Revocable Living Trusts

Santa Rosa Living Trust Attorney

It is an uncomfortable thought, but any of us could become incapacitated or die, unexpectedly. If you have property or assets to pass on to certain persons or charities, a living trust can be the perfect tool to control your estate.

There are three main benefits of a living trust:

First, the assets in the trust will not be part of your probate estate when you die. Probate Court assures the validity of a will and monitors the distribution of the estate. It is expensive and can take several weeks to many months. Property in a trust will pass to the beneficiaries upon death without court supervision.

Second, you can control the assets until you die or become incapacitated. You can name yourself as trustee, and name a successor trustee who would manage the trust upon your death or incapacity. A living trust can be managed, amended and even terminated when you want. Although it does not have the tax advantages of an  irrevocable trust, you have control in a revocable trust. A living trust often can avoid conservatorship in the event of disability or incapacity, especially when coupled with an estate plan with appropriate powers of attorney.

Third, neither the creation nor management nor distribution at death are public information. While probate serves an important purpose, your property and estate are  your business. A living trust provides privacy that a will does not.

Contact me to discuss your unique situation. There are disadvantages to a living trust; for example, assets may be subject to the estate tax.

I offer:

  • Client-centered solutions focused on client needs and goals with respect for client budgets
  • Private civil law practice, set within resources of a large firm, providing personal service with skills ranging from negotiation, mediation, collaborative practice, and litigation when necessary
  • Extensive experience in transactional and contract and document preparation, handling business and real estate matters directly or within estate planning or marital estate matters
  • Over 35 years experience offering client-centered solutions to family law and estate planning issues. Skill sets including court litigation, negotiation, mediation, and collaborative law practice.

Call my office today at 707.623.1157 or  contact me online to schedule an appointment.

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If you are considering establishing a financial estate preservation plan, or if you are an administrator seeking help with Sonoma County probate,  contact me to schedule a meeting. Successful outcomes start with the right choices about your future. My rates are reasonable, either hourly or by flat-fee, and I accept Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express.