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ESTATE PLANNING

Looking to avoid the cost and time of probate?

Looking to minimize potential estate taxes?

Looking to ensure family harmony in the future?

Looking to plan for your long term care?

Whatever your objectives are, we have a great deal of experience in assisting clients in developing their estate plans.  We take a lot of joy in guiding clients in planning for their own futures and the future of their families.  We use our experience and expertise in these matters to help clients choose the appropriate tools for their estate plan.  These may include the drafting of wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, advanced health care directives, life insurance trusts, or qualified personal residence trusts.  We also regularly assist clients interested in charitable giving with the creation of instruments like charitable remainder trusts.

The estate planning process can be difficult mentally and emotionally.  We believe in making sure our clients are educated about their options and that the process is one where the client will ultimately be at ease and comfortable about the decisions that have been made about their future and the future of their loved ones.

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TRUST/PROBATE ADMINISTRATION

The administration of an estate is never an easy time.  Families must deal with the loss of a loved one, and are suddenly faced with the stark task of winding us their loved one’s estate.  Even with the best planning in the world, trustees and executors still face a difficult job.  We aim to make it an easier and smoother process for our clients by using our knowledge and experience of the administration process. 

We routinely assist clients named as Trustees, Executors, and Personal Representatives through the administration process.  We make sure they are aware of the law and guide them from potential liability every step of the way.

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TRUST/PROBATE LITIGATION

Trustees, executors, personal representatives, conservators, and guardians are all fiduciaries under California Probate Law.  There are countless ways these fiduciaries can violate one of their many duties under the law.  We routinely assist beneficiaries in suing fiduciaries who have violated their duties.  We also help fiduciaries fight back against beneficiaries and third parties who are harming the trust or estate with.  We use our experience and expertise of trust, probate, and litigation matters to help you.

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