Los Angeles County Estate Planning Attorneys

EstateAt our law firm, Conover & Grebe, LLP, in Torrance, California, we represent clients who are seeking assistance in the preparation of estate planning documents. When you seek our services for your estate plan, we will meet and evaluate whether you need a simple or more complex estate plan.

Not all estate plans are the same. Having a properly drafted estate plan in place is important. With one, you can be sure that your interests will be protected if the unanticipated happens. You can benefit from the peace of mind that comes with knowing you, your family and your property will be properly taken care of.

At Conover & Grebe, LLP, we can help tailor your estate plan to your budget. You may need a will and durable powers of attorney, or you may choose a more complex plan in lieu of a will, such as a trust. You may even decide to forego a will or trust, making your plan to have your estate distributed according to California's law of intestacy.

No matter what you choose, we will help you to achieve your goals efficiently, effectively and affordably. To do so, we keep the total cost of an estate plan in mind. For example, a properly drafted and funded trust will generally avoid the administrative time, costs and fees of probate. However, a will does not. Choosing to create a trust instead of a will, in certain situations, can be a cost-effective decision.

We rely on a series of estate planning documents, including the ones listed below:

  • Wills
  • Trusts – Revocable Living Trusts, Testamentary Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, etc.
  • Beneficiary Designations
  • Powers of Attorney – General, Specific, Durable
  • Deeds – Joint Tenancy and Community Property with Right of Survivorship
  • Advanced Health Care Directive – Power of Attorney for Health Care – Living Will
  • Nominating a Guardian

An Advanced Health Care Directive allows you to choose a trusted person in advance to make your health care decisions for you. If, for example, you become ill and are unable to make medical decisions yourself, you will have given authority and guidance to another to make the right decisions for you. Many other personal choices can be included in this document such as organ donation, funeral arrangement and nomination of a conservator, should the court feel that it is necessary to appoint one. In states other than California, an Advanced Health Care Directive is called a living will.

In a Durable Power of Attorney for Finances or Property Management, you officially designate someone you trust to make financial decisions for you if you are unable to do so. This document can be effective immediately or only after you become incapacitated.

When you retain Conover & Grebe, LLP, to draft your estate plan, we will meet to talk confidentially about your assets and your family situations. Together, we will discuss the best way to distribute your assets. There are many factors to take into consideration. These include finding ways to avoid probate, minimize taxes and preserve your Medi-Cal/Medicaid eligibility.

Why Can't I Just Create My Own Will?

In this Internet age, many websites and computer programs advertise do-it-yourself wills and trusts for low prices. But drafting your own estate plan is a risky proposal. Just one missed signature, unchecked box or box checked erroneously can expose your family or beneficiary to the possibility of losing out on the intended inheritance. This can be the starting point for litigation that ranges from expensive to extremely expensive.

The best way to have an estate plan securely drafted is to work with an attorney familiar with both simple and complex estate planning issues. Seeking experienced legal counsel is especially critical if your family includes stepchildren, multiple heirs or complex assets. If you do not address these issues in your trust or will documents, family tension, alienation and unhappiness may occur during your incapacity or after your death, often leading to litigation.

Contact Our Los Angeles County Estate Planning Lawyers

If you are considering an estate plan or assistance with your current estate plan, or need guidance through the estate administration process, talking with an experienced lawyer will be most helpful. To talk with our Torrance, California, estate planning attorneys, we urge you to contact our law firm at 310-776-9028 or toll free at 866-661-9751 for a confidential consultation.