At L+G, we serve the California Central Coast (including Monterey, San Luis Obispo, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties) with five offices located in Monterey, Salinas, Hollister, King City, and Paso Robles. Our experienced and dedicated estate planning attorneys and staff are prepared to assist you with putting your wishes into an estate plan tailored to meet your goals.
An estate plan is a template you create to control how your assets will be managed, used and passed on in the event of your incapacity or death. It can also determine how decisions should be made about your health care and treatment if you become incapacitated.
Your estate plan could include any or all of the following:
- Revocable Trust/Living Trust:
- Last Will and Testament
- Living Will or Healthcare Directive
- Power of Attorney
Estate planning is an essential tool to safeguard your family and assets. It will specify your last wishes and appoint someone of your choosing to administer your estate. It can ensure your assets transfer to your beneficiaries, specifically name guardians for any minors, help manage your healthcare and follow through with your health care wishes, as well as, appoint someone to handle your financial and legal affairs if you become incapacitated.
At L+G, our estate planning lawyers can assist you with determining how your estate is to be administered and guide you through that process. In a probate, where assets are not held in a trust and exceed $150,000 in cumulative value, the process requires supervision from the Court to transfer title. With property placed into a trust, the process can be made easier by having an attorney guide the trustee through the tasks and duties required by law without a formal probate.
Without a plan in place to distribute your estate according to your intent, state laws will determine how to distribute your estate. Sometimes even with an estate plan, family members or friends will challenge distribution provisions. The estate planning attorneys at L+G, LLP can guide you towards a plan that embraces your desires and minimizes the risk of post-death litigation.
Once you have an estate plan in place, it is wise to have it reviewed from time to time. As life and laws can be ever evolving, our estate planning lawyers will review your estate to ensure any changes, either in the law or your life, get incorporated into your plan.
With constantly changing tax laws and codes, estate planning can be overwhelming. At L+G, our attorneys help you navigate this somewhat puzzling process to ensure your assets and wishes are handled accordingly. Our estate planning attorneys have knowledge and experience in:
- Estate Planning
- Healthcare Directives
- Durable Power of Attorney
- Revocable Trust/Living Trust
- Federal Estate Tax