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Stepmother vs. Stepchild, Now Playing in a California Probate Court Near You

Stepmothers are frequent characters in California trust and estate litigation, as they are in fairy tales and Disney movies.  With about half of all marriages ending in divorce, there are many stepmother/stepchild relationships.  Mostly they work out fine, but some go south. After blogging on sibling conflicts as a driver of trust and estate disputes, … Continue Reading

California Trust Conflict Avoidance – A Bank Trust Officer’s Perspective

This week we share a perspective on California trust conflict avoidance from Chris Ann Bachtel, who is a Senior Vice President and trust manager at First Northern Bank, a regional bank founded in 1910 with branches across Northern California. Tell us about your background. I majored in Speech Communications and Theater at Wake Forest University.  … Continue Reading