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Common issues with not having an estate plan

What happens to my children?

If you have minor children, the Probate Code (laws enacted by the California Legislature) will determine who will raise your children upon your death. If you designate a person in your estate plan, that person will have priority over everyone except the child’s other natural parent.

What happens to my money and my home?

If you do not have a properly prepared estate plan, assets in your name alone will be distributed as determined by the Probate Code. This will often involve a costly 1-2 year court process referred to as “Probate.”

Who will make my medical decisions?

Remember Terri Schiavo? Everyone age 18 or older should have an “Advance Directive for Healthcare.” We include this document in your estate plan and it names the person(s) you choose to make your medical decisions if you are unable. Without this, your wishes as to your medical care may not be known or followed, a costly conservatorship could be required, and a person you would not want and someone you would not choose could end up making your medical decisions.

How does it affect my loved ones?

Problems among family members often occur when there is stress and uncertainty. Having an estate plan can bring peace of mind to you and your family. With an estate plan, you and your loved ones can rest assured that your wishes will be carried out. Additionally, with an estate plan, estate taxes can be minimized or avoided and costly probate is generally not required. Protect your loved ones today!

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1741 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach, California 90807

Serving the greater
Long Beach area
since 1975