Estate Planning in California: Most Common Documents Used in a Simple Estate

Estate planning in California can involve several steps since the purpose is to provide for your heirs or otherwise ensure that your assets are used in the way that you want after you die. A well planned estate also minimizes estate taxes and helps reduce problems between the survivors. In this post, we’re going to look at the most common …

What Are the Duties of an Estate Administrator in California?

In California, an Estate Administrator can either be named as part of your estate plan or one can be appointed by the probate court. In a previous post, we discussed some important points about naming an executor. If you haven’t read that post, make sure that you do. Choosing the right Estate Administrator is important because this person will have …

CA Probate Law: What Assets Will Pass Through Probate?

CA probate law outlines the probate process from start to finish. For most people, reading the law is the last thing they want to do particularly when they are dealing with the loss of a loved one. One of the most common questions people have regarding CA probate laws is: which assets will pass through the process? Here’s what you …

Probate Cost: How Is the Cost of Probate Determined in California?

Probate costs

When you die, your family will have a lot on their plate. It’s a stressful time. They must look for your will, take care of your funeral or memorial service, begin the probate process, follow through on the instructions of your will or with the decisions made by the probate court if you had no will, and make an accounting …

California Intestate Laws: Here’s What Happens If You Don’t Have a Will

California intestate laws can affect your family if you die without a will.

Many Californians don’t create a will. A Last Will and Testament (commonly just referred to as a “will”) is used to direct the distribution of your assets. It also plays another important role. If you die and leave behind minor children, your will appoints someone to care for the children until they are adults. Additionally, any assets that you want …

Is There an Estate Tax in California?

Estate taxes in California

One of the goals of estate planning is to minimize taxes due. Is there an estate tax in California? The short answer is no. California does not have an estate tax. However, that doesn’t mean that your entire estate will pass through the way you intended totally tax free. Let’s look at some of the ways that your estate may …

Writing a Will in California: Who Should Be Named as Executor?

Writing a will in California

Writing a will in California is one of the components involved in creating an estate plan. However, it is important to note that writing a will in California won’t necessarily help your family avoid the probate process. What it can do, however, is make the process a little bit faster and less expensive since you’ve explained how you want your …

5 Ways to Make the Probate Process Easier

The probate process is something that is often misunderstood and feared by families in the United States. In reality, it plays an important role. It helps ensure that the desires of the deceased are honored, debts are paid, and that minor children are properly cared for. It can also help reduce the fighting that often rears its ugly head between …