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Estate Administration & Probate Archives

Elder law considerations: singular and often complex

It's hardly a surprise that planning considerations adjust somewhat for most people as they age. Persons who suddenly find themselves dwelling upon matters such as incapacitation and long-term care needs are anything but an anomaly. We all age, and purposeful -- that is, timely and customized -- planning to deal with such contingencies can yield material piece of mind.

Why is avoiding probate a goal for many in estate planning?

Probate is a process by which a decedent’s assets can be transferred to his or her beneficiaries, and any debts of the estate can be paid. For many individuals, however, the goal of estate planning is to avoid probate. 

How do community property laws affect estate planning?

Is estate planning affected by whether a jurisdiction is an equitable distribution or a community property state? The answer is yes, and since California is a community property estate, individuals should heed several considerations.

Special needs planning for your child

Children with special needs require additional planning and care. Special needs children often require expensive care for the rest of their lives. Many parents may think that it will be beneficial to simply leave inheritance in their will to their child. Unfortunately, this can create more problems for individuals with special needs.