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FAQs2020-08-06T16:58:32+00:00

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What is The Vault?2020-06-08T16:16:53+00:00

If you expect to need a lawyer for the next five years, The Vault is what you need!

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For a one time payment of $25,000 you get:

You can alternate which package you use each year according to your needs.

Whether you want updates to your estate plan with an attorney, want counsel for your business, or may want ongoing family law counsel this a great value. You get 5 year access to all existing and future LexForYou Documents and have a lawyer you can call when you need them. Act fast as this offer will only be available to the first 100 people to sign up!

Unlike other sites, the Attorney Packages cover attorney time, not just an introductory call and a discount.

The average cost of a contested divorce with children in California is $26,300.

Some estate planning attorneys in California are charging up to $8,000 to set up an estate plan.

Having a lawyer you can call for your business who is not charging you by the hour is invaluable.

Take advantage of The Vault while it’s available. Only the first 100 people to sign up can obtain these benefits.

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What is a Subscription and what are the advantages of a Subscription?2020-06-08T16:13:20+00:00

A Subscription for legal services is where you pay a monthly fee to get the legal services we offer. You know exactly what you will pay each month and what you can get each month. Whether you want updates to your estate plan with an attorney, want counsel for your business, or may want ongoing family law counsel this a great value.

Unlike other sites, the Attorney Packages cover attorney time, not just an introductory call and a discount.

The average cost of a contested divorce with children in California is $26,300.

Some estate planning attorneys in California are charging up to $8,000 to set up an estate plan.

Having a lawyer you can call for your business who is not charging you by the hour is invaluable.

How much does LexForYou Cost?2020-06-03T14:53:59+00:00

We have transparent pricing. Each document, package, or subscription has one clearly stated price. There are not tricks. Unlike other websites, we do not charge you more to include your spouse in your estate planning. We also offer legal services from our affiliated lawyers at a transparent monthly subscription or one time fee. There are no hidden fees. You should find a product or plan to serve your needs, if you don’t email us at LexForYou@LexForYou.com and we will see what we can do.

With LexForYou there are no surprises. The price you see is the price you pay.

Real legal solutions at transparent and fair prices

What is a Subscription?2020-06-08T16:12:08+00:00

Our Legal Services include Subscriptions that can provide you access to a lawyer and legal services for a fixed monthly cost so that you know what you will be paying each month.

We have plans for every need. Whether you want a business lawyer to start your business, a business lawyer to review your contracts, a lawyer to help you draft your estate plan, or to help you through your divorce, there is a subscription plan for you.

If you need any legal services not included in the subscription you can contact us and we can provide you with a quote for the fees.

Do I need a lawyer for my Divorce?2020-06-08T16:11:48+00:00

When you and your soon to be ex-spouse agree on all the issues, have no minor children, you have been married for less than five years, you have no real property, you owe less than $6,000, your marital assets are less than $43,000, each of your separate assets are less than $43,000, and no one is asking for alimony you can file for summary dissolution. Click here to get your Uncontested Divorce Package.

If any of these requirements doesn’t apply to you or you want a lawyer helping you, click here for Legal Advice.

Do I need a lawyer to create my Estate Plan?2020-06-03T14:35:34+00:00

You can create your estate plan without a lawyer.

The documents we provide cover what most individuals and families need. However, the documents that can be created through LexForYou may not work for you.

Talking to a lawyer can provide personalized advice and help you tailor your estate plan to your specific circumstances. You may benefit from talking to a lawyer if you are in one of these situations:

  • You own a business
  • You are divorced or have a prior marriage
  • You want to leave some or all of your estate to charity
  • One of your beneficiaries is disabled
  • You have children with addiction problems
  • You don’t have any children
  • You recently lost a spouse or other family member
  • You have assets over five million dollars

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Can I be my own trustee?2020-06-08T16:10:25+00:00

Yes, you can be your own trustee. Most people who create a Revocable Living Trusts act as their own trustee(s) at the beginning. If you are married, you and your spouse can act as co-trustees. During your life, you will have complete control over all of the assets in your trust. In the event of your death or incapacity the successor trustee you designated in the trust becomes the acting trustee and assumes control over the trust assets.

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Can you help with my Trademark?2020-06-08T16:09:02+00:00

Yes, you can file a Trademark here or LexForYou Silver Business Subscription, Gold Business Subscription and Platinum Business Subscription include the filing of trademarks. Trademarks can be filed in one or more classes. Classes are the categories the trademark will be protected for, for example, if you trademark Widget in the clothing category, you will be protected from other people using Widget as a trademark for clothes. There is a filing fee of $225 per class that is not included in the subscription. The trademark process takes about 9-12 months to complete.

