Many people are afraid of planning for the future.
Though the reasons may differ across the board, there are many common questions and concerns that our Shasta County & Tehama County estate planning lawyers receive at our firm. Estate planning law can have its own unique set of obstacles and roadblocks, and some may even cause you overwhelming amounts of stress, anxiety or frustration.
To learn more about the estate planning process or to simply gain a better understanding of your current situation, please do not hesitate to read through the following set of questions and answers. Our skilled and experienced lawyers would be happy to help you understand all of your legal options at this time so that you can make informed and empowered decisions for your family, your future, and your finances.
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Your Questions Answered by Our Attorneys
Can probate be avoided?
Absolutely. The process of probate can be avoided if a Trust is implemented into an estate plan. With a valid and enforceable Trust put into place, an estate can be administered according to the decedent's final wishes as listed in the document without court supervision.
With so many do-it-yourself books and software programs, it is easy to overlook the importance of hiring a professional. Unfortunately, even with the help of software programs, it is very easy to make crucial oversights or complete the necessary documentation improperly.
Do I need to hire an attorney?
With so many do-it-yourself books and software programs, it is easy to overlook the importance of hiring a professional. Unfortunately, even with the help of software programs, it is very easy to make crucial oversights or complete the necessary documentation properly.
With the help of a skilled and seasoned estate planning lawyer at our firm, you can have access to a team of professionals who have helped countless families just like yours. We can assist with creating, reviewing, enforcing, and drafting documents, keeping you informed of crucial deadlines, or handling all aspects of filing mandatory paperwork with the county clerk.
You can also click here for some good information from the California State Bar on whether a Trust may be beneficial for you and your family.
Do I NEED to have a will?
The primary function of a will is to allow a person to write down his or her final wishes in a legal and enforceable document. The will can include how a person wishes for his or her property to be distributed, and can name potential heirs or beneficiaries. Though it is not necessary to have a will, implementing one into your estate plan can effectively protect your family and your finances for the future and can help make certain your life's investments are put into the right hands.
It is also important to remember that if you have an interest in avoiding probate, you should consult with Liberty Law about setting up a Living Trust.
What happens if I do not have a will?
When a person passes away without a will (also known as intestate), the decedent's estate will be distributed according to the state's probate laws. Probate laws in California could distribute the decedent's property in a way that they may not have favored. In some instances, probate could leave family members struggling with the financial aftermath of litigation.
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For personalized, attentive legal counsel in your legal matters, please contact our Shasta County & Tehama County lawyers today. There are good reasons that we have been voted "Best Attorney" for 3 years in a row by readers of our local Daily News in the annual "Best Of" newspaper edition and we are prepared to represent you vigorously.