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Nobody can predict the future and with that comes a level of uncertainty that no one wants to face. Estate planning is crucial as it gives you control over your assets not only after death but during your life as well. Regardless of the size of your estate, it is vital to prepare an estate plan.

In the state of California if you have assets valued at more then $150,000, upon your passing your family will have to go to Probate Court. Don’t force them to have to deal with the unnecessary time and large fees of Probate Court. The cost of Probate is usually TEN to TWENTY TIMES the cost of preparing an estate plan. Put that money in your pocket instead of the pocket of others.

By planning ahead, you will be guaranteeing that you minimize the legal fees and taxes for your heirs. Our assistance with your estate planning will help you reduce estate taxes, avoid the emotional and financial effects of probate and protect your assets against in-home or nursing care costs. Additionally, if you become incapacitated, advance directives become very important in the handling of your affairs.

Contact our office today to learn more about how the Orange County estate planning attorneys/lawyers at Jafari Law APC can help preserve your wealth and allow you to maintain control of your future.

Our firm is here to offer assistance with all aspects of the estate planning process including:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Healthcare Directives
  • Reducing Estate Taxes

Wills

The attorneys at Jafari Law APC are here to help you draft your will.  In your will, we will establish who will care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death including any wishes you have regarding burial or funeral arrangements.

Trusts

Jafari Law APC Estate planning lawyers can help you set up a living trust, which can help your heirs avoid probate. Unlike a will, which is a public record, a trust remains a private document that can only be seen by an appointed trustee or a successor trustee.

You can use your trust to clearly outline your intended distribution of your assets. This allows you the power and flexibility of making these decisions now, and not at a time when you are in a rush. A revocable trust allows you to retain power and control of your assets until such time as you pass, and will allow those assets to pass to your specified heirs in the manner you wish. It is a guarantee that even upon your passing, your intent has been clearly outlined and cannot be deviated from.

There are also a variety of other trusts that may meet your goals, such as family trusts, special needs trusts, charitable remainder trusts, and irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs).

Advance Health Care Directive

Jafari Law APC is here to ensure that you have an Advance Health Care Directive in place, which will specify who can make health care decisions in the event you are unable to make your decisions.

Preparing an Advance Health Care Directive offers the best assurance that decisions regarding your future medical care will reflect your own values and desires. It provides you with the opportunity of choosing the individual you would like to make your health care decisions in the future and removes any fear of the unknown regarding your continued health and care.

Power of Attorney

Jafari Law APC prepares a Power of Attorney for many of our clients as well. The Power of Attorney will allow you to authorize someone else to handle your financial affairs in the event that you are unable to make decisions for yourself.

There are different types of power of attorney, which the attorneys at Jafari Law APC can review with each client to ensure that the most effective type is chosen for your needs. Our goal is to find the best solution to meet your specific needs.


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