Frequently Asked Questions About California Estate Planning

Did you know estate planning laws differ from state to state?

You need state-specific answers for a California estate plan, and The Law Offices of C. Lee Hewitt can deliver. Our lawyers offer experienced estate planning services to Fremont and Alameda County citizens.

In the interim, here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions.

What Is A Will? What If I Die Without One In California?

A will is a legal document outlining asset distribution among your loved ones after your passing. You can designate beneficiaries for your belongings, guardians for your children and an executor to oversee your estate in a will.

If you die without a will (intestate), the state distributes your assets, potentially leaving your preferences unfulfilled.

What Is A Trust? How Is It Different From A Will?

A trust allows you to transfer estate assets into the trust for containment and management. The trust holds these assets for your continued use or for your heirs to receive after you die.

Unlike a will, which takes effect after death, a trust can care for your assets during your life. It is also an efficient way to keep your property out of probate and can be part of an asset protection plan.

What Is A Durable Power Of Attorney? Why Might I Need One?

With a durable power of attorney, you authorize an agent to manage your affairs if incapacitated due to illness, injury or age. Your agent can pay your bills, manage investments, and make essential financial decisions, ensuring your affairs run smoothly.

What Are Advance Health Care Directives? Why Are They Important?

Advance directives like a living will and medical power of attorney give Californians a voice in their medical care. You can specify your preferences for treatments like life support if you are unable to speak for yourself.

Advance health care directives can ease burdens on your loved ones while respecting your right to self-direct your medical care.

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