Trusts and Estates

Ca. Trs. & Estates Quarterly 2019, Volume 25, Issue 2

FROM THE CHAIR

By Yvonne A. Ascher, Esq.*

As I write this letter, winter rains are subsiding, and spring is in the air. My husband is downstairs getting our snake’s cage ready as we bring him out of his winter hibernation. That’s also my sign that the legislative session is heating up. So far, other than the bills TEXCOM has sponsored, it looks like it might be a light year in terms of legislation affecting California trust and estate law. But we know of two Uniform Acts that will likely be introduced in the foreseeable future, a Uniform Electronic Wills Act and a revised Uniform Fiduciary Principal and Income Act. TEXCOM is already involved with, alongside various other stakeholders, reviewing the Uniform Acts to ensure that, when adopted in California, they will reflect our local law, principles, and ethics.

CLA, the new umbrella organization under which TEXCOM and all the other sections operate, is expanding its reach and proposing to be an advocate for all attorneys in California in a manner not previously possible when the sections were administered as part of the State Bar. Although there are still some fundamental governing principles that are being developed, the future looks promising.

One of CLA’s upcoming bright spots is an expanded Annual Meeting. Over the past two years, the Annual Meeting has been a very streamlined affair, smaller in scope than the Annual Meeting used to be when organized by the State Bar. But the 2019 event promises to offer a lot for everyone. Okay, I’m a little biased, as it will be in my "hood," Monterey, taking place on October 10 through 12, 2019. If you have not visited Monterey in the fall, I can assure you, it’s our best time of year.

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