California estate planning laws include ways Los Angeles residents can circumvent probate. Some probated estate issues take a long time to resolve and devalue an estate. In many cases, probate functions simply to verify the validity of a will so the last desires of a decedent take place.
The parents of baby boomers have reached an advanced age. The children of the World War II generation are baby boomers. Members of the country's largest-ever generation were born between 1946 and 1964, which means some Los Angeles boomers are already grandparents living in retirement.
A Los Angeles parent with adult children is incapacitated by severe illness. The children are uncertain whether estate planning documents exist, including powers of attorney that permit someone to manage the parent's finances or health care decisions. The children don't know whether the parent has made a will or where to begin looking for one.
Actor James Gandolfini was worth an estimated $70 million at the time of his death. Reports said the star of the HBO series "The Sopranos" left behind a will that passed the bulk of his fortune to a baby daughter and siblings. Critics felt estate planning mistakes cost the late actor's heirs tens of millions of dollars.
Parents of a disabled child often worry how to set up an estate plan that provides an inheritance without disqualifying the child from valuable government benefits. Estate planning trusts can be designed to help a special needs beneficiary without sacrificing Supplemental Security Income or Medi-Cal, the California Medicaid program.
Los Angeles estate planning attorneys just got very busy. In one fell swoop, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the Defense of Marriage Act and shot down Proposition 8 in California. Gay couples who reside in the state now can marry and gain federal financial benefits that were once denied to them.
What excuses do people in Los Angeles use to avoid making an estate plan? The same excuses people across the U.S. employ. If your internal argument includes "I'm too young to think about death" or "I'm not wealthy enough to make a will," then it's likely you may die intestate.
The youngest members of the baby boom generation are celebrating the last year of their 40s. First-born boomers entered retirement age two years ago; they turn 67 this year. The massive generation adds to the 65 and older population at the rate of 10,000 people per day, providing estate planning attorneys with a vast potential client list.
The content of an estate plan is a compilation of wishes and how to make them come true. Los Angeles estate planning attorneys act as translators and communicators so individual desires are carried forward legally, properly and completely.
The short answer is "Yes," although the emotional response is usually "Why would you do that?" Los Angeles attorneys know that no two estate plans or plan creators are exactly alike. Individual personalities, family disputes and relationship dynamics color the content of wills, trusts and other estate documents.