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Beneficiary designations override will in estate planning

Many times planning an estate is not as straightforward as one might think. It is possible for different estate planning documents to seemingly contradict each other when it comes to directions on how to administer an estate's assets. In this case, applicable estate planning laws in California will decide which estate planning instrument holds more weight.

Wills and trusts important in estate planning in California

Clarity is what one should aim for when planning an estate. Lack of clarity in estate planning can result in future legal problems for intended beneficiaries. This can require significant amounts of time and resources being spent in a prolonged probate court proceeding in California. Therefore, it is essential that people have their wills and trusts in place as soon as possible.

Life insurance may best be accompanied by trust planning

Many times, obtaining life insurance is an important part of a person's estate planning strategy. However, in some cases, just simply having life insurance is not enough for California residents. Those with large estates or who have beneficiaries who are not good at managing money may also want to consider creating trusts to go along with their life insurance policies. There are many ways in which a trust can help with administering and managing a life insurance policy and its benefits.

Many forget about digital assets during estate planning process

Most Californians with estate plans in place make arrangements concerning the disposition of their money and physical assets after they pass away. However, many of these people forgot to consider their digital assets in their estate planning efforts. This can cause some significant problems when it comes to time to administer the estate.

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