California Trust Attorneys

Welcome to our law office website where we offer guidance and solutions regarding California trust law. Our website is designed to answer many questions a person may have regarding a family trust. If there is a specific question and you need to speak to a trust lawyer, just call us for the answer! Alice Salvo is a highly respected trust lawyer who is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law. She is experienced with the probate Courts in California.

We reply promptly to calls and emails. Please call us now or simply use the convenient contact form on this page to address any concerns.

What Problems Can Arise if You Do Not Have a Will or Family Trust?

A) Your money assets or property may go to a person you do not want! If you do not have a family trust, then the State of California decides who gets what, using their rules, which may be totally different from your wishes.

B) Do you want your spouse to inherit from you? In general most would like their spouse to inherit both joint and separate property. In a situation where you do not have a will or family trust and have only one child, your separate property is divided equally between your spouse and child. If you have two or more children, then your spouse will receive a one third interest and your children will divide the two thirds interest by default. Having a family trust allows you to decide who will inherit. If you do not have a family trust, then the government (probate court) decides how your assets are divided and who gets them, and for people who end up in this situation, their hard earned money, home, and assets often go to the wrong people.

C) If you are separated and not divorced and you do not have a will, then your estranged spouse will inherit from you.

D) If you are single with no children and you pass away without a will, this is the scenario. All assets go to your next of kin regardless of if you know them or not and whether or not you intended them to inherit. Suppose you had a sister or brother, and your father had other children from another marriage (even if you never met them). In that case, your sister or brother would share the estate with your father’s other children.

E) If you only have a Will, and own a home or estate valued over $150,000, then your estate will likely end up in probate court, a costly and time-consuming situation. If you have a properly drafted family trust, then you can avoid probate. In that case, all assets are easily transferred to your heirs. Your heirs receive the maximum amount because there is no loss of estate funds due to the probate process and related legal fees.

Experienced Trust Attorney Guidance

Alice A. Salvo is the lead trust attorney at the Law Offices of Alice A. Salvo and a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law as determined by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She has been handling probate, trust law, and estate cases for over 25 years.

Alice A. Salvo’s Ratings

  • As a trust attorney, she received the distinguished top rating of "AV" from Martindale Hubbell, a special honor only a select few have achieved.
  • She achieved status as a "Super lawyer" by, a designation that they say they only award to the top 5% of practitioners.
  • She earned the highest rating from, a perfect 10. She helps those with legal needs throughout the State of California in the areas of estate planning, probate, and trust law.

Our trust law office is located in Woodland Hills, CA. We conveniently help clients throughout California. If you are seeking a trust attorney to prepare a revocable family trust, give us a call.

Alice Salvo and her California trust law firm provide excellent value combined with efficient and effective legal services. She has represented and assisted thousands of clients, and many have posted testimonials and reviews on various respected web sites. She helps protect the assets of grandparents, parents and loved ones. Having an experienced California trust attorney matters when it comes to protecting your home and properties with a family trust.

Our Additional Areas of Expertise

We have focused on these areas for over 25 years. To best serve you, we can offer either an in person meeting or a telephone appointment. With today’s technology, distant clients may receive professional legal services and speak directly to the trust lawyer Alice Salvo by using our remote capabilities.

She effectively handles matters using email, fax, phone and standard mail. Additionally, she "appears" telephonically in Courts throughout California, via CourtCall. This makes it possible to take your case in various state locations! In many situations, telephonic CourtCall minimizes the legal fee for the client by eliminating costs for the trust attorney to travel to and from court.