The Pitfalls of “Do-It-Yourself” Estate Planning

The Pitfalls of “Do-It-Yourself” Estate Planning

You may be asking yourself this question when it comes to estate planning:

Why should I go to an attorney for an estate plan? Can’t I just do it myself? There are so many on-line sources available to choose from and it seems pretty simple. Isn’t it just as good to do-it-yourself (D-I-Y)?

The problem with “doing it yourself” in the area of creating wills, trusts, financial powers of attorney and health care documents is this – no matter how good the forms or how detailed the non-attorney creating them is – you just don’t know what you don’t know…

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Costs of Probate in California: What You Need to Know

Costs of Probate in California: What You Need to Know

In California, if your assets are valued at $150,000 or more and they are not directed to beneficiaries through either a trust plan, beneficiary designation, or a surviving spouse, those assets are required to go through the probate process upon your incapacity or death.  Here are the costs you can expect if faced with probating … Read more