How Can a Person Avoid Probate Court?

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When a person passes away, their property and other assets are distributed in probate court. This process can be extremely lengthy, expensive, and emotionally taxing endeavor for a deceased person’s loved ones to endure. Fortunately, a person can put in place certain measures prior to their passing to ensure the smooth transition of their possessions to the people they choose without the need for probate involvement. This is accomplished by creating a thorough estate plan with the assistance of a skilled probate attorney.

At The Werner Law firm, our Santa Clarita estate planning attorneys can guide you through the appropriate legal channels of drafting and maintaining a legally sound estate plan. Our firm has helped countless clients since 1975, gaining an impressive collection of awards and accolades in the process. Having been named “Attorney of the Year” by the SCV Bar Association and five consecutive “Best Of” SCV awards, our experienced lawyers are equipped with the knowledge and experience you need to help you plan for your future with peace of mind.

To get started towards creating your estate plan, call our office today at (888) 630-9902.

What is a Living Trust?

One of the most useful estate planning tools that can be utilized to avoid probate is a living trust. Acting in a similar fashion as a person’s will, these legal entities allow you to name a chosen beneficiary, or a successor trustee, to receive your possessions at the time of your death and provide instructions as to how your assets should be managed.

A living trust can be used for the transfer of the following assets:

  • Property
  • Bank accounts
  • Vehicles
  • Stocks

If you so choose, a living trust can be revoked or changed while you are still alive to accommodate for any major life changes or property transactions. As long as you are the trustee, you can manage your property however you like. A beneficiary can be nearly anyone, including spouses, children, siblings, friends, and relatives. Once they receive your assets, they will be free to distribute them as you have instructed without the need for probate.

Plan for Your Future Today – Contact The Werner Law Firm

If you should unfortunately pass away without having created an estate plan, the courts will be left to determine how your assets will be distributed. Since the courts would have no knowledge of your true desires, it is highly likely court’s decision will deviate significantly from what you would have wanted. At The Werner Law Firm, our Santa Clarita probate lawyers can help you establish the appropriate wills and trusts to ensure that this does not happen, allowing you to prepare for many of life’s “what if” scenarios with confidence and security. Let us explore your situation and determine the legal option that is best for you.

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