California Estate Planning Blog And News2018-03-03T16:11:58+00:00

Difference Between a Will and Trust

A lot of people don't understand the difference between a will and trust. A will is a legal document which directs who will receive your property upon your death. In comparison, a living trust is a legal document which can also give instructions on how to distribute your property upon your death. With this in mind, however, a key difference between a will and trust is that a trust can also be used to distribute property before someone passes.

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How to Lodge a Will in California and File Probate

Most Executors have a hard time giving up possession of a decedent's original will. However, by law, the custodian of an original will must lodge the will with the Superior Court within 30 days of learning of the testator’s death. This is a statutory requirement under California Probate Code Section 8200. Keep in mind, the custodian can face legal penalties if they do not lodge a will in a timely fashion.

How to Set Up a Living Trust

The process to set up a living trust in California is relatively straightforward and most people can do it themselves without having to hire a lawyer. To set up a living trust, you will need to know how you want to distribute your estate when you pass away. A People’s Choice can help you set up a living trust for a fraction of what it would cost to work with an attorney.

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Best Ways to Avoid Probate in California

We all work hard during life and hope we'll be able to pass an inheritance to our children. California probate is expensive and time-consuming, taking between 8-12 months to complete. Here are the three best ways to avoid probate in California and to make sure your beneficiaries receive the most of your estate.

How to Prepare Your Own Estate Planning Documents

You can prepare your own estate planning documents without hiring an attorney. Contrary to popular belief, estate planning does not have to be difficult. Once you understand common estate planning documents, you will be able to choose which documents work best for your family. Here is a list of estate planning documents you should consider.

Steps for Filing Probate in California

The steps for filing probate in California can be overwhelming. For example, the process can take 8-10 months. One of the steps for filing probate in California includes identifying and valuing all assets. For low-cost, non-attorney help with the steps to file probate in California, contact A People’s Choice today.

California Simplified Probate Procedures Allow Transfer of Real Property

Use California simplified probate procedures to transfer real property valued under $150,000, and bypass expensive probate. California simplified probate procedures can be used to transfer personal property as well as real property and can be completed within 1-2 months. Make sure you know your probate options!

Advantages of a Living Trust

There are many advantages of a living trust. Setting up a living trust can avoid the expense of filing probate after someone passes away. We can create a living trust and your other estate documents for a fraction of cost an attorney would charge so your estate can avoid probate, conservatorship or guardianship.

Settle Estate Using California Small Estate Probate Affidavit

Which California small estate probate affidavit can help you transfer real or personal property to beneficiaries in small estates and avoid probate? A California small estate probate affidavit is a quick way to transfer personal property or transfer real property under $50,000. Here is what you need to know about settling estates using a California small estate probate affidavit.

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