Many California estate planning attorneys recommend that their clients set up living trusts. There are a number of advantages for your heirs if you place your assets in this type of trust while you're still alive.
One of the main reasons individuals elect to set up a living trust is to ensure that their assets can be passed on to their loved ones per their wishes without having to go through probate.
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Having an estate plan is wise for those who want to ensure that their wishes for the dispensation of their assets are carried out after their death. With an estate plan, you can also designate who will make decisions regarding legal, financial and health matters for you if you are unable to do these things for yourself.
You want to leave your adult children an inheritance or perhaps give them a large chunk of money while you're still alive. However, you don't want to risk having half or more of that money go to their spouses should they end up divorcing.
You're the trustee of a trust for a beneficiary who owes money to creditors. Can you be required to use assets in that trust to pay that beneficiary's debt? Under California law, you may be able to avoid having to do that. However, it depends in part on how the trust was established.
Developing an estate plan is essential to making sure that your wishes are carried out after your death regarding inheritances and donations to charity. It's also important for detailing your wishes should you become too incapacitated to speak for yourself.
Being named as the executor of someone's estate, or the trustee of a trust, can seem like an overwhelming responsibility. In order to avoid being overwhelmed, it is important to understand your duties as executor or trustee. While below are some of the basics concerning your new duties, the advice of legal counsel while managing an estate or a trust can be very beneficial.
Most of us have heard stories of young people who were left a considerable amount of money by their parents, and therefore never felt the drive to succeed on their own merits. Too often, it doesn't end well for them.
When many Californians create their estate plan, their attorney will recommend setting up a revocable living trust. There are a number of advantages to having this document, both for you, while you're still alive and well, and for your heirs and beneficiaries after you're gone.