Estate planning is the process of creating a plan to protect your family and financial interests in the future. It can give you peace of mind and provide for the financial security of your loved ones. For those who are new to estate planning, there are a few key steps that can help you get started.
Why Estate Planning Should Be a Priority
Estate planning is essential for everyone, and it’s especially important for those who have loved ones that depend on them financially. Without an estate plan, you have no control over who will handle your estate and how it will be distributed when you die. This can lead to difficult decisions that may not be in the best interest of your family. An estate plan will ensure that your wishes are carried out in accordance with the law, and it will provide financial security for your loved ones.
How Estate Planning Can Give You Peace of Mind
Estate planning can give you peace of mind knowing that your loved ones will be taken care of in the future. It can provide clarity and direction in the event of your death or incapacity, ensuring that your wishes are followed. You can also plan for long-term care and medical decisions, ensuring that you’re taken care of in the event of an illness or disability.
Preparing for a Meeting with an Attorney
When you’re ready to create an estate plan, it’s important to find an experienced attorney who can help you through the process. Before you meet with your attorney, it’s important to gather all of the necessary information, including a list of all of your assets, a list of debts, and any documents that may be relevant to your estate plan. You should also make a list of questions that you want to ask your attorney, such as how they will handle the distribution of your assets, and whether they can provide guidance on long-term care or medical issues.
Questions to Ask Your Attorney
When meeting with your attorney, it’s important to ask questions about the estate plan that you’re creating. Here are a few questions to consider:
• How will my assets be distributed after my death?
• How can I protect my assets from creditors or lawsuits?
• What legal documents do I need to create an estate plan?
• Are there any tax considerations that I should be aware of?
• How can I make sure my estate plan is updated as my life changes?
Ready To Get Started
Creating an estate plan is an important step in protecting your family and financial interests in the future. At California Probate and Trust, PC, our experienced attorneys can help you create an estate plan that meets your needs and goals. We offer free consultations, so don’t hesitate to contact us today to get started.
Dustin MacFarlane’s primary focus is on Elder Law and protecting families and seniors. He is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Specialization — a rare distinction.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. MacFarlane worked in the Long Term Care industry. After becoming licensed to practice law in January of 2009, Elder Law quickly became his focus. Seeing the need during his former career, Mr. MacFarlane pursued Elder Law as a primary area of practice.