Make sure that you and your family are prepared for the future with help from Medeiros & Associates Lawyers in Victorville, CA. We offer caring and comprehensive estate planning services to our clients in Greater Victor Valley, as well as the counties of Orange and Riverside.
Our Estate Planning Services
Writing Living Trusts and Wills
Creating a living trust or will gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your loved ones are well provided for. Living trusts and wills both allow you to choose and name beneficiaries for your property, but offer unique benefits as well.
For example, a living trust allows you to avoid the headaches of going through probate court, while a will may not. On the other hand, you can name individuals to act as your minor children’s guardians. You cannot do this with a living trust.
Adding and Addressing Codicils
Life is constantly changing. In light of that, the law allows you to make changes to your will to reflect changes in circumstance or preferences. Codicils are written into your will when you need to add to, revise, or revoke it without drawing up a new will altogether.
Our team will help you with all phases of trust administration. We’ll help manage and distribute your assets to your intended beneficiaries. Additionally, we’ll make sure that your debts are paid by your trustees.
The entire process entails working with various other individuals and entities, selling property, auctioning off personal effects, and dealing with mutual funds and stocks. Unlike probate, trust administration does not require the court’s involvement.
Writing Powers of Attorney
If you lose the mental capacity to make sound decisions, for example, because of Alzheimer’s disease, a power of attorney (POA) lets you authorize a trusted individual or organization to make certain decisions on your behalf. The individual becomes your agent or your attorney-in-fact.
Depending on what you’ve laid out in your POA, your agent can manage your financial affairs, monitor your investment portfolio, recommend a guardian for you, and more.
Writing Advance Healthcare Directives
An advance healthcare directive is helpful when you unexpectedly find yourself in a position where you can no longer make decisions for yourself. It’s a way to communicate what type of healthcare you want, and it also allows you to choose a “healthcare agent” who is authorized to make decisions about your care on your behalf.
Estate planning can be an overwhelming task. Let us help you navigate the complex laws that govern wills, trusts, and probate. Drop by our office for a consultation or call us at 760-241-1234.