Is it worth it write a Last Will and Testament when you are still in your 20s or 30s? What if you are still single or don’t own your first home yet? The fact is that responsible estate planning isn’t about your age or how much you own. Here are three reasons millennials should have a will.
- You have the energy – If you don’t, imagine how much worse it will be in another 10 or 20 years. Now is the time to take care of things that consume time and energy but are necessities, and that includes estate planning.
- You should be making healthcare decisions in advance – Estate planning isn’t just about deciding who gets your stuff. You also need to make advance medical decisions and appoint someone to carry out your wishes if you are every unconscious or incapacitated.
- Accidents happen – We hope this never happens to you, but if you end up the victim of a tragic accident, you want to make sure your family is taken care of, and that means planning in advance for the worst-case scenario.
Care for Your Loved Ones with Estate Planning
Estate planning shows your love and concern for your family goes beyond just the time that you get to be with them. This is how you show your affection even after you are gone. Call 619.344.0360 today to speak with a professional estate planning attorney at Petrov Law Firm. Let us help you to plan ahead for the future in the state of California.Read More
If you have been named the executor of someone’s last will and testament in the state of California, then you have a weighty responsibility to carry out. Here are three tips to help you succeed.
- Communicate well – You are going to have to spend a lot of time on the phone negotiating the estate’s taxes, debts, and creditors. You also need to stay in constant communication with the court and with the beneficiaries.
- Stay organized – There is a lot to do as an executor, so being organized is a necessity. Be sure to keep track for the decedent’s wishes as well as important documents while you are working out the details for the heirs.
- Get help from an estate attorney – Estate planning attorneys have experience both helping people plan for their estate as well as helping executors to carry out the task that has been placed upon them. While you may worry about spending some of the estate on legal counsel, it’s far better than making a mistake that could cost the beneficiaries a large sum or tie up the money for months or even years.
Estate Planning Lawyers in San Diego
For the best estate planning lawyers in San Diego, North County, and Chula Vista, residents turn to Petrov Law Firm. We’re here to help you whether you are planning for your own future or carrying out the wishes that you have been entrusted with. Contact us today by calling 619-344-0360 and schedule an appointment at one of our three convenient locations.Read More
There are a lot of things that can be fun to do yourself. In fact, many home projects can save you a ton of money if you learn to take care of them on your own without the help of a paid professional. However, when it comes to your estate planning, you don’t want to take any chances. Here are three reasons:
- Mistakes – Even if you go to a legal website that offers a form will and legal support, there are still mistakes that can easily be made. Whether it is something that is omitted that should have been in your will or perhaps wording that is not valid in California (since legal matters vary from state to state), you just want to be sure that your planning is valid.
- Dispute resolution – Don’t let your life’s work end up tied up in probate court for months or even years before your beneficiaries are left with what hasn’t been spent on court fees. The wording is key when it comes to estate planning. You want to be sure that things are ironclad, so no one can challenge your decisions.
- Confidence – Hiring an attorney can give you peace of mind because you won’t have to worry if your DIY will is good enough to get your wishes carried out.
Southern California’s Premier Estate Planning Attorneys
If you are ready to prepare your estate plan with confidence, then it is time to call the pros at Petrov Law Firm. Dial 619-344-0360 today to get the help you need in being prepared for the future.Read More
Making your own decisions is an important part of the estate planning process. After all, it is your future, and the whole point of estate planning is to ensure that your wishes are carried out regardless of whether you become incapacitated or pass away. But a do-it-yourself will based on an online template poses several risks.
- Leaving out important details – An estate planning attorney will know what questions to ask. Do you need to change your beneficiaries? Have you opened new accounts since you last looked at your will? You don’t want a 20-year-old will to outline wishes that you don’t even agree with anymore.
- Loopholes – When you leave money or other assets to family and friends, you don’t want to leave loopholes mistakenly. This could result in a greedy or vindictive family member dragging out a long probate battle, exhausting much of the funds and tying up what isn’t wasted.
- Taxes pitfalls – You don’t want your beneficiaries getting stuck paying most of your estate out in taxes. An estate planning attorney can help you to pass along the funds the right way and even help you to leave advice for beneficiaries.
Handling Your Affairs the Right Way in Southern California
The San Diego based attorneys at Petrov Law Firm can help you to handle your affairs the right way so that no details are left out, all the loopholes are closed, and tax concerns are handled properly. For peace of mind in the estate planning process, call 619-344-0360 today.Read More
Estate planning is about more than just deciding what kind of funeral you will have or who will receive what from your personal belongings. Long-term care, which is often necessary at the end of a person’s life, is a vital consideration. Why is this the case? Here are three reasons:
- It Happens to a Lot of People – While only about 1 in 10 people will spend over three years in a nursing home, over 40% of people will be there for at least some time. Whether you end up in a nursing home or an assisted living facility, failure to factor it into your estate plan can be devastating to your benefactors.
- It Costs a Fortune – An assisted living facility can cost upwards of $3,500 per month. As you can imagine, that can drain the estate of most seniors rather rapidly. A one year stay in such a facility can take over $40,000 from your estate. Even if you have millions, you didn’t earn it to give it to a private care facility, and estate planning is the right way to minimize costs.
- Your Health Benefits Probably Won’t Cover It – Many older ones make the mistake of thinking it doesn’t matter how much