Los Angeles Estate Planning Lawyer
Every adult needs to have a proper estate plan in place. You are never too young to think about estate planning. While it can be an uncomfortable thought for many people, it is imperative that you plan ahead to ensure that your assets (your estate) will be properly managed and that you and your loved ones will be fully taken care of in the event that you become incapacitated or otherwise unable to make financial or legal decisions for yourself.
At Fisher & Talwar, our top-rated Los Angeles estate planning lawyers are committed to offering comprehensive, fully individualized estate planning guidance to clients throughout Southern California. We have extensive experience handling the full range of estate planning issues. To set up a fully confidential initial consultation with an experienced estate planning attorney, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Los Angeles law office at (213) 805-7706.
Estate Planning in California: Understanding the Basics
A will (last will and testament) is a foundational estate planning document. It is a legal tool that can be an effective vehicle for making specific gifts of property and assets. It can also be used to select a guardian for a minor child or for another dependent. In a will, a person will typically name an executor of their estate. This representative will help to ensure a smooth, painless, efficient administration of the estate.
Even if you are planning on using a trust to pass on the majority of your property, it is still recommended that you have a will. Everyone should have a will. To ensure that your will is properly drafted and that it is in your best interests, you should consult with an experienced Los Angeles estate planning attorney. Should you find that you need to amend, replace, or even revoke your will — not uncommon — your estate planning lawyer in Los Angeles will make sure that it is done in the proper manner.
For many people, trusts are better vehicles for transferring assets than are wills. Trusts come in a wide range of forms, and they offer a number of different benefits. Perhaps most importantly, a trust — unlike a will — avoids the probate process. For that reason alone, it is often quicker and less expensive for beneficiaries to receive their share of the inheritance through a trust rather than through a will. Another important benefit of trusts is that they are fully confidential. In California, the probate process is public record. This means that a will is also public record — at least once it enters probate. If you are considering setting up a trust, or you have any questions or concerns about trusts as an estate planning tool, you should speak to an experienced Los Angeles estate planning attorney who can answer your questions and help you find and set up the trust that is best suited for your needs.
- Powers of Attorney and Advance Healthcare Directives
Another key part of the estate planning process is protecting yourself should you become incapacitated. You may want to create a durable power of attorney and advance healthcare directives. Your powers of attorney can be used to give a trusted party the authority to make important financial, medical, and/or legal decisions on your behalf, in the event that you are no longer able to do so. An advance healthcare directive can also be used to leave specific healthcare-related instructions. Most often, an advance healthcare directive is used to express a person’s values, desires, and wishes regarding end-of-life care. Through an advance healthcare directive that is set up by an experienced estate planning attorney, you can make sure that your specific health-related instructions will be understood, respected, and enforced.
Get Peace of Mind Through Effective Estate Planning
Estate planning is fundamentally about preparing yourself and your family for the future. At Fisher & Talwar, we are proud to offer careful, diligent estate planning services to individuals and families in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. Our legal team always takes the time to get to know you and your specific circumstances. Only when we understand your goals, your objectives, your concerns, and your unique family situation will we be able to help you craft the ideal estate plan, one that provides you true peace of mind, knowing that you, your loved ones, and your assets will be properly taken care of.
- We understand estate planning: You need an estate planning lawyer who has a comprehensive understanding of the laws and regulations that govern estate planning and who understands all of the latest, most effective estate planning tools and strategies. At Fisher & Talwar, our team has the experience and knowledge that you can count on.
- You deserve personalized attention: We know that everyone’s circumstances are different. Our Los Angeles estate planning attorneys will always take the time and energy to understand your unique needs and your long-term objectives. Our law firm is prepared to provide you with the fully individualized legal guidance that you deserve.
- Our estate planning lawyers are always available to help: Your time is precious and your needs matter. Our California estate planning lawyers are committed to providing you with the very best client service. With our law firm, you will get true access to your lawyer — not simply to secretaries and paralegals. We will go out of our way to fit into your schedule.
Contact Our Los Angeles Estate Planning Attorneys Today
At Fisher & Talwar, our California estate planning lawyers are strong advocates for our clients. Our goal is to make the estate planning process as smooth and stress-free as possible for you and your family. We offer each and every client carefully, personalized legal guidance that their situation deserves.
To set a private estate planning discussion, please contact us at (213) 805-7706. From our office in the heart of Los Angeles, we serve communities throughout Southern California, including San Bernardino, Santa Monica, Riverside, Palmdale, Visalia, Temecula, Apple Valley, Compton, Beverly Hills, Lancaster, and Glendale.