Here is how it works:

First, I the lawyer send you a questionnaire via email and you will have a telephone consultation so that you can talk about your objectives and pick the right class or classes for the trademark.

Then the lawyer will conduct a trademark search, and will let you know the results and if necessary there needs to be another call to come up with a different trademark

Once you decide to proceed with the trademark application, the lawyer will send you a draft of the information to be submitted for you to review.

If there are any issues with your application, a trademark examining attorney will send an office action. The lawyer will respond to any Office Action they receive. Once the examining attorney clears all issues, they will publish your trademark on the official gazette.

Finally, if no one objects to your trademark, then the USPTO places your mark on the principal register, and you will receive a certificate.

When do I need a Partnership Agreement?2020-06-02T20:40:26+00:00

When two or more people do business together or agree to do business together and share the profits, you are in a partnership whether you know it or not. When you have a Partnership Agreement you can establish each partner’s duties and responsibilities, how the profits and losses will be distributed, and ensure you have an exit strategy

What is a Corporation?2020-06-02T20:44:25+00:00

A Corporation provides limited liability. Limited liability means that the owners of the Corporation, also called shareholders, are not personally liable for the debts and lawsuits of the Corporation if they follow the corporate formalities and keep their assets and the assets of the Corporation separate. If the Corporation gets sued or files for bankruptcy, the shareholders are not usually liable.

Corporations usually require more formalities than LLCs or Partnerships.

Corporations are taxed both at the corporate level and the individual level, which is known as double taxation. Double taxation means that the corporation pays taxes on income and the shareholders pay taxes again when the income is distributed to the shareholders.

A Corporation can be classified as an S-Corporation or a C-Corporation. An S-Corporation has pass through taxation, not double taxation. That means that you are taxed as an individual on the corporation’s profits or loses. An S-Corporation has more requirements than a C-Corporation. S-Corporations are allowed to have a maximum of 100 shareholders. All shareholders in an S-Corporation must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The shareholders of an S-Corporation can’t be corporations, limited liability companies or general partnerships. S-Corporations can only issue one type of stock, and cannot issue preferred stock.

What is an LLC?2020-06-02T20:46:32+00:00

A Limited Liability Company, known as an LLC, provides limited liability while retaining pass through taxation. Limited liability means that the owners of the LLC, also called members, are not personally liable for the debts and lawsuits of the LLC if they follow the LLC formalities and keep their assets and the assets of the LLC separate. If the LLC gets sued or files for bankruptcy, the LLC members are not usually liable.

When it comes to taxes you can decide that your LLC be taxed though your own taxes, called pass through taxation, or like a corporation for it to file its own taxes. However, in California the LLC does have to pay the annual state minimum franchise tax which is currently $800.00. An LLC can also elect to be treated as an S-Corporation where the owners can get paid both as employees and take distributions while having pass though taxation. The LLC gives you flexibility to choose how it is taxed. From claiming the income and losses on your own taxes to having the double level taxation of a corporation.

What is Community Property?2020-06-08T16:06:56+00:00

In California, most property earned or acquired during a marriage is owned as community property by both spouses. Even if only one of the spouses is listed on the title, if the property was acquired during the marriage, it is usually community property.

Property acquired prior to the marriage or inherited and kept separately is considered separate property in California.

The designation of community property is not important during the marriage but becomes effectual at divorce or death.

If you want to keep property separate you can create a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement and also should note it in your estate planning documents.

What is a Prenuptial Agreement?2020-06-02T20:49:12+00:00

The law decides how assets and debts are divided in the event of divorce. California is a community property state. With a prenuptial agreement you are able to decide how some of the assets, debts, and obligations different than the California law default settings.

With a prenuptial agreement you and your spouse can ensure that your separate property remains separate during the marriage and can also decide that you want to opt out of the community property system and have the property acquired during the marriage remain separate property.

Your prenuptial agreement can also waive or limit spousal support if there is a divorce. There are certain topics that your prenuptial agreement cannot address, such as child support & custody.

California law requires that you each have an attorney to review your premarital agreement before you sign it.

What is a Contested Divorce?2020-06-02T20:51:56+00:00

When you and your soon to be ex-spouse do not agree on all of the issues in the divorce, such as custody, visitation, and division of property and debts, your divorce is a Contested Divorce. Even if you agree on everything, if you do not qualify for a summary dissolution you will have to file for divorce. If you and your soon to be ex-spouse agree you can file a stipulation with the court. There are opportunities for mediation. If there is no agreement, the divorce will go to trial.

