We Focus on Your Individual Estate Planning Needs and Goals
The Law Office of Carol A. Fauerbach will work with you to develop an estate plan that meets the unique needs of both you and your loved ones.
An experienced estate planning attorney can help you create an estate plan that provides you with the following:
- Control: You designate who will make decisions on your behalf if you are incapacitated, and how your property will be distributed if you pass away. Without the right legal documents, the court will likely become involved. Court involvement is typically far more expensive and difficult for your heirs, and decisions may not be made in the manner that you desire.
- Protection for you, your family and other loved ones: We will help you to develop a plan to protect you if you become incapacitated, and will help you to develop a plan to provide for the health, education, maintenance, and support of family members and other loved ones who may have difficulty providing for themselves after you are gone. In addition, estate planning documents communicate your wishes regarding who will raise your children should you die before they reach adulthood, and who will manage their inheritance.
- Reduce family conflict: We will work with you to anticipate and plan for areas of likely family conflict regarding control and distribution of your assets and decisions regarding your personal care and medical treatment should you become unable to make those decisions for yourself. By anticipating, planning for, and providing clear instructions regarding these areas of concern, you can reduce conflict. This is particularly true in cases when there are estranged family members or blended families where spouses have children from prior relationships.
- Cost savings: Developing an estate plan will help your heirs avoid a costly and time-consuming probate process. California law provides for probate fees. These fees are often far more expensive than the cost of administering a trust outside of court. Beneficiaries typically receive their inheritance far quicker if probate can be avoided through estate planning.
- Privacy: A trust instrument is a private document. Administration of a trust is typically without court involvement. This means the terms of your trust may be kept private rather than being made part of the public court record.
- Provide for your pets: We can work with you to develop a pet trust to provide for your dogs, cats, horses or other animals should you become incapacitated or pass away.