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4 Reasons to Develop an Estate Plan Now in North Hills, California

While estate planning may seem like a morbid subject, developing a comprehensive estate plan now can be pivotal to protecting you and your family in the future. After all, the only certainty of life (aside from death) is that things will change, and having an estate plan that can appropriately deal with these changes can:

  • Provide you and your family with peace of mind.
  • Reduce future stresses, particularly in the event of incapacitation or death.

Here’s Why You Should Devise an Estate Plan in North Hills, CA

If you don’t already have an estate plan in place, here are some of the top reasons to consider devising an estate plan as soon as possible:

1. Planning for Your Minor and/or Special Needs Children

Your estate plan can specify who you want to care for your minor children should you pass away or become incapacitated. If, however, upon your death or incapacitation, you don’t have an estate plan in place, it will be up to the court to decide who will care for your minor children, and the court may not select the person whom you would have wanted caring for your kids.

Similarly, if your child has special needs, developing an estate plan can allow you to set aside money in a special needs trust. This can be crucial to ensuring that your child still has access to essential government benefits (e.g., disability benefits, etc.), as well as the additional financial support you have provided via the trust.

2. Planning for Incompetency

You never know when an accident or illness may render you unable to care for yourself and/or manage your own affairs. With an estate plan in place, however, you can choose someone (via a power of attorney) who can make important decisions on your behalf regarding your finances, medical care and/or end-of-life decisions.

3. Avoiding Probate

Probate can be as stressful and complicated as it may be costly – especially if the decedent did not leave a will or any estate plans behind. This can end up meaning that a large portion of an estate that would have gone to a decedent’s heirs ends up going to creditors, estate taxes, legal fees, etc.

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Helping Clients With Their Since 1980
  • Practicing Since 1980

    I have over four decades of helping my clients through the legal process.

  • Personalized, Responsive Service

    I'll craft a personalized strategy that fits the specific needs of your case.

  • Clear Answers In Plain Language

    Simplifying complex legal issues enables you to make informed decisions.

  • Proactive Representation

    As a seasoned attorney, I work to anticipate any issues you may face in your case.

North Hills Estate Planning Lawyer at the Law Offices of Darrell C. Harriman

Are you to device an estate plan? If so, it is time to contact the trusted estate planning attorney at the Law Offices of Darrell C. Harriman. Since 1980, I have been committed to providing his clients with the highest quality estate planning services and representation.

I provide the highest quality legal services to clients throughout the San Fernando Valley, Simi Valley, North Hills and the greater Los Angeles area.

To discuss your estate planning needs and options, contact the firm by calling (818) 892-7093 or by filling out the contact form on this page.

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