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Bill Sweeney

Bill Sweeney

Sweeney Probate Law
  • Probate
  • California
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Summary

• Private Law Practice (1986-present), PROBATE AND ESTATE PLANNING; • Assistant General Counsel, Grumman Corporation, Bethpage, New York (1984-1986); • General Counsel, Grumman Flxible Corporation, Delaware, Ohio, (1976-1984); • Staff Attorney, Rohr Industries, Inc., Chula Vista California, (1971-1976); • Internal Auditor (1967-1971); • Military Service: United States Air Force, 1958-1962. • Judge Pro Tem (Small Claims Court Judge) and Judicial Arbitrator, Three Lakes Judicial District, Temecula, California (1991–1995). Teaching/Adjunct Professor: • Business Law; San Diego City College (1972-76); • Business Law; CTI, Columbus, Ohio (1976-79); • Business Law; Government and Business; University of Dayton Graduate School Of Business, Dayton, Ohio (Adjunct Professor in MBA program) (1979-84). Admissions/State. • California (1972); • Ohio (1984) (currently inactive); • Colorado (1998) (currently inactive); • Hawaii (2004) (currently inactive). Admissions/Federal. • United States Supreme Court (1975); • Federal District Court-Southern District of California (1972); • Federal District Court-Central District of Ohio (1984); • Federal District Court-Central District of California (2001); • Federal District Court-District of Hawaii (2004). Awards: • Bancroft Whitney American Jurisprudence Award. Oustanding study, Wills and Trusts. • Cold War Service Medal; • Honorable Service Medal

Practice Area
  • Probate
Fees
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Sweeney Probate Law
Current
Education
University of San Diego School of Law
LL.M. (1993) | TAXATION
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University of Dayton
MBA (1979) | ECONOMICS AND STATISTICS
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University of San Diego School of Law
J.D. (1972)
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Honors: Bancroft Whitney American Jurisprudence Award-Study of Wills and Trusts
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University of Redlands
B.A. (1967) | ACCOUNTING
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San Bernardino Valley College
A.A. (1965) | ACCOUNTING/BUSNESS
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Honors: DEAN'S LIST SECRETARY, HONOR SOCIETY BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
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Awards
AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE AWARD
Bancroft Whitney
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN THE STUDY OF TRUSTS
Professional Associations
California State Bar Trusts and Estates Section # 51670
Member
- Current
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State Bar of California # 51670
Member
- Current
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Certifications
POST GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN THE STUDY OF TAXATION
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF LAW
Websites & Blogs
Website
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Sweeney Probate Law Website
Legal Answers
134 Questions Answered

Q. Father lived in Nevada with no assets to distribute in Nevada so probate was never opened, but he owned land in Arkansas
A: I agree with Mr. Berge in that you should contact an attorney in Arkansas. If a small estate procedure is not available, since your father was not domiciled in Arkansas on the date of his death, you should inquire about the ancillary probate rules applicable to a non-domiciliary's ownership of real property in Arkansas.
Q. How can i prove the probate administrator commited fraud for stealing 220k pod account by way of false court order ?
A: Owners of bank accounts can designate beneficiaries by adding a "payable-on-death" (POD) designation. At the death of the account holder the POD beneficiary can claim the money directly from the bank without probate court proceedings. Similarly, owners of investment accounts can designate beneficiaries by adding a "transfer on death" (TOD) designation with the same result.
Q. brother with two children and sister inherited house from mother in california, brother died who does his share go to?
A: Your question might be answered by the article at https://www.sweeneyprobatelaw.com/Articles/WHAT-IF-A-BENEFICIARY-OF-A-WILL-HAS-DIED.shtml
Q. If I was the beneficiary on late fathers bank account am I responsible to pay off his credit cards?
A: Assets that pass directly to heirs often don’t have to be used to pay the estate’s debts. These assets can include “pay on death” bank accounts, life insurance policies, retirement plans and other accounts that name beneficiaries, as long as the beneficiary isn’t the estate.
Q. Hello, my sister recently passed away. She was married but bore no children of her own. She did have two step sons that
A: Please refer to: https://www.sweeneyprobatelaw.com/Articles/My-Spouse-or-Registered-Domestic-Partner-Left-Me-Property-What-Should-I-Do.shtml
Q. Can a notary public notarize a will that mentions the credit union the notary public works at.
A: With the exception of holographic Wills, a minimum of two witnesses is required. There is no statutory provision for a notarized Will in California.
Q. My relative has passed on . Would you direct me where to contact at LA court, to find his last will etc.
A: California law requires anyone who holds the original Will of a deceased person to file the Will with the court clerk of the County where the decedent resided.
Q. What specific forms to file in Fresno County to revoke a power of attorney as a third party?
A: The principal might consider the following website: https://eforms.com/power-of-attorney/ca/california-revocation-of-power-of-attorney/
Q. I live in California but my deceased mom left property to me who had land in Oregon not moved can probate be done here
A: You might refer to the following on California Domiciliary ancillary probate. https://www.sweeneyprobatelaw.com/Articles/What-Is-An-Ancillary-Probate-In-California.shtml
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Contact & Map
Sweeney Probate Law
San Juan Capistrano
32371 Alipaz St
#29
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
USA
Telephone: (949) 243-0408
Sweeney Probate Law
Orange
333 City Blvd W
17th Floor
Orange, CA 92868
USA
Telephone: (949) 243-0408
Sweeney Probate Law
Laguna Hills
23046 Avenida De La Carlota
#600
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
USA
Telephone: (949) 243-0408
Sweeney Probate Law
Irvine
19800 MacArthur Blvd
#300
Irvine, CA 92612
USA
Telephone: (949) 243-0408