Estate Planning Articles And Tips


Dying without a will is a problem for our loved ones. You have worked hard all your life, so you want to make sure your wealth goes to your loved ones when you die and is distributed according to your wishes.  


But what happens when you pass away without a will in California?  If there is no will who gets the decedent’s assets, house, or other real estate? 


 A person who passes away without first establishing a valid will is said to die “intestate”. 


What does that mean? Read more.


Talking about estate planning is one of the most sensitive and emotional topics among family members.  Death or incapacity is never the best topic during family gatherings, and this is understandable, because no one finds their death or incapacity as a comfortable point of discussion. 

However, making an estate plan is an essential part of preparing for the future. It ensures that there are measures in place to control, manage, and distribute your hard-earned properties among your loved ones and to ensure that taxes won’t eat up most of the estate that you set aside for your family. Read more.


Because estate planning can be a bit complicated, going it alone brings potential trouble for those without a background in law.  Properly planning your estate, however, can be a great way to take care of yourself and your loved ones. 

Being aware of these five common estate plan mistakes will help you feel secure enough to handle whatever the future may bring.  Read more.


Talk about an advance healthcare directive and most people will tend to think that it’s just done when one reaches old age.  When you’re healthy and at the prime of your life, thinking about emergency medical care is the farthest thing from your mind. 

But life is full of surprises and in a blink of an eye, a medical crisis can leave you too ill to make your own health care decisions.  Read more.


What Is Probate?  Probate is controversial and often gets a bad rap.  Without even understanding what it really is, people pull out all stops to avoid it.  But what’s the fuss really about?  And is it as bad as people think it to be?

According to Investopedia, leading source of financial content on the web  “A probate is a legal process in which a will is reviewed to determine whether it is valid and authentic. Probate also refers to the general administering of a deceased person's will or the estate of a deceased person without a will.”  Read more.

Guardianship is a legal relationship formed by the court when a child, minor, or an incompetent adult is under a custody of an institution or someone other than the parent. The appointment of a guardian may be through a declaration in a will or an appointment by the court.

Guardianship laws vary between each state in the US. In California, a guardian is needed in the event a minor’s (below 18 years of age in California) parents are no longer qualified or capable to make legal decisions for them whether they be incapacitated, incompetent, or deceased.  Read more.


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