Many people in California and throughout the nation avoid topics that involve their own mortality. Some say they like to focus on living rather than waste time discussing the inevitable. However, stories abound of people who have died without having made any effort toward careful estate planning prior to death, resulting in contentious debates and stress among family members later.
Planning an estate ranges from a very simple process to a complex situation. Both are best addressed alongside experienced legal assistance. Every person’s needs are different, and there are typically a great number of factors that must be considered in order to craft a plan that suits individual goals. Family size, income and types of assets are among the most common details taken into account when planning one’s estate.
Although, some people think that an estate plan is nothing more than a will, others understand it to be more of a collection of documents that often includes things such as a power of attorney and advanced medical directives, in addition to a last will and testament. The laws governing estate and probate administration vary by state. It is important that a person considering estate planning seeks clarification of such laws before beginning the process.
At McCoy Fatula, we are dedicated to serving estate planning clients throughout California. We are committed to helping you protect your assets and plan for the future provision of your family when the time comes that you are no longer with them. If you would like to request a complimentary consultation, you may do so by calling our office or using the convenient electronic form located on our website.