Make sure that you and your family are prepared for the future with help from an experienced probate attorney from Medeiros & Associates Lawyers in Victorville, CA. We offer caring and comprehensive estate planning services that support our clients during a phase of life that can sometimes be challenging.
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 will be well provided for after you're gone. Living trusts and wills both allow you to choose and name beneficiaries for your property, but each has unique benefits as well. For example, a living trust allows your estate to avoid the headaches of probate court, while a will typically requires this process. On the other hand, a will allows you to name guardians for your minor children, which cannot be done with a living trust. Our experienced attorneys can provide guidance on which is the best option for you.
Adding and Addressing Codicils
Because life is constantly changing, the law provides for updates to your will that reflect new circumstances or preferences. This service allows you to augment, revise, or revoke an existing will without creating a new document.
Our team will assist you with all phases of trust administration. We’ll help manage and distribute your assets to your intended beneficiaries and ensure that any outstanding debts are paid by your trustees.
The process entails working with 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 because of Alzheimer’s disease or another health condition, 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 another option to ensure your wishes are taken into account if you can no longer make decisions for yourself. It’s a way to communicate the type of health care you want to receive, and it allows you to choose a healthcare agent who is authorized to make decisions about your care on your behalf.
Although estate planning can be overwhelming, it doesn't have to be with the guidance of our trusted attorneys. Let us help you navigate the complex laws that govern wills, trusts, and probates. Visit our office or call 760-241-1234 for a free 30-minute consultation about your estate planning needs.