Is Court Intervention Necessary in Handling an Estate?

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Disputes over a passed loved one’s estate or will is likely the most damaging experience for a family. Damage becomes heightened if disputing parties decide to go to court. However, many individuals do not realize that there is alternative option. Probate mediation involves a peaceful discussion between disputing parties so that an agreement can be made and court can be avoided. If someone recently passed and you are wondering if this is going to be a difficult and strenuous process, ...

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Tips for Navigating the Probate Process

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The loss of a loved one is an extremely emotional and overwhelming time as you are unable to grieve in peace until their estate has been dealt with. We want to ease this process for you so that you can focus your attention elsewhere, which is why we have gathered these helpful tips for navigating the probate process in California:

  • First, you will need to calculate the value of the probate estate by adding up the values of anything that did ...
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Don’t Make the Mistake of Forgetting to Fund your Living Trust

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There are a variety of individuals who are choosing to place their final affairs in a living trust as opposed to a will, because they offer unique benefits and allow the individual to remain in control of their assets until they pass. However, with living trusts continuing to grow in popularity, there are an overwhelming number of individuals who do not realize that funding your living trust is an extremely important part of the ...

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An Overview of the Probate Process

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There are a variety of options available to you when it comes to handling your final affairs. When you choose to delegate your final wishes in a will, your loved ones will be required to go through probate. Those who fail to draft a will may also be subjected to the probate process.

Probate is a legal process that involves validating a deceased individual’s will or appointing an individual to handle their estate if they do not have a will. Creditors ...

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Benefits of a Living Trust

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As daunting of a subject as discussing your final wishes can be, it is extremely important if you want the ones you love most to be able to grieve in peace. With so many unique benefits of a living trust, many individuals are choosing to utilize living trusts over wills to settle their final affairs.

  • If avoiding probate is a main concern for you, a living trust may be the best option for your final wishes. When you avoid the probate ...
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Estate & Trust Administration, Litigation, & Settlement

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Too often than not, settling an estate ends up in litigation and family turmoil as involved parties find it difficult to come to an agreement. Without experienced legal counsel by your side, this can become an extremely messy process that could result in permanently severed family ties. We understand how stressful of a time this can be, especially when tensions are running high, which is why we have gathered a few advantages of having legal counsel with you during the ...

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Estate & Trust Litigation: Mediation

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Unfortunately, the death of a loved one is often followed by family turmoil, which results in estate and trust litigation. In avoiding the formality of court, many individuals who are looking for a simpler way to solve their problems will turn to mediation. Mediation involves discussing the conflict at hand with the neutral third person being the mediator. Unlike a judge, a mediator simply assists the conflicting parties in coming to a mutual agreement, rather than taking sides or making ...

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Is a Revocable Living Trust My Best Option?

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There are a variety of things you need to know when it comes to choosing a living trust vs. a will. Despite popular misconception, a will is not your only option for giving your heirs your estate after you pass. Revocable living trusts provide individuals with a wide range of benefits wills cannot provide, including before-death benefits, after-death benefits, and the opportunity to avoid probate.

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Importance of an Estate Planning Attorney

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When it comes to guaranteeing that your final wishes are carried out as planned, you must be diligent in your estate planning. There are a variety of specifications and legal implications that you must get 100% accurate in order for the will or trust to carry through as planned. When it comes to finding an attorney, you must choose one you trust to carry out your final wishes. If you are not yet convinced of the importance of hiring an ...

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No Last Will and Testament? Now What?

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As challenging as it is to think about what will happen to your loved ones after you pass, it is vital if you have specific wishes. If you die without drafting a last will and testament, you leave your loved ones’ future and the future of your assets up to the intestacy laws of the state in which you live. Intestacy laws put the delegation of your assets into the state court’s ...

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