My mother has Alzheimer’s disease. She has been in a locked “memory care” facility for over 6 years now. When I last saw her, this was the dialogue. Mom: Who are you? Me: I’m your son, Charles. Mom: I don’t believe that. That’s the longest most cogent conversation I have had with her in a few years. Usually it is just a word or two. More on that in moment. Mom, who is 87, thinks she is about 28. I am 63 and have gray hair. Mom sees me and thinks, “There is no way that guy can be my son. He’s older than I am.” I understand what it is like to watch a family member begin the long downward mental slide of Alzheimer’s. At first, it is frustrating, and maddening, as they keep repeating questions and forgetting what you just told them. But, you have to guard against…
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Why Don’t People Write Their Will or Trust Earlier?

50% of people die without a Will (or a Trust), according to published statistics. I think it is less than that. I think the 50% figure was based on a survey, and I think that the people responding to the survey did not tell the truth. I think some people said that they had a Will when they did not. I think they were embarrassed to admit that they had not done it yet. My estimate is that only about 25% of people have a Will or Trust. Why don’t people write a Will or a Trust? It is not a pleasant subject. Thinking about one’s death is depressing. Stating in writing that you are going to die, and signing it, is hard to do. And, deciding what to leave to whom is not easy. So, writing the Will is one of those chores that keeps getting pushed to the…
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Triay Law serves Oakland and the 9 Bay Area Counties

In this video blog post, our Oakland probate litigation lawyer Charles Triay introduces himself and his history in the Bay Area. Contact our office for further information by phone or by submitting our online contact form. The Triay Law Offices serves not only Oakland, but also the nine Bay Area counties: Alameda County Contra Costa County Marin County Napa County San Francisco County San Mateo County Santa Clara County Solano County Sonoma County Video Transcription Hello, my name is Charles Triay. I’ve been practicing law in California for 35 years. I went to school at UC Berkeley and I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in 1972. Although I went to law school in San Diego, I knew I wanted to return to the bay area, because living in the bay area from ’68 to ’72 I fell in love with the bay area. I came back as soon as I…
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