Wills and Estates
Our office drafts wills and other estate planning documents for clients in the Santa Clara County and neighboring communities. We also represent people who have been named the administrator or executor of a deceased person's estate in probate proceedings.

Probate is the process of paying creditors and distributing the balance of a deceased person's estate to beneficiaries in accordance with the decedent's will — or in accordance with California law if there was no will. The person responsible for the probate process is called an executor if there is a will or an administrator if there was no will.

We often represent children following the death of their parents. While people can probate a parent's estate without a lawyer, it is difficult to do so in California because the rules of our probate courts are both complex and arcane.
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While everyone should have a will, most married couples as well as single individuals find that a living trust is usually the best estate vehicle for them. The trust enables you to designate your beneficiaries, your trustee, and transfer your assets to the trust while you are alive. In most instances the trust is revocable which means you can amend or change it at any time while you are alive. You can modify or even change your beneficiaries and/or your trustees at any time. The benefit of a living trust is that it avoids probate where your estate would be public record and open to anyone willing to go to the courthouse and examine your personal assets.

In addition to the trust, our office provides a Will, a Durable Power of Attorney, and an Advanced Healthcare Directive. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive estate plan for each and every client irrespective of their financial situation.

The Advanced Healthcare Directive provides for your wishes as to whether or not you want to remain alive by artificial means, such as a respirator or other medical advances that may keep one alive in a vegetative state. This is a decision you should make and not leave it up to your family members. This document enables you to instruct family members and medical providers to either remove or maintain artificial life support and feeding tubes if you are in a coma with no hope of recovery.

The Durable Power of Attorney will provide for your agent to handle all of your personal affairs in the event you become incapacitated, whether permanently or temporarily. Such power of attorney avoids your family members having to file for a conservatorship which is intrusive, timely, and expensive.

If you believe a living trust or even a simple will is in your best interest, please feel free to contact this office. I can guide you through the process of the will and trust and let you determine which avenue is right for you. Our fees are reasonable and my office tailors each and every estate plan to suit the particular needs of my clients.
 
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