June 2019 Archives

Digital assets and estate planning

One of the legal solutions available to California residents who want to ensure that their digital assets are managed according to their wishes after death is the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act. It permits individuals to give a designated fiduciary the legal authority to access and manage their digital assets if they unexpectedly become incapacitated or if they die. This type of authority can be granted using a power of attorney, trust or will.

House DREAM Act would help many undocumented immigrants

California participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could benefit from legislation passed in the House of Representatives, but the Senate is unlikely to approve it. The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 received votes from all 230 Democrats and seven Republicans.

Tesla autopilot feature may create dangers

Consumer Reports tested Tesla's autopilot navigation technology and said the feature raises safety concerns. Navigate on Autopilot, which was first released by Tesla during 2018, created new risks for drivers and performed worse than humans. California motorists should be aware of the risks that some new motor vehicle safety technologies create. The Navigate on Autopilot feature must be turned on by the driver to be functional. When it's on, the vehicle will automatically switch between traffic lanes.

Common mistakes in estate planning

There are a number of common mistakes people in California may make regarding estate planning, including assuming that they do not need to make a will at all. Some people may think they have too few assets to bother with a will, but even if their assets are modest, it is likely they have preferences about which family members will receive them. Furthermore, wills have other uses. People may use them to pass on personal items of little financial value, to appoint guardians for their minor children or to specify the type of funeral they want.

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