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Thoughtful Estate Planning

Thoughtful estate planning saves you time, worry and a lot of money. For example, probate of a $900,000 estate in California can cost $21,000 in attorney's fees and $21,000 for the administrator's fee, for a total of $42,000, plus costs of about $1,000. That's $43,000 that your heirs will not inherit!

In contrast, a full estate plan for a married couple with one parcel of real property could cost you up to $2,000 or more with other attorneys. That's still a savings of $41,000.

However, our fees are much lower than $2,000 for a couple and the cost for a single person is even less. Further, we grant a senior citizen's discount if you or your spouse are 55 or older.

For a free discussion with an attorney of your estate planning needs, press the FREE CONSULTATION link and use the convenient email form. A free quotation will be provded.

Estate Planning At a Glance

Your Will

Your Will

Your Will identifies your family and who will inherit your estate when you are no longer with us. It can also provide for a guardian of the person who will care for your minor children and a guardian of the estate to care for their money.

What Could Go Wrong?

A Will without a living trust cannot protect you agiainst an expensive probate if you own real property or if your other assets exceed $200,000. Your separate property will be divided between your surviving spouse and your children even if they are estranged from you or have been receiving public benefits that will have to be repaid.

Your Trust

Your Trust

Your Trust provides how your estate will be managed and distributed after you are no longer with us. Among other things, it can provide for retaining in trust any funds that would otherwise be payable to minors when they reach age 18.

What Could Go Wrong

Your Trust applies only to property included in your trust. If you fail to transfer your assets to your trust, a probate proceeding could be required. This is an important reason why so many 'do it yourself' trusts fail.

Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney designates an agent to manage your finances if you are unable (or unwilling) to care for your finances. It can permit your agent to pay your bills, borrow money, and manage your property.

What Could Go Wrong

If you become incapacitated and have not granted a power of attorney, an expensive conservatorship may be required. Your conservator must then file expensive accountings and reports for approval by the probate court.

Advanced Health Care Directive

Advanced Health Care Directive

An Advance Health Care Directive allows you to appoint someone to make medical decisions for you if you cannot communicate your wishes to your physician. You may designate whether or not you wish to be kept on life support, among other things.

What Could Go Wrong?

If you do not have a valid health care directive, your physician may be unwilling to stop life support and you could be kept on life support equipment indefinitely. With a valid health care directive you can specify if and when you wish to terminate life support.

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Estate Planning & Probate for Clients of All Ages

The information contained in this website is for illustration only. It should not be relied upon as a legal opinion. You should consult with an attorney for legal advice.