What does one say for their very first blog? Many times over the years I have had legal issues arise that I felt others would want to hear about. I have discussed complex legal issues that I thought other people would want to know about. I have seen personal, intra-family, situations where people fight over the proverbial toaster. I want others to hear about the situation (without names of course) so that hopefully they won’t make the same mistake when their loved ones die. I have seen poorly drafted estate planning documents and thought it would be great if I had a place that I could easily tell the world what to look out for in their own documents. I have witnessed situations in Court that I felt others would want to hear about. Practicing in the area of trust, estates and probate since 1994 I have seen a lot of situations come across my desk. I want to tell YOU about them. I thus start this blog with all that in mind. Bear in mind I am not just some newbie attorney with tons of time on my hand. I am a highly experienced attorney who has an entire law practice dedicated to the areas of wills, trusts, probate and estate planning. I am a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law as determined by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. This means I took a second bar exam only in the area of trust, probate and estate law. I will tell you more about that in coming days. I also have been rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell which is the highest honor they bestow on attorneys. I should say that I have had some writing experience that was similar to blogging. For much of 2009 I was the Sacramento Bee’s trust and estate planning “expert.” In that capacity I answered reader’s questions on-line, at sacbee.com and in print in the Sacramento Bee. I am certainly happy to entertain questions here so please feel free to submit questions. I will generally reply, priviately, by email. However, if you would like your question and answer shown on this blog just let me know.