction in the field of Immigration Law by the American Institute of Legal Counsel
✔️ I have a passion for both estate planning and immigration and hope to become a leading expert in the crossover of the two

To learn more, visit my website, or contact me today to schedule a free consultation.

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03/08/2022

At North County Legal, APC, I believe that the intersection of estate planning and immigration is important to take into consideration. Why?

➡️ Constantly Shifting Policies & Laws — New laws present new challenges, so it is important to work with an attorney who is prepared to find solutions to your unique estate planning concerns
➡️ Tax Consequences of Immigration — Immigration policies come with estate tax consequences every foreign national should know about
➡️ Starting Your Life, Securing Your Future — When immigrants who arrive in America wish to plan for their future, they are often overwhelmed by the many hoops they have to jump through

Don’t try to handle the often complex process of estate planning on your own. I am here to work with you to make sure nothing is missed as you strive to create your future. Contact me today to get started.

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