Probate & Estate Planning
The passing of a loved one can be a trying time. What happens to the assets of that loved one could be equally trying and confusing.
Probate is the legal procedure to admit a will to proof. Also during this process, the decedent's property is subject to administration by his or her personal representative. Finally, a thorough inventory of the decedent's assets is conducted and from these assets, all of the decedent's outstanding taxes and debts are paid. Any leftover assets from the will are allocated to the rightful heirs and beneficiaries. Often times, legal complications can occur during the probate process. Our probate attorneys can assist you with the probate process and help you deal with the legal issues that may arise. Probate can take anywhere from a few months to several years. The completion of the probate process depends on a multitude of circumstances.
To avoid legal problems and to ensure that the probate process is carried out exactly as you intended, consult with our experienced estate planning or probate lawyers. If you want to contest a will or have probate issues, contact Howard Law for your free consultation.
People often think that an estate plan is something that only the super rich have or that it is totally unnecessary. But that's just not true. These are just some of the reasons why you should have an estate plan. We recommend that you should have an estate plan if:
- You are the parent and have children under the age of 18
- You own real estate or have personal property that you care about
- You are concerned about your health care treatment
If none of the above-mentioned circumstances concern you or do not apply, then you do not need an estate plan. However, if you fit into one of the aforementioned categories or it pertains to your situation, then you should have an estate plan.
Our estate planning attorneys can help you with process. Good estate planning involves more than just simply drafting a will. Our attorneys will customize an estate plan that meets your unique needs while also minimizing your potential taxes and fees. We will also set up contingency plans to make sure your wishes regarding health care treatment are followed. Our attorneys will also plan for what will happen with your home, your investments, your business, your life insurance, your employee benefits (such as a 401K plan), and any other property in the event you became disabled or in the event of your death.
Our attorneys regularly practice in the areas of wills, trusts, probate and estate planning making it easy for us to provide you with sound legal advice as you put your estate plan into place. Our prices are affordable and our level of hard work and excellence is high. Contact Howard Law now for a free consultation.
- Living Trust
- Health Care Power-of-Attorney
- Power-of-Attorney for Assets
- Asset protection
- Revocable Trusts
- Special Needs Trust
- Estate Tax
- Gift Tax
- Life Insurance Trusts
- Los Angeles Guardianship Attorneys
- Decedent Estate Administration
- Intestate Estate
- Small Estate Affidavit
- Spousal Property Petition
- Trust Administration
- Trust and Probate Litigation