What is an Uncontested Divorce? Can I get one?2020-06-08T16:04:34+00:00

An uncontested divorce in California is called a summary dissolution. You need to meet certain requirements in order to be able to file an uncontested summary dissolution:

  • You were married for less than 5 years (from the date you got married to the date you separated);
  • You don’t have minor children born or adopted before or during the marriage (and you are not pregnant now);
  • You don’t own any real estate;
  • You don’t rent any land or buildings (except for your current residence with limited exceptions);
  • You don’t owe more than $6,000 for debts acquired since the date you got married;
  • You have less than $45,000 worth of property acquired since the date you got married;
  • You don’t have separate property worth more than $45,000;
  • Both you and your soon to be ex spouse agree that neither of you will ever get spousal support; and
  • You have a signed agreement dividing your property and debts.

Click here to get started with your Uncontested Divorce or If you want a lawyer to help click here for Legal Advice

When should I update my estate plan?2020-06-08T16:03:32+00:00

It is a good idea to update your estate plan after major life changes such as marriage, divorce, deaths, births, or children becoming adults or if there are changes in the law.

What is a HIPAA Waiver?2020-06-02T20:58:50+00:00

A HIPAA Waiver allows whoever is named in it to be able to get documents protected by HIPAA. HIPAA is a law that protects your privacy. When you sign a HIPAA Waiver (in front of a notary) you authorize the people you designate, like your family or people who are going to make decisions under an Advance Health Care Directive, to receive information from health care providers.

What is an Advance Health Care Directive?2020-06-02T20:59:48+00:00

An Advance Health Care Directive is a legal document that states your preferences for medical care and lets you designate someone, called an agent, to make healthcare decisions for you even if you are unconscious or unable to make a decision at some later time.

What is a Power of Attorney?2020-06-02T21:01:18+00:00

A Power of Attorney is a legal document by which you appoint someone to act on your behalf. Most estate plans have a power of attorney so that someone can continue your financial affairs if you are incapacitated. The person appointed to represent you in a Power of Attorney is usually called an “agent” or an “attorney-in-fact.”  Without a power of attorney, your family may have to go through a lengthy court proceeding to be able to manage your affairs if incapacitated.

Who should I pick as guardian for my children?2020-06-08T16:01:31+00:00

When deciding who to nominate as a guardian for your children you can consider the following factors:

Parenting style, values, and religious beliefs

The guardian can be a relative but doesn’t have to be a relative

Location could be important. If the guardian lives far away, the child may have to move from a familiar school, friends, and neighborhood unless the guardian(s) are willing to move to your home or a home near your home

Age is a factor. Grandparents sometimes are the obvious choice, but it is important to name a successor guardian if picking someone who may become ill or die before your child turns 18.

What is a Guardian for my Children?2020-06-03T01:25:11+00:00

If you have minor children, it is important to nominate a guardian in your estate planning documents. If both of the minor’s parents die or for some reason cannot care for the child, a guardian has to be appointed to be responsible for the child.

Typically, a Guardian must be appointed or confirmed by a court. In considering who to appoint as Guardian, courts look at the best interests of the minor, but generally give significant weight to the preferences of the parents of the minor in nominating a Guardian.

The guardian is responsible for the physical care and custody of the minor, including clothing, feeding, and caring for the minor as well as making legal decisions such as those involving healthcare, education, and residency.

Do not put off choosing a Guardian. You may be thinking: “we have not made a plan because we can’t decide who should be guardian.” However, even if you can’t think of the ideal person putting off the decision means you haven’t chosen anyone in case of an unexpected accident. If you have not chosen anyone, the decision will be left to the court. So it’s better to choose your top choice for now as the primary guardian and add up to two back up guardians. You can always change your guardian nomination in the future.

You can avoid lengthy proceedings and make emergencies less stressful by designating a guardian and letting your children if old enough and caregivers know who to call in case of an emergency.

Can I leave a specific item to someone?2020-06-08T15:59:50+00:00

You can leave specific items for someone, whether it’s family, a friend, or a charity. Examples of items you can give in your will or trust are:

Jewelry,  Collectibles, Art, Photos, Books, or Journals or diaries

Just think about the people you love and what they would love to have from you.

Can I change my will or trust?2020-06-03T01:29:05+00:00

You can and you should change your living trust when a change happens in your life and you need to amend it to keep it current after big life events, such as births, deaths, marriage, and divorce.

When you sign your new documents with witnesses and notaries, it revokes your previous documents.

Can I give to a charity in my estate plan?2020-06-03T01:31:22+00:00

If you want to give to a charity in your will or trust you can specify a specific sum of money, a percentage, or a specific asset to leave to a charity or non-profit organization.

Will a living trust protect my assets if I have to go into a nursing home?2020-06-03T01:32:50+00:00

A living trust does not protect your assets if you have to go to a nursing home. With a living trust, you maintain complete control over your assets titled in your Living Trust, those assets are considered available for your use should you have to go into a nursing home.

