March 2012

Recent Developments in Estate Planning

There were relatively few pieces of legislation passed by the legislature or cases decided by the California courts in 2011 that are important to estate planning.  The piece of legislation with the greatest impact was Assembly Bill 1305 which will allow small estates with probatable assets with values up to $150,000 to avoid the probate process. The bill increases the values in the succession and transfer provisions under sections 13100 and 13151 of the Probate Code from $100,000 to $150,000.


New Airline Service to LA Likely for Humboldt

Humboldt County may soon be signing a contract with American Airlines for airline service from the Arcata/Eureka Airport (ACV) to Los Angeles (LAX).  Currently, the only commercial airline service providing flights out of Humboldt is United.  Los Angeles-bound travelers on United must transfer via San Francisco International Airport, converting a 90 minute flight into a full day’s worth of traveling.  This is very inconvenient for local business men and women, including attorneys, who have business or family and personal matters to attend to in Southern California, as well as Northern Calif