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How to Choose the Best Estate Planning Attorney

How to Choose the Best Estate Planning Attorney

July 1, 2022 By The Sterling Law Group

If you pass away without a Will, many assets and properties not in beneficiary accounts will be distributed as the State sees fit after you pass away.

 

Many of us have seen conflicts between family members and friends who argue back and forth about who was supposed to be left after a relative passed away. It can be an ugly thing, and that is just one of the reasons why having a concrete last will and testament is so important.

How Can an Estate Planning Attorney Help Me?

One of the reasons having a greatly helpful estate planning attorney is so important is simply because the average person doesn’t understand all the “legalese” and other terminology that comes along with this type of planning.

 

One of the more popular ones is “decedent’s estate.” California Courts break down what these terms mean, and explain that “the decedent” is the actual person who passed away, and that “the estate” is what they possessed or owned at the time of their death.

 

Sometimes, people will think that “estate” only stands for an actual home or other large pieces of real estate property. But, an estate can represent many other things, such as cars, artwork, or valued jewelry items.

What Happens If I Die Without a Will in California?

The best way to ensure that your estate, belongings, monies, etc. go precisely where you want them to when you pass away is to attain the services of a knowledgeable estate planning attorney. If you do not have a last will and testament drafted before your death in the State of California, things can get a lot more complicated.

 

When you die without a will in The Golden State, your items will be distributed by following what is called intestate succession laws. These laws are what determine how your things will be passed out among your loved ones.

 

For example, the law says that your property and other assets could be divided up “per stirpes,” which makes it easier to divide up your things if you have no designated person or persons to pass them on to who are officially written in your will.

 

For example, let’s say that you want to pass on your estate to your two children, Beth and Danny, but Danny dies before you do. In that instance, what would have gone to Danny would now go to his children (split equally between them), and Beth would still receive her full half of everything.

 

The California Legislature goes more into detail about these laws, and after learning about them, many people make the firm decision to attain the services of a helpful estate planning attorney. Your legal representative will not only help with getting your property distributed just the way you want it (to family, friends, organizations, or others) but can also help with the entire drafting process of your official last will and testament.

Contact Our Reputable Roseville Estate Planning Attorneys

At The Sterling Law Group, our Roseville estate planning attorney will use the years of experience to give you the peace of mind of knowing that your real estate property and other valued belongings are distributed exactly how you want after your death. Don’t hesitate to contact us today for more information on how to get started on drafting your will.

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