Estate Planning Is For Everyone
At the Law Offices of Karen J. La Madrid, in Riverside, California, we help individuals and families plan for the future, ease difficult transitions, protect themselves and their property, and provide for loved ones and favorite charities for many years to come.
Estate planning is not just for the very rich or old. Our clients come from many backgrounds and come to us at many stages of life.
We believe the primary goal of an estate plan is to make transitions easier for our clients and their families, and that all kinds of people and all kinds of families can benefit from good estate planning.
We help with documents such as:
- Powers of attorney
- Advance health care directives
- Health care planning
Some of our clients need relatively simple plans consisting of a will, a power of attorney, a health care directive and perhaps a few more items. Others need more complex tools such as trusts. When you are our client, we work with you to develop a plan that is right for you and your family.
Our attorney has extensive experience in estate planning, trust and probate law, and has the skill and knowledge to help you craft a plan that meets exactly your needs.
Why Estate Planning Is Important
When a person passes away, all his or her property becomes known as that person’s estate. A probate court oversees the distribution of the estate to the heirs. In cases where the person left a valid will, an executor or personal representative distributes the estate as the person instructed in the will. The court oversees the process to make sure everything goes according to law, and decides any disputes that arise in the probate process.
If the person did not leave a will, the probate court must decide how to distribute the estate according to state law. Essentially, this means the estate goes to the person’s surviving spouse and nearest of kin. In practice the process can take a long time, leave less of the estate to go around, and can often lead to results that are not what the person would have wanted.
Estate planning can make a big difference during your lifetime as well. Documents such as powers of attorney and advance health care directives allow you to make decisions about your own life and health in advance, so that you spare your loved ones from having to make those decisions if you become unable to make them yourself.