Tackling any legal issue on your own can quickly turn into an exercise in frustration and confusion. This is certainly true when it comes to estate planning. Not only can it be difficult to know what documents to complete and ensure they are legally enforceable, but it can also be an emotional struggle to make decisions regarding end-of-life care and the distribution of your assets when you are gone.
Every person has unique circumstances to consider throughout the estate planning process; this means that every estate plan must be developed on an individual basis. In too many cases, the realization that a plan does not accurately reflect a person’s wishes comes too late.
In order to avoid costly mistakes and oversights, you can work with our law firm to develop and review estate plans to ensure they meet your needs. We have experience with all aspects of estate planning and understand how each decision could affect you and your loved ones.
For example, you may have an advance health care directive in place, but do you (and your representatives) fully understand the responsibility that comes with this document? Are you all aware of what decisions can and should be made in the event that you are unable to make your own health care decisions?
In terms of distributing your assets, have you explored all the options for how best to minimize the tax implications? Do you have a clear and enforceable plan in place to avoid or minimize potential courtroom disputes? Does your will accurately reflect your current circumstances?
These are considerations that ultimately must be made by you, but you don’t have to go through this process alone. The Law Offices of Darrell C. Harriman can help you feel confident with your decisions by giving you crucial information and guidance. With over three decades of legal experience, we have a strong understanding of estate planning laws, options and requirements and can use this knowledge to help you build and enforce an effective estate plan in California.