The holiday season gives Los Angeles families the opportunity to get together. That can be something that can be hard to coordinate any other time of the year. There are only a few occasions outside of holidays that draw families to one place. Among the most common are births, marriages and deaths.
Many people are hale and hearty throughout their whole lives, but many more suffer health problems as they age that make it difficult to continue to perform tasks that were once easy. It's not uncommon for older Southern California residents to get to a point where they cannot or do not want to handle finances effectively.
An adult lifetime is spent carefully gathering, managing and protecting assets. If you're like many Los Angeles residents with considerable wealth, some or a great deal of those assets will outlive you to benefit the ones you love. Many affluent Californians supplement estate planning documents with trusts, to ensure that heirs and beneficiaries preserve assets wisely and receive the maximum benefits.
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.
Grief and duty mix following a family member's death. Relatives nearest to the deceased are often assigned the roles of executors and trustees with time-sensitive duties to perform. Fiduciary responsibility begins the moment someone dies and continues until estate assets are distributed, as directed by the decedent or a court.
You don't have to be a television, movie or music legend in Los Angeles to want control over inheritances you leave for heirs. If you think your estate plan is fine without a trust, you might be right. Then again, you might be missing something.
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.