A Comprehensive Estate Plan Protects You And Your Loved Ones
As a San Diego wills and trusts attorney, I am familiar with a full range of estate planning services, each with its own unique purpose. In general, these services are dedicated to ensuring that a person’s assets are distributed according to his or her wishes.
Those wishes are made clear through the use of an estate plan, which designates beneficiaries for all of the person’s assets. The simplest estate plan requires only a will; however, many people also prefer to include other instruments, such as a trust, in their plan.
Before I create an estate plan, I will meet with you personally to determine your unique needs and goals. Together, we can determine which estate planning tool you should use to avoid costly court proceedings and ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes.
Handling The California Probate Process
When a person dies, his or her estate plan must enter a process known as probate. The probate process distributes the named assets.
Unfortunately, not all estate plans are agreeable to the concerned parties. When family members or other beneficiaries feel as though the deceased person’s estate plan is improper in some way, they have the right to file a lawsuit. Will contests such as these can be complex and time-consuming. As your lawyer, I will make every effort to ease this burden and make the process go as smoothly as possible. If possible, I can negotiate a settlement that favorably resolves the situation. If necessary, I will aggressively defend your interests at trial.
Providing For Those Who Need Assistance
In some situations, clients may also need to make arrangements for a conservatorship or a guardianship. A conservatorship appoints a person to manage either the personal or the financial affairs (or even both) of a person who can no longer care for him or herself. A guardianship appoints a person to care for a minor. These can be highly emotional issues, ones that will have a drastic effect on the lives of everyone involved.
No matter what legal service you require, I will be ready to provide experienced advice and professional understanding of the relevant laws. To contact the Law Office of Suzanne P. Nicholl, PC, fill out my online form or call +1-619-894-8552. I offer free initial consultations to all first-time clients, as well as evening and Saturday appointments. My law firm offers convenient, free parking; however, if you are unable or unwilling to travel, I will be happy to meet with you in your home or hospital room.