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Inglewood Estate Planning & Probate Attorney

Protect Your Estate with Help from the Law Offices of Maria N. Jonsson, PC

Estate planning can be a delicate topic for some families. We know how emotionally charged it can be to talk about the future. Our Inglewood estate planning and probate lawyer offers all clients compassionate and thoughtful legal services. We want you to feel confident when making these important decisions, and we want the estate planning process to be as conflict-free as possible. When you hire the Law Offices of Maria N. Jonsson, PC, we take the time to get to know you and your needs, and we a prepared to bring you the customized estate planning services for which you are looking.

If you need help with estate planning, probate, or trust administration, reach out to us today. Call our firm at (310) 935-0706 or submit a contact form online.

We Offer a Complete Range of Estate Planning Services

If you own property or have assets you want to be preserved for your beneficiaries, you should speak with our Inglewood estate planning and probate attorney. If you die without a will, trust, or other estate planning documents in place, your assets will be divided and distributed by the court without any consideration of your wishes. Additionally, should you become incapacitated, your family will not have any sense of how you wish to be cared for. Careful estate planning gives you control over the future and allows you to prepare for the unexpected.

We offer the following estate planning legal services to residents in Inglewood:

  • Advanced Health Care Directives and HIPAA
  • Business entity formation
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Pre- and post-nuptial agreements
  • Power of Attorney for asset management
  • Trust administration
  • Wills and trusts

We Offer Professional Trust Administration Guidance

Living trusts, revocable and irrevocable, are some of the most common. Revocable trusts are the more flexible of the two as they can be amended and changed should the grantor's mind or needs change. Revocable trusts can also be fully abolished. On the other hand, irrevocable trusts cannot be changed and must be managed by a trustee, not the grantor. However, they do offer protection from creditors, lawsuits, estate taxes, and the probate process. Similarly, once someone dies, their revocable trust converts into an irrevocable trust.

Trust administration is handled by the trustee and is a serious responsibility. If a trustee fails to do their duty or mismanages the trust, they can be held accountable and punished by the court.

The trust administration process includes:

  • Filing the will with the county
  • Notifying named beneficiaries or heirs
  • Compiling asset information
  • Inventorying the estate
  • Sending notice to creditors
  • Publishing an official notice to creditors in the newspaper
  • Notifying Medi-Cal
  • Creating a trust bank account
  • Hiring an accountant
  • Selling specified assets

This list is only part of the trust administration process. Because the trustee's role is so complicated, it is recommended that trustees work with a skilled attorney, like ours at the Law Offices of Maria N. Jonsson, PC.

Experienced Probate Help

Probate is a court-supervised legal process by which a deceased person's assets are accounted for and distributed to their heirs or beneficiaries. The probate process is long and can take 12-18 months. It is also expensive. If someone dies intestate or without a will, their entire estate must go through the probate process. Even with a will in place, your estate may be subject to probate. The only way to avoid probate is with a living trust.

We know that estate planning is stressful, but our Inglewood estate planning and probate attorney is prepared to help relieve the burden and reduce your stress. With extensive experience handling all types of estate planning matters, including the probate process, we have the knowledge and resources you are looking for. When you need help preserving your estate for future generations, turn to the Law Offices of Maria N. Jonsson, PC.

To learn more about how customized estate planning can help you, call us at (310) 935-0706 or connect with us online. All consultations are confidential.

  • We Work as Part of
    a Larger Team

    We work with out client’s financial planner, CPA, realtor & insurance broker to implement a well-rounded and thorough legal plan for wealth preservation & inheritance transfer.

  • Strategic Planning &
    Attention to Detail

    We carefully look at each factor that affects the execution of an estate plan – from the perspective of minimizing and eliminating reassessment of property taxes to avoiding post-death conflicts.

  • Mediator by Training & Peacemaker by Heart

    We believe that an estate plan should leave behind not only property, but most importantly – harmony, rather than tear families apart with poorly drafted or ambiguous and confusing term

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