Marisa Catherine Nelson

873 Santa Cruz Ave.,
Ste. 202
Menlo Park, CA

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Are you an organ donor?

Are you registered? One organ donor can save up to eight lives. One eye and tissue donor can enhance the lives of up to 50 people. And more than 28,000 lives are saved every year by organ donors.

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Why does your child or parent need an advance health care directive?

Can you believe it’s autumn already? While many people are in back-to-school mode and we start to look ahead to holiday plans with friends and family, there is an important item that is often overlooked: Advance Health Care Directives (AHCDs) for everyone 18 and older. Everyone should have one, but AHCDs are especially important for college students heading off to college and any loved one who doesn’t live locally.

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Does a Will Avoid Probate?

No. It is just that simple. Creating a will does not avoid probate. So what can a will do? And what does it not do?

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5 Common Mistakes When Considering a Guardian Nominee

1. Failing to Create a Formal Guardian Nomination, or “Doing Nothing and Hoping for the Best”

2. Assuming Your Family Knows Your Wishes, and Will be Able to Follow Them

3. Failing to Consider the Potential Guardian’s Values, Location, etc.

4. Putting It Off Because You Don’t Have the Perfect Guardian in Mind

5. Believing That One Person Has to Be the Perfect Guardian

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Scam Targets Homeowners; I Can Help.

I wanted to alert you to a scam that has been going on the past few years. At least two companies have been sending out intentionally confusing notices to homeowners asserting that payment is due for a copy of their records.  If you receive a notice from “Local Records Office,” “Secured Document Services,” or anyone other than your County Clerk-Recorder’s Office telling you that a fee is due, know that you do not owe them anything.  These companies are essentially scamming people by offering a completely unnecessary service and implying that it is required by including a due date.  They are targeting people who have recently recorded a new deed to their house (which people do after creating a trust).  If you ever need a copy of your deed you can obtain one from your title company or the County Clerk Recorder, and it will cost a lot less than the $89 these companies are charging.

These companies are active in the bay area, and my clients have received these notices.  If you are unsure of the validity of any notices you receive, like these requesting payment, please feel free to forward the notice to me so I can verify for you whether or not the payment request is legitimate.  We all have better ways to spend our hard earned cash.