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What is incapacity planning?

When you write your will in California, you're not just planning for your death. You're also planning for the time leading up to your death. If you ever end up incapacitated, it's important to make decisions ahead of time before someone else makes them for you. What...

Should you try to avoid probate?

If you die without a will in California, your estate will go through probate. Even if you leave a will behind, your estate might go through probate anyway to give people the chance to contest your will. Probate can be useful in certain situations, but you might want...

Keeping your estate plan private

Many California residents may want to keep their estate plans private so that information relating to their assets and debts does not become public. Wills go through probate, which is a public process, so people might want to consider various alternatives. Trusts...

When to make changes to a will

Californians with any assets or property to their name should consider drafting a will regardless of their age. Wills can help ensure that assets are allocated to beneficiaries as intended. It is also important to revise wills when needed to add beneficiaries, such as...

Estate planning: wills vs. trusts

In California and across the U.S., it is important to have an estate plan. This plan can be guided by a will, one or more trusts, or a combination of both. Usually, either the will or the trust will have primary importance in an estate plan. When individuals use a...

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