Estate Planning

Is your will valid according to state law?

A will allows you to dictate how you want the probate court to distribute your property upon your death. Having a will is very important, but it must comply with the law's requirements to be valid. If your will isn't valid, the probate court won't divide your estate...

What is a succession plan?

When you die in California, your properties, assets and business interests don't just disappear. You'll have to write an estate plan that dictates what happens to your business after your death. This plan could also help you prepare for other scenarios, like reaching...

What are the elements of an estate plan?

While many people focus on writing a will, it is only one of the estate planning options available to you. A comprehensive estate plan can use a variety of different documents to establish your wishes and provide for your loved ones. Wills A will is the most common...

What makes a probate dispute so difficult?

A relative’s death brings up a wide swath of emotions that can become both a binding agent for families as well as a point of strife. The finality of a last will and testament can cause rifts amongst family members who have to contend with the asset distribution of...

Estate planning terms defined

We’ve talked about the importance of having a will and protecting your assets in a trust. When speaking of estate planning and of the people named to ensure our wishes are carried out there are many terms we use. Some people use the terms interchangeably. But...

What happens if you die without a will?

Most of us plan to make a will, at some point. Some of us even think that it might be a good ideas to put the house or cabin in a trust. If we have kids under 18 we may have even, before a trip, thought about who should act as guardians if the unthinkable were to...