PUTTING YOUR TRUST IN OUR LIVING TRUST ATTORNEYS
The goal in doing estate planning, in setting up a living trust, will, and other documents, is essentially to make things as easy as possible for you and your loved ones. Almost everyone who has a home in California or who has minor children should have a living trust, and absolutely everyone should have at least a will/some estate planning documents in place.
There are two primary situations we are addressing: one if you pass away, and the other if you are ever unable to make decisions for yourself (for instance, if you were injured in an accident, or you suffer from dementia down the road).
Bottom line, we want you to have everything set up properly so that in either situation, nobody has to go through probate court to have authority to take care of you or to manage your assets. Probate court is expensive, it is a long process that can take over a year, and it is just a waste of money.
Instead, we want you to have things set up so that the people you choose (and who you trust) will have authority to step in immediately and deal with things without having to waste time and money in court. They would be able to speak with your doctors, to deal with your property and bank accounts, and generally would be able to follow your specific directions. Beyond that, you are specifically choosing who wish to have inherit your assets, and for minor children, who you wish to name as their guardian.