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When a person dies without an estate plan or with a will only, a court-supervised process called probate is required to distribute their estate. We guide clients through this process smoothly until its completion.
Trusts and Trust Administration
- Probate Avoidance Trusts
- Grantor Trusts
- Estate Tax Avoidance
- Life Insurance Trusts
- Special Needs Trusts
- Allocations and Disclaimers
- Tax Return Preparation
- Fiduciary Protection
Our Estate Planning seminars offer a perfect introduction to various types of trust and their purposes. Many of our clients choose to implement a probate-avoidance trust when creating an estate plan. Our attorneys can advise on the specific advantages of a trust for your estate plan during in a no-cost consultation.
When a person creates a trust as part of their estate plan, there are steps that must be taken in order to administer that document after they pass. We offer the successor trustee(s) a no-cost initial consultation to go over the process. Our staff has guided countless successor trustee(s) through this trust administration process over the years. We pride ourselves on making this process as smooth and comfortable as possible, during a difficult time of loss.
Mediation, Discovery and Trial
Elder Financial Abuse
Breach of Trust Issues
We advise trustees and executors who find themselves in conflict with beneficiaries, and help beneficiaries assert their rights to a share of trust and probate estates. Regardless of which side we represent, we carefully advise our clients of their rights, duties, and responsibilities. We look for cost-effective ways of resolving client conflicts, gather information through the discovery process, use mediation when appropriate, and take matters to trial.
Conservatorship of Estate/Person
Conservatorship of Minors/Special Needs Children
Conservatorship Due to Incapacity
Where estate planning documents were not in place, situations arise where a conservatorship may become necessary. In this scenario, a judge appoints a responsible person or organization (the “conservator”) to care for an adult (the “conservatee”) who cannot care for him/herself or manage his/her own finances. We guide clients through each step of this process to make sure that your loved one is taken care of properly.
Advantages of a Living Trust
Save Time: In California, the average probate lasts 12 months, and can last longer if the estate is contested.
Save Money: Probate fees are established by California statutes. Probate can cost your estate tens of thousands of dollars.
Protect Privacy: A trust keeps your estate matters private, whereas a probate makes them public record.
Provide for Minor Children: A trust allows parents to designate a guardian for minor children and avoid the foster care system.
Avoid a Conservatorship:
If you become ill or incapacitated, your successor trustee can manage your affairs without the intervention of a court.