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John Rogers Burk, A Law Corporation

915 Highland Pointe Drive, Suite 130
Roseville, California 95678

Phone(916) 784-7030
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Our law firm serves clients in the Roserville, CA area and provides assistance in estate planning, elder law, Medicaid, trust administration and probate.



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 How to Ensure That Your Wishes Are Followed When You Die

For some people, the details of their burial and funeral are unimportant. For others, however, a funeral service and burial is their final good-bye and represents how the world will remember them.

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 Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

Unfortunately, many elderly Americans are living off of a shoe string budget. Social Security payments do not cover the cost of living for most seniors.

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 Can Hospice Care Help My Family?

Statistically, we can all look forward to living much longer than those who came before us. That does not, however, mean that we will live forever.

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 Should I Appoint Co-Trustees?

For many people, a comprehensive estate plan includes one or more trusts. Trusts offer numerous advantages such as flexibility, control and both tax and probate avoidance in some cases. Although there are a wide variety of trusts that you can choose from when you decide to create a trust, all trusts require the same basic elements to start—a beneficiary, a trustee and funds.

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 How to Protect Against Identity Theft

In today’s digital age, identity theft is a serious concern for everyone. Not only is stealing an identity potentially easier in the electronic age, but once an identity has been stolen, a considerable amount of damage can be done in a relatively short period of time. Sometimes, the damage cannot be repaired, leaving victims without their life savings in their golden years.

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 Hidden Assets That Warrant an Estate Plan

One of the most common reasons people give for not creating a comprehensive estate plan is that they do not believe they have enough assets to warrant creating one. While there are reasons apart from assets why creating an estate plan is important, you might also be surprised at the hidden assets you have that do warrant creating an estate plan.

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 Elder Financial Abuse

While much effort has gone into bringing public awareness to the prevalence of child abuse over the last few decades, the frequency with which the elderly are also abused is just beginning to come to light. In many ways the elderly can be considered as vulnerable as a child, making them an easy target. The elderly are often victims of physical or emotional abuse; however, unlike children, the elderly are also prime targets for another type of abuse – financial abuse.

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 Estate Planning Questions That May Make You Uncomfortable

Your estate plan is intended to be an individual, and highly personal, set of documents. Your estate plan decides some of the most important issues and makes some of the most important determinations that you will make in your lifetime. When you sit down with your estate planning attorney to work on your estate plan,be prepared for some questions that may make you rather uncomfortable.

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 Welcome to the Sandwich Generation

The “me” generation is rapidly becoming the “sandwich” generation. If the term is foreign to you, don’t feel left out. It is simply a new term that is being used to describe people born in the 50’s and 60’s who are suddenly feeling as though they are being “sandwiched” between the needs of aging parents and young adult children.

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 Stieg Larsson -- Another Example of Why Estate Planning is So Important

In case the name doesn‘t ring any bells offhand, Stieg Larsson is the author of the awarding winning novel turned movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Larsson was a Swedish journalistic all his life who turned novelist literally months prior to his death. Ultimately, his estate was valued at upwards of $50 million and climbing; however, his lifelong partner didn’t receive a dime as a result of Larsson’s lack of an estate plan.

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 Understanding Social Security and Its Future

Most of us have heard all the dire warnings about the future of the Social Security retirement program. Some analysts tell us that the program will cease to exist within just a few short years. Others tell us that beneficiaries are certain to see reductions in benefit checks while still others tell us not to worry--a solution is just around the corner.

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 Can I Challenge My Mother’s/Father’s Last Will and Testament?

Losing a parent can be one of the most emotionally difficult times you will ever have to face during your lifetime. Sitting down to hear the terms of your mother’s or father’s Last Will and Testament is often one of the most difficult parts of the loss.

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 Larry Hillblom - How Bad Estate Planning Plays Out in Real Life

Warning people about the possible consequences of bad estate planning is akin to warning people about the dangers of smoking -- they know it’s true, but without a real life example the point often does not hit home. Unfortunately, if the real life example turns out to be you, then your loved ones may be the ones paying the price for your bad estate planning.

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 Reasons Why Planning for Your Death is So Important

None of us really like the idea of sitting down and planning for our death, yet as the old saying goes “the only things that are certain in life are death and taxes. Interestingly, the two go hand in hand in many cases. If you do not plan for your death, your estate will likely owe more taxes than had you taken the time to plan ahead.

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 Are Estate Planning Documents Public Record?

When you create your estate plan, you are required to make decisions that are extremely personal and highly confidential. Given the growth of the internet, and the ease with which information can be located with just a few clicks of your mouse, you may be concerned that your estate planning documents will be available to the public at some point in time.

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 Estate Planning Uncertainty in an Election Year

Tax laws have a direct and significant impact on your estate plan. During an election year, such as this year, the fate of many tax laws is often uncertain. Scheduling a review of your current estate plan with your estate planning attorney is a good way to make sure that your plan takes advantage of the current tax laws and anticipates any scheduled changes.

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 Estate Planning and Tax Consequences

While the ability to decide who will receive your assets upon your death is certainly an important feature of estate planning, the ability to reduce, or even avoid, the tax consequences of transferring wealth and assets upon your death is an equally important facet of estate planning.

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 Battle of the Wills

Last Spring, New York heiress Huguette Clark died just shy of her 105th birthday leaving behind what has become a “made for tabloids” battle of the Wills.

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 How to Choose Which Trust is Right for Your Estate

Estate planning often encompasses numerous different tools and strategies. While your Last Will and Testament may be the cornerstone of your estate plan, you will likely wish to use other tools as well such as a trust. Trusts can be beneficial for a number of reasons such as avoidance of probate or estate taxes or retaining some degree of control over the trust assets long after death.

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 The Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust

Among the many estate planning tools, an irrevocable life insurance trust, or ILIT, offers numerous advantages with few disadvantages. The primary goal of an estate plan is to determine how you wish your assets to be distributed upon your death; however, there are often important secondary goals and considerations.

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 Estate Planning Tools

Planning your estate is likely one of the most important projects you will embark upon within your lifetime. Although no two estates are the same, there are common tools that can be used during the estate planning process. Understanding these tools is an essential starting point for your estate planning project.

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 Small Business Succession Planning

As the owner of a small business, you likely have enough on your plate trying to keep the business running smoothly and profitably. Without taking the time, however, to create a small business succession plan, all the time, effort and hard work you have put into growing your business could be in vain in the event of your death or disability.

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 Irrevocable Trusts and Probate

Trusts are often used as part of an estate plan. Trusts offer numerous benefits to the beneficiaries of a decedent upon death such as avoidance of probate as well as potentially avoiding payment of estate taxes. Benefits to the decedent include the ability to control how the trust assets are used even after death.

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