California community property laws influence how estate assets are divided. A Los Angeles spouse cannot be disinherited involuntarily, and children or other relatives are not automatic heirs. According to California Probate Code Section 6400-6414, a will cannot prevent a surviving spouse from claiming half an estate, but the protection does not cover an unmarried partner.
A Los Angeles forensic accountant can be hired to place a fair market price on the estate assets you have, but only you and your loved ones know the worth of sentimental objects. Some of the worst squabbles in probate occur over property that has little or no value outside of a family.
Drafting an estate plan can be as much about what you do want as it is about what you don't want. Maybe it has taken you several years to get to the point of meeting with an estate administration and planning adviser. Many Los Angeles residents want the distribution of assets issues finalized so they can get back to living instead of talking about dying.
You may think you're too poor or too young to consider having an estate plan, but you're not. These are a few of the assumptions many people in Los Angeles make when they think about wills and trusts, health directives and estate planning strategies.
When friends or loved ones are creating their estate plan, it generally involves having a will drafted. Another part of this process is choosing the best person to be in charge of executing the will and ensuring that the details of the will are followed, as well as other important processes. That individual is called an executor or in some states, a personal representative. For many would-be executors, he or she has no idea what responsibilities are involved until after the will goes into effect and at that point, can feel very overwhelmed. A recent article provided some helpful tips for executors to aid them in their obligations.