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What estate planning documents should all young adults have?

Most young people don't consider developing an estate plan unless they have a considerable amount of money or assets, either from earnings, an inheritance, a legal settlement or some other source. They're busy building their careers, working towards paying off student loans and perhaps starting families.

How to avoid common pitfalls with a special needs trust

California parents who have special needs children have unique challenges when they're doing their estate planning. That's why it's essential to have an experienced California estate planning attorney guide you through the process and help you avoid some common mistakes.

Divorce with a special needs child: consider estate advice too

Family issues and legal issues often intersect. When you have children with special needs, there are even more circumstances to consider than the average family. Most families can discuss how they should deal with unexpected incapacity or the administration of an estate.

What do you need to know about designating beneficiaries?

When you're drawing up your estate planning documents, your California estate planning attorney will remind you that you need to ensure that you've designated the beneficiaries whom you want to receive the assets from your 401(k), other retirement accounts, life insurance policies and annuities with the company or institution where they're housed. Many people think that just listing the beneficiaries for those assets in their will is sufficient. However, it's not. The beneficiary designations on those accounts and policies supersede what's in the will if there's a discrepancy.

Preparing for a parent's incapacity

Some people are fortunate to stay physically and mentally sharp as a tack until their very last days, but many people just aren't that lucky. As they get older, they may become more forgetful, disorganized, and physically weak. All the details that go into managing their every day lives may start to get overwhelming, and it can be up to their adult children to step in and help -- whether the parent has asked for that help or not.

Don't forget your companion animals in your estate plan

For many of us, our pets are beloved members of our family. However, too often they are not considered when people are developing their estate plans. People just assume that a family member will take them when they die, or that they will outlive their pets.

Estate planning for people in their 20's and 30's

When you think about estate planning, it is common to think about planning for funerals and distributing wealth; including homes and investment accounts. This mode of thinking may lead people to believe that estate planning is only for the well-of, middle aged and elderly.

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