Mr. Hudack started his career in real estate, managing transactions for Fortune 500 companies. In addition to negotiating, executing, and closing acquisitions for sales and leases, he started and operated his own businesses. He has served as corporate and litigation counsel to community associations throughout California. Joe earned his Juris Doctorate from Western State College of Law, magna cum laude, so he could expand his practice and use his talents to assist clients with estate planning, business law, contract review and drafting, and real estate law services.

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Have a Non-US Citizen Spouse

US Citizens Get a Big Tax Break That Non-citizens Do Not Get. If both partners of a married couple are US Citizens, then the first spouse to die can leave any amount of money to the survivor, and this is entirely free of the estate tax. This is called an unlimited marital deduction. However, this…

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Every Young Adult Needs This Now

The following should be an “18th Birthday Present” to the parents and their kids, so they are secure. In most states, parents are without the authority of making health care decisions or managing money for their kids as soon as they turn 18. That means if a young adult is in an accident and becomes…

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New HOA Law Will Affect Associations

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed many bills into law affecting California HOAs in 2020. Here’s what associations need to know, and below, you’ll find one of them. Assembly Bill 5 is a significant new law that changes the legal definition of an employee. The law created Labor Code Section 2750.3 and affects any HOA using “independent…

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What A Simple Will Can Accomplish

A simple will can accomplish a lot of your estate planning goals. It can leave all property to someone often your spouse or partner or if you’re single to your children or relatives, friends, or charities. A simple will can say what to do if that person dies first or at the same time as…

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Probate of Will

Countries whose legal systems evolved from the British common law system, such as the United States, typically use the probate system for distributing property at death. Probate is a process where the decedent’s Will, if any, is entered in court. After hearing evidence from the representatives of the estate, the court decides if the Will…

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Mediation and Avoiding Probate

Due to the time and expenses associated with the traditional probate process, estate planners frequently counsel clients to enact probate avoidance strategies. Some prevalent probate-avoidance plans include Revocable Living Trusts, Joint Ownership of Assets, and making lifetime gifts. If a Revocable Living Trust is used as a part of an estate plan, the key to…

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What Can a Simple Will Do?

A simple will can accomplish a lot of your estate planning goals. It can leave all property to someone often your spouse or partner or if you’re single to your children or to relatives, friends, or charities. A simple will can say what to do if that person dies first or at the same time…