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Answers to Common Estate Planning Questions

Do you want to begin the estate planning process in California, but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! At the Law Office of Rodney Gould, we know that the estate planning process can be complicated. But as an experienced lawyer, Rodney Gould, is happy to answer any questions you have.

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Choosing an Estate Planning Lawyer in California

Choosing an estate planning attorney in California can be confusing, particularly if you’ve never hired a lawyer before. In order to help make this decision a little easier for you, we’ve compiled the following tips to help get you started.

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Life Insurance as an Estate Planning Tool

Estate planning allows individuals to get their financial affairs in order before death. Some of the most well-known estate planning tools include advance health care directives, wills, and living trusts

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How are Wills Challenged in California?

When an individual is unhappy with the terms of another’s will, he or she may be entitled to challenge it in court. The four primary reasons that wills are invalidated in California are lack of testamentary capacity, undue influence, signature problems, and fraud.

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What Is a Supplemental Needs Trust?

If you have a family member or loved one with special needs requiring lifelong care and support, you may want to consider establishing a supplemental needs trust. The beneficiary of a supplemental needs trust will allow you to provide your loved one with financial assistance without putting them at risk of losing critical public benefits.

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All About Wills in California

Wills are an important part of the estate planning process. A will allows its maker, known as a testator, to accomplish a number of things, including leaving property to people or organizations.

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What Is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust (QPRT)?

Qualified Personal Residence Trusts are not used very often anymore, but they are still good to be aware of. This type of trust may be something you want to consider during the estate planning process. It is also a type of trust that you may have to deal with if your parents or grandparents set one up.

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What Is a Small Estate in California? – Law Office Of Rodney Gould

Probate is a notoriously lengthy and often expensive process. In the estate planning process, many people look to either eliminate the need for their estate to go through probate or at least minimize the things that will be subject to probate. In California, certain estates deemed to be “small estates” have the option of going through a simplified process for settling an estate.

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What Does It Mean to Die Intestate?

Estate planning is important on so many levels. It is far too easy to keep putting it off. It involves facing some difficult choices and confronting some potentially unpleasant situations such as death or incapacitation. Failure to properly plan for your future, your family’s future, and your estate’s future, however, can have dire consequences.

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Why You Need a Living Will

An often overlooked, yet very important part, of estate planning is incapacity planning. There may come a time when you become incapacitated and are unable to communicate. It doesn’t matter what your age or health may be. Accidents happen and sudden illnesses develop. Put a plan in place now so that, should you ever become incapacitated, your loved ones and doctors will be clear on your wishes.

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