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Wills & Trusts

Planning for the future is designed to gives you choices. One such choice is to make a will. If you do not make a will, the State or Country in which you reside will make that decision for you. Will normally must be submitted to the Superior Court unless the value of the estate is less than $100,000.
In California, there are two types of wills. One type of will is written completely in the hand writing of the person making the will and is signed without witnesses. This type of will is called a holographic will. Attorneys traditionally do not recommend this type of will because too many of the essential of a will elements are left out. Holographic wills may cause confusion and lead to disputes after the person signing the will has passed away.
The second form of will is typed and is usually made with the assistance of an attorney. Each State of the United States has requirements for the making of a valid will and they are not the same. Requirements for notarization or the number of witnesses varies from State to State. We recommend consulting an attorney to help you draft your will and to make sure that that will will accomplish your wishes when it comes into force. Indeed a will may not be the best way to accomplish your desires. A Trust or other arrangement may be more appropriate. Complex situations, such as when a person owns property in the United States and in Europe, need particular attention from tax, gift and other perspectives.
We would be happy to give you a half hour consultation at no charge to determine which type of document best suits your needs. Please feel free to contact us by fax, phone or e-mail.


A Trust is an alternative document to a will and allows a person to dispose of his or her assets at death without the need for supervision by Court. Trust must be carefully planned and must specifically set forth the desires of the person signing the Trust Document. Problems with the relationships between the heirs should be discussed and anticipated.


A Durable Power of Attorney sets forth what you wish to happen in the event that you are unable to take care of your own affairs. Perhaps you have been involved in an automobile accident and can not make those decisions. This document appoints someone to make those decisions for you and gives you choices as to whether you wish life sustaining treatment to be given to you at all costs, partially or not at all. You are able to tell your loved ones in this document exactly what you want to happen to you in case of death or incapacity. We recommend that you have a Durable Power of Attorney for Health care because you are the one to make these decisions for the future and not some other person.

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