ESTATE PLANNING | PROBATE | WILLS AND TRUSTS
SAFEGUARDING YOUR FAMILY’S FUTURE THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA
A trust, coupled with effective estate planning should be an integral part of your planning for the future. Don’t let your age or the size of your estate dictate you putting off a living trust and estate plan. It allows you to ensure your assets go to the people, pets, and/or charities you love. Improper planning of your estate could lead to assets not ending up where you want them, or be reflect of your true desires. Also, they could go to people at times in their life when it would not be appropriate for them to receive money (ie: too young, receiving government benefits, etc). By properly planning your estate you can help minimize family conflict and costly court proceedings. Proper estate planning also takes care of issues such as disability by appointing agents to make health care decisions for you and agents to handle your financial affairs in the event of incapacity.
WILLS AND TRUSTS
You don’t have to be extremely wealthy to need a trust. A trust can be a useful estate-planning tool for lots of people and are great for minimizing estate taxes or protecting your estate.
At Michelle Goff Law, we want every client to feel as if they are the only client. We strive to take the time to listen carefully and explain clearly, and completely, all options available for their unique situation in a relaxed environment.
We have two concerns at Michelle Goff Law, client attention and balance. Your satisfaction with our attention to your needs is our premier objective. We also emphasize balance in one’s personal life rather than “doing time at the office”. As a result, we enjoy work life, and our employees enjoy working at Michelle Goff Law.
Ultimately, the interactions with our clients are not one-time transactions, but lasting relationships. The estate planning attorney often becomes viewed as the family attorney. The go to person when a legal question arises, because my services are not sought as a defense, but rather as a genuine desire to protect loved ones when we pass away. I encourage my clients to think of me as their situations in life change, and believe my firm culture reinforces my intention and goals and results in long lasting relationships with my clients.
Probate is the common term used to describe the court administration of a deceased person’s estate. Decedents leaving assets subject to administration must have their estate probated. A Will does not avoid probate … in fact, to be effective in most cases, the Will must be probated. Indeed, the term “probate” is derived from the French term for “prove,” for “proving the Will.”
We strive to take the time to listen carefully and explain clearly and completely all options available for your unique situation.
No matter how young you are or how small your estate plan is, as it allows you to ensure your assets go to the people, pets, and/or charities you love. If you do not plan your estate properly, assets may not end up where you want them or reflect your true desire. Also, they could go to people at times in their life when it would not be appropriate for them to receive money (ie: too young, receiving government benefits, etc).