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Leonard is an attorney and the author or co-author of many of Nolo's personal finance books. Written in plain English, his text explains how to get out of debt, set up a realistic budget, and rebuild "bad" credit. The seventh edition has been completely updated and revised to incorporate the latest information and laws, including new information on identity theft and what to do if you are a victim of it. The text includes 30 forms and letters...

With this book, Californians can obtain an uncontested divorce without hiring an attorney. The first part of the book explains in detail how to divide property and settle custody, visitation, and child support issues. The second part is a step-by-step guide through the court process, including how to complete forms, when to file them, and how to get through a court appearance or even avoid it altogether. Tear-out copies and a CDROM of all the...

California renters will find up-to-date information on their legal rights and ways to pursue them in this guide by attorneys Portman and Brown. After an overview of general considerations, chapters address issues in: looking for and renting a place, sharing a home, rent, discrimination, right to privacy from landlords, repairs and maintenance, alterations and satellite dishes, injuries and crime on the premises, environmental hazards,...

The California landlord's comprehensive, practical guide to residential property management Every California landlord and residential property manager needs The California Landlord's Law Book: Rights...

Avoid probate and save time and money with these eight strategies Probate can drag on for years, and can easily cost your family thousands of dollars -- money that would otherwise have gone to them. 8 Ways to Avoid Probate offers simple and effective methods for skipping the probate process so that property goes directly to the intended beneficiaries. Your estate doesn't have to go through probate. You can avoid probate by creating a savvy...

Zemmelman, an alternative dispute resolution professional who helps families resolve child custody disputes and create parenting agreements, describes how separating or divorcing parents can work out a fair and realistic custody agreement and protect the best interests of their children. She covers aspects such as negotiation; solutions to issues like living arrangements, medical and child care, surname, education, holidays, relatives,...

Elias (president, National Bankruptcy Law Project) and two co-authors offer advice to individuals, married couples, and sole proprietors on filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The first chapter helps the reader assess eligibility and whether Chapter 7 is the best option. The remaining materials guide the reader in plain terms through how to acquire protection through an "automatic stay," determine what assets can be legally kept, handle the case...

Long time probate administrator Nissley advises readers on how to probate (settle and distribute) the simple estate of a deceased person in California without the use of lawyers. Updated to include current legal considerations including tax issues, chapters discuss how to: identify the property owned, determine who has authority to wind up affairs and who is entitled to inherit the estate, transfer and clear title to property the decedent...

This workbook helps individuals and couples worth one or two million dollars understand the benefits of creating a living trust, choose which property to put in the living trust, prepare the living trust document without a lawyer, and make changes to the document. Blank trust forms are provided in the appendix and on the CD-ROM in RTF format. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

While emphasizing the need to maintain good neighborly relations, attorneys Jordan and Doskow discuss legal options and doing legal research in plain English for dealing with common problems such as nuisance noise, dangerous or encroaching trees, property boundary issues, problem animals, and neighbors who engage in illegal activities. The updated guide includes sample letters for engaging with a neighbor over a dispute, case examples,...