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If you haven’t yet pulled the trigger on beginning the estate planning process, you likely identify with one of the following reasons why: perhaps you feel like you don’t have time to sit down with an attorney because of the demands of your daily life, or you just don’t know enough about estate planning and want to wait until you have done more research, or maybe it’s simply too hard to consider a future that doesn’t include you.

Whatever your reasoning may be, the fact remains that no one is promised tomorrow, and if you don’t take the time to plan today, you might be too late to make a difference. Our skilled Fresno estate planning attorneys are dedicated to ensuring your experience makes you feel as confident and empowered as possible. We will take the time to explain your options, answer any questions you may have, and understand the unique goals you have for your and your family’s future. Call today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we can serve you!

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What Does An Estate Plan Entail?

An estate plan is a collection of legal documents that determine how your estate – all of your savings, your house and any other properties you own, your possessions, your investments, etc. – will be managed during your lifetime and distributed upon your death. They can also express your wishes for other crucial matters that may need to be handled in the wake of your death or incapacitation, like who will become the guardian for any minor children you have or the type of medical care you receive if you are unable to speak for yourself. 

Estate plans are highly customizable, but at the minimum, our Fresno estate planning attorneys recommend having:

  • A will
  • A trust (or a combination of several trusts)
  • Advance healthcare directives
  • Guardianship designations
  • Power of attorney
  • Beneficiary designations

What Are The Advantages Of Having An Estate Plan?

There are many benefits to having a comprehensive estate plan, but the 3 most important for you to be aware of are…

  1. Estate plans are explicit – since you have taken the time to ensure that all of your wishes and preferences are expressed through legal documents, there won’t be much room for argument, whether that be amongst your family members, the court, or medical professionals
  1. Estate plans keep you in control – it’s your life, your future, and your money! You should be the one to make the important decisions.
  1. Estate plans protect your family from having to deal with complicated legal matters in the wake of your death – when people pass on with no estate plan or missing some of the critical components of one, their families are the ones left to sort through everything. There’s the possibility that they may have to get your estate through the complicated California probate process (which is long and expensive), which brings the added risk of other complications like will contests, lawsuits, and squabbles between relatives over who gets what.

Why Choose Our Fresno Estate Planning Attorneys?

Creating an estate plan is often complicated and deeply personal. It can be difficult for many people to have to consider a future that they are not a part of. However, you can trust our compassionate Fresno estate planning attorneys to treat you with the utmost grace and sensitivity. Our legal team boasts over 70 years of collective experience and an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell®, as well as California Super Lawyers designations for 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014. With us on your side, you can have peace of mind that what matters most to you will be protected! Call today to schedule your free initial consultation and take the next step!

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