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:
Living Wills & Contested Wills
In its simplest form, a living will is a legal document that expresses an individual's medical treatment preferences in the event that they become unconscious, or otherwise incapacitated. These documents typically allow an individual to stipulate the circumstances under which they want to be kept on 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 decisions related to artificial life support. For example, a named power of attorney would have the authority to decide whether or not the patient should remain connected to a respirator, or other life support devices, unless these terms are specifically stipulated in a valid living will. Generally speaking, an individual who holds the power of attorney will have the authority to make decisions on any care, treatment, service, or procedure designed to maintain, diagnose, or treat an individual's physical or mental condition.
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.
When an individual dies without a will or trust to specify the division of their estate, typically the estate will have to go through the process of probate. Probate is essentially a process that allows the courts to decide how to divide and distribute an estate to any remaining family members of the deceased. If there are multiple individuals fighting over an estate, the process of probate can become an essential court proceeding that will decide who gets what.
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.