How can I help you?
Estate planning services can cover a lot of ground, which is why I try to provide my clients with as much information as possible about the various services I provide so they can get a better understanding of how I can help. Through the years I've worked with countless individuals and families on a variety of different estate planning issues, but the majority of my work involves the following:
Advance Health Care Directive
In its simplest form, an Advance Health Care Directive is a document that expresses medical treatment preferences in the event that a person becomes legally incompetent and unable to make medical decisions on their own. In other states, these documents are sometimes called “living wills” or “powers of attorney for healthcare.” An agent is appointed by the person executing the document, and the agent is bound to follow the directions as given in the document. Generally speaking, an appointed health care agent will have the authority to make decisions about care, treatment, service, or procedure designed to maintain, diagnose, or treat an individual's physical or mental condition. The main power of this Directive allows an individual to stipulate the circumstances under which they want to be removed from artificial life support.
Durable Powers of Attorney
A durable power of attorney is essentially a legal document that gives authority to a named individual for all decisions related to finance. Like the Advance Health Care Directive, it is for use while an individual is living, but that person is not legally competent to make decisions. For example, a named power of attorney would have the authority to pay your bills, open and close bank accounts, contact your pension / 401(k) provider, etc.
Trust Administration & Distribution
California trust laws are designed to provide individuals with the ability to manage and distribute property while you are alive so that the transition of property can be seamless upon your passing. The state does provide a variety of different trust types that can be used to help you transfer benefits and property to specific family members, friends, and other individuals.
Estate Administration and Probate Services
When an individual dies without a will or trust to specify the division of their estate, typically the assets will have to go through the process of estate administration. The California Probate Code determines the heirs of the deceased individual, and the Court facilitates division to any remaining family members of the deceased. A common misunderstanding is that if you have a valid will in place when you die, you may bypass the court process. This is incorrect. In general, the family of the deceased who executed a will still go through the court, but the process is called probate.
Put My Experience To Work For You
At the end of the day, all of the various estate planning issues listed above can become infinitely more complicated if you don't have an experienced estate planning attorney working to ensure that the interests of you and your family are taken care of. If you or someone you know is in need of estate planning services, don't feel like you have to face these challenges alone. Call the Edington Law Firm, Inc. today and find out how I have helped countless individuals just like you find a solution to their unique situation.