Why Everyone Needs Estate Planning

Estate Planning ensures that your assets and health care wishes are protected and honored and that your loved ones are provided for in the event you become incapacitated or die, especially when minor children or others depend on you. It can include wills, trusts, and more. A trust attorney can help you find the best estate planning tools.

Why Each Estate Plan is Unique and Custom

To meet the needs and expectations of the individual family dynamic, intelligent estate planning should be custom-designed by an estate or trust attorney to reflect the particular nuances and family circumstances, and pass on harmony, and not conflict and discord. The goal is to pass on more of your assets, while reducing the cost.

15 years of estate planning and trust attorney experience in Los Angeles to help you design your own custom Estate Plan. You select only the tools you need - and you control the price of your plan.

Experienced Trust and Estate Planning Attorney

  With the changing landscape of Estate Planning laws under the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it is the responsible thing to do to ensure your Estate Plan is current, and takes full advantage of the new rules. Because the estate tax exemptions were increased to $11.2 million per person ($22.4 million for a family), for most families it would be wise to revise existing complex credit shelter trusts to take full advantage of a step up in cost basis at the first death of a spouse, to avoid first-to-die trust administration and its high costs, and to allow the surviving spouse full access, management and control of all of the trust assets. Creating and reviewing your current plan with an estate planning lawyer will help you to maximize the financial benefits of your estate and can introduce you to tools that will be beneficial including trusts, power of attorney, and wills. An important added benefit of such review is ensuring that the family’s assets are property titled in the Trust, and avoid accidentally triggering Probate administration at the first, or at the second death of a spouse - all good reasons to dust off an existing estate plan and ensure that it is still current, and still furthers the goals of the Settlors.
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