Me nor my spouse are not U.S, citizens, can we still create a trust?2020-06-03T01:33:50+00:00

Yes. A non-citizen surviving spouse can be required to pay substantial estate taxes at the first death if a proper estate plan is not in place. Depending on the size of the estate, it may be necessary to have your Living Trust set up as a “Qualified Domestic Trust” to avoid the payment of any taxes at the first death. LexForYou will create the appropriate trust for you based on the information you provide.

What do I need to do after I have created my trust?2020-06-03T01:36:25+00:00

After you have signed your trust in front of a notary you need to title your appropriate assets in the trust’s name. Some people create living trusts, but then do not fund their living trust. Only those assets properly transferred into the living trust will enjoy the benefits you created the living trust for, such avoiding probate. When you create and fund your living trust, the trust will remain in effect until it is revoked or the assets are distributed in accordance with its terms. A living trust does not have an EIN and does not file its own taxes.

Why do I need an Estate Plan?2020-06-03T01:38:58+00:00

An estate plan consists of documents that plan for the future. Everyone needs an estate plan regardless of your age or your level of wealth.

An estate plan can achieve the following goals, depending on what you need:

  • Direct the disposition of your assets after your death, including making gifts to people and charities
  • Avoid Probate
  • Reduce Estate Taxes
  • Designate a guardian for your children
  • Designate who will make decisions when you can’t make them for yourself
What is a Trust?2020-06-03T01:43:29+00:00

A revocable living trust is a document that avoids probate because you transfer your property to the trust. You are the trustee of the living trust until you become incapacitated or die so you are still administering your property. You appoint successor trustees in your trust to take over to follow your wishes and instructions without the need for probate or going to court when the time comes.

What is a Will?2020-06-03T01:45:44+00:00

A will is a document that states your wishes for your assets after you have passed away.

You can designate a guardian for your children in your will.

Your will nominates an executor who will be responsible for carrying out those wishes and instructions.

Does a Will avoid Probate?2020-06-03T01:47:24+00:00

A will does not avoid probate. If you want to avoid probate you need a trust.

What information do I need to start my estate planning?2020-06-03T01:48:41+00:00

You will need the following information to start your estate plan:

  • Think about who you want as trustee(s) and guardian(s) and have available their name, address, and telephone number
  • Think about who you want your property to go to and whether there is anything specific you want to devise to someone in particular and have available their name, address, and telephone number
  • Think about what you want to happen for final disposition, whether you want to be buried, cremated, resuscitated if in a coma, and if you have any specific plans in place, bring those.
  • Any deeds and related documents to any real estate
  • If you have a business the documents for the business
  • The information for your bank accounts, brokerage accounts, and life insurance
What do I need to do to make my Will legally effective?2020-06-03T01:50:32+00:00

Once you have your Will you will need to sign it in front of two witnesses to make it legally valid in California.

Who can and can’t be a Witness?2020-06-03T01:52:01+00:00

For some of the estate planning documents to be effective, they need to be signed in front of two witnesses who will also need to sign that they witnessed you sign the documents. Many of the documents also need to be signed in front of a notary.

These people should not be a witness: the executors, guardians, gift recipients and other people named in your documents, immediate family members, and minors.

If you are going to utilize a notary service, such as a UPS store or Kinkos, call ahead of time and ask if they have two people who can be witnesses. Another idea is to ask friends or neighbors to witness your documents. You can also search the internet for a mobile notary and ask.

Do I need a trust or a will?2020-06-03T14:27:37+00:00

Get peace of mind by getting your estate in order.

LexForYou lets you create a reliable estate plan quickly and easily. With our service, you get all the necessary legal documents for one fair price. You can even add your spouse for no extra charge.

You love your family and want to do what’s best for them. Protect their interests by choosing between our Trust Estate or Will Estate Plans.

The Trust Estate Plan is best if you own a home or business or you want to avoid probate court.

The Will Estate Plan is a great option if you have less than $156,000 in assets.

What does a Trustee do and who should I choose?2020-06-03T14:29:27+00:00

A trustee manages everything in your trust!  The trustee has a legal duty to administer the trust consistent with the terms of the trust and according to the laws applicable to the trust. If a trustee does not follow the rules, they can be sued.

The trustee is responsible for managing the trust assets responsibly, keeping records about those assets and making distributions according to your instructions in the trust.

Can I be my own trustee?2020-06-08T15:37:47+00:00

Yes, you can be your own trustee. Most people who create a Revocable Living Trusts act as their own trustee(s) at the beginning. If you are married, you and your spouse can act as co-trustees. During your life, you will have complete control over all of the assets in your trust. In the event of your death or incapacity the successor trustee you designated in the trust becomes the acting trustee and assumes control over the trust assets.

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