Yes, You Need An Estate Plan

There are a lot of misconceptions about estate planning. Perhaps the most common mistaken belief is that estate planning is only for the very rich. In fact, everyone should have an estate plan.

At the Law Offices of Rebecca L. Chenoweth in Roseville, California, we help people plan for their futures, protect their assets and provide for their friends, families and favorite charities through wills, trusts and other estate planning tools.

Careful planning can help every family and every individual, and our clients come from many walks of life.

We help people with wills and trusts, powers of attorney, advance health care directives and more.

The Purpose Of A Will

Without a will to guide it, the probate court must decide on its own how to distribute your estate. The process can take a long time and a lot of money. When you leave a valid will, you appoint an executor and give the probate court direction as to how to distribute your estate. This gives you greater control over your property, but perhaps more importantly, it saves your loved ones a lot of time, uncertainty and money.

A will does not have to be complicated to be effective, but to make sure your will is valid and accomplishes what you want it to, it is important to get help from a skilled lawyer who can draft a will that is customized for you.

Trusts And Avoiding Probate

Trusts are powerful instruments for estate planning that can be adapted to many purposes. A well-designed trust can protect property during one's life and into the next generation, provide a legacy for family members, promote charity and more. One of the most common uses of a trust is to avoid the costs and delay of probate.

A trust is a way of dividing property between a beneficiary, who benefits from the trust, and a trustee, who manages the assets of the trust. One way of avoiding probate is to design a trust that goes into effect upon the grantor's death. In this type of trust, the assets are not part of the person's estate, and therefore do not have to go through the probate process.

We help clients with many types of trusts, designed to accomplish many goals.

Learn More

To learn more about how estate planning can help you and your family, contact our office today. Call 916-721-2510 or contact us by email.