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Understanding what a trustee does before choosing one

Many people put off estate planning because they don't want to think about their own deaths. Others put it off because they think it's only necessary for rich or old people. Then others put it off because they are overwhelmed by the choices they need to make and the variety of options.

Does your loved one's estate need probate or administration?

When a beloved family member dies, you may know that many different affairs will need addressing. You may wonder whether you have the right or ability to help handle those remaining tasks, and the answer to that question may depend on whether your loved one created a will or other estate planning documents.

Protecting your digital assets and your information

California readers know that most people have a significant digital footprint. From Facebook accounts to online checking accounts, you likely have a portion of your life online. For many people, it is necessary to protect these accounts and private information stored online by including digital assets in a will.

The details of your living are important for your future care

If you have a will, you may think that is all you need to have a complete estate plan. In reality, many California residents benefit from additional estate planning tools that allow them to have more control over certain conditions, such as how assets are used after their death or health care planning. 

Could a trust help you qualify for Medi-Cal?

When you reach your older years and time of retirement, you may find yourself among the many individuals who need long-term care. Numerous issues could result in the need for this care, such as mental deterioration, serious illness or injuries. Unfortunately, incapacitating events are not uncommon for individuals over the age of 65, and the costs of receiving care can often prove difficult to address.

Your needs may not qualify for Medicare coverage

If you were unable to attend the recent seminar on protecting your assets when you need nursing home care, you may have missed out on vital information that could bring you some peace of mind as you get older. Many people reach a certain point in their lives when they can't avoid the fact that their bodies -- and maybe their minds -- aren't so reliable anymore. It's no shame to admit needing help.

Issues to avoid when creating a comprehensive estate plan

Nobody is perfect. Humans make mistakes; they're a part of learning. One area, however, you might want to be pretty meticulous about is in the creation of your estate plan. By leaving a plan that is comprehensive and that distinctly spells out your wishes, you will be giving your family an invaluable gift. Fashioning such an estate plan will go a long way toward making sure no feelings are hurt and that no disagreements ensue between your loved ones.

Seeking guidance on the various types and benefits of trusts

With a certain amount of uncertainty involved, many individuals may be hesitant to put a plan in place for the future. However, chances are, you may have preferences as to the distribution of your assets and how you wish to provide for loved ones after you are gone.

3 aspects of probate you may need to know

After a loved one dies, you certainly know that many tasks will need attention. However, you may find yourself among numerous other Woodland Hills residents who feel some confusion when it comes to settling the estate of a deceased individual. Though certain terms may seem familiar to you, knowing how to apply those terms and what the processes associated with them entail could seem like foreign concepts.

Setting up a special needs trust for the benefit of a loved one

It can be incredibly difficult to care for a loved one with special needs, and often, California families facing this unique challenge often wonder about how they can continue to provide care long into the future. There is not way to control what happens in the years ahead, but there is a way to plan for contingencies and ensure that a loved one has what he or she needs no matter what.

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