Similar to a last will and testament, a trust can designate beneficiaries to receive your assets when you’re gone, but it has several additional benefits. For one, a trust avoids probate court proceedings -- it is private -- by eliminating public hearings or public records. Also, trusts have the flexibility of safeguarding assets when you do not feel confident the child will make wise money decisions.
Losing someone close to you is extremely difficult and overwhelming. It's even more stressful when you receive constant calls from creditors regarding the decedent's unpaid debts. Unfortunately, debts are not automatically wiped out when a person dies. With several post-death activities to handle, you may be confused about how to manage your loved one's debts following their passing.
Creating a will can seem like a huge task, which is probably why so many people put it off until they are old or seriously ill. Every adult should have at least a basic will. If you have one, you are ahead of approximately two-thirds of American adults.
In order to create a valid will in California, the testator must have testamentary capacity. In addition, the person must be able to identify their assets and property and know their relationship with potential beneficiaries and heirs. However, different challenges usually arise when a loved one in the early stages of dementia or cognitive impairment wants to create a will or estate plan. Hence, it is crucial to ensure that the person is mentally competent to get their estate plan in place.
If you’re on your second marriage, or about to enter into one, your estate planning can get more complicated, especially if there are children from the previous marriage and stepchildren or new children from your second marriage. The best approach is to iron out everything with your intended spouse before marriage and then create a prenuptial agreement.
We understand how difficult it is when loved ones pass away. Not only do you have to process the loss emotionally, but you also need to figure out what to do legally. At the Law Office of Robert L. Firth, our team is here to help. You don’t have to go through this complex process alone.
An estate plan is essential for protecting yourself, your family, and your assets. Regardless of your age or financial situation, having a comprehensive estate plan in place is crucial to ensure the security of your heirs and your estate.
A gun trust is a special type of legal document that helps you possess and transfer certain firearms. It can also help you and your family members avoid potential violations of federal and state law. If you possess firearms and want to make them part of your estate plan, it is important to understand how gun trusts work as well as the benefits they offer.