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June 2017 Archives

California estate planning mistakes can undo good intentions

Making plans for the ultimate future is not an easy step to take. It requires a certain emotional preparation to be clear and prudent about those critical decisions. Estate planning includes many factors beyond distributing one's assets, and those in California who are considering making these plans certainly wish to avoid mistakes that could hinder the accomplishment of their goals.

Estate planning for retirement may avoid devastating problems

In California, one of the greatest fears that people have about retirement is that their money will run out far sooner than expected. That can cause a person to face unwanted poverty head-on and to struggle excessively instead of enjoying life in one's golden years. The remedy against such a fate is to retain an estate planning attorney and a financial adviser or CPA to put a strong plan into effect. These professionals will work in tandem to set up a solid plan that will accommodate various factual possibilities in one's later years.

Choosing the right person to administer your estate

It's an activity that most of us avoid--sometimes even putting it off until it is too late. Planning for our eventual passing is not something that is high on our list of things to do. But not planning can leave family scrambling after you are gone. One of the kindest things you can do for those you love is take the time to prepare end of life documents such as a health care directive, trust and will.

Estate planning may require only a few basic documents

California law regarding estate planning and the administration of estates follows the same general framework and principles that apply in all other states. Each state has its own little twists and turns, however, making it advisable to begin and maintain one's estate plan in cooperation with an estate planning law firm in one's own state. The process involves making legal documents that become effective on one's death, and also in the event of incompetence, to handle one's financial affairs during life.