Estate PlanningComprehensive Estate Planning
Estate Planning is the area of the law which deals with putting property to the best possible use for your benefit during your lifetime and for the benefit of your “beneficiaries” after your death. If the estate has been well planned, your assets should be distributed according to your wishes at a minimum of time and expense.
Estate Plans have multiple components. The components used within your Estate Plan depend on your financial and personal circumstance along with how you intend for your assets to be managed while alive and deceased.
Regardless of your personal situation, an Estate Plan should have at a minimum:
Here is a quick definition of each of the elements of an Estate Plan:
A Living Trust
The document that states how your assets are distributed upon your passing.
This is a “safety net” to your Trust, If something is not within your Trust, you can specify how it is distributed within your Will.
If you are married, this document defines how property is characterized within your trust.
A Durable Power of Attorney for Property and Personal Affairs
This states how you wish for your property and personal affairs to be managed in the event of your incapacitation.
Your Advance Health Care Directives
This states who are your Health Care Agents and specifies instructions to an assigned Health Care Agent.
Authorization for Release of Medical Information
(HIPAA Waiver) This states who has authority to access your medical records.
Estate planning is the process of establishing a Trust, Will, Durable Power of Attorney, and other related documents during your lifetime.
Probate is the legal proceeding supervised by the Superior Court used to transfer title to assets when a person is deceased.
Advanced Estate Planning
Families with substantial estates require additional strategies beyond a typical Estate Plan to reduce and offset Estate Tax liabilities.
The quickest way to get assistance is to contact us directly at 310-316-2400 or by emailing us at email@example.com.
California Estate Planning Laws and your Family – Fourth in a Series: How To Initiate a California Probate
The DE-111 California Probate form is an important document that initiates the probate process in California. Probate is the legal process in which a court supervises the distribution of a deceased person’s assets to their heirs.
California Estate Planning Laws and your Family – Third in a Series: Gun Trusts
A California gun trust is a legal document that allows individuals to own and possess firearms in accordance with California state laws. It is designed to allow the owner to designate another person, or group of people, to have access to and be able to use the firearms owned by the trust.
California Estate Planning Laws and your Family – Second in a Series: California Probate Law Basics
In California, probate is the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person. The purpose of probate is to ensure that the deceased person’s assets are distributed according to their will or, if they did not have a will, according to the laws of the state.
If the deceased person had a will, the will must be filed with the probate court in the county where the deceased person lived at the time of their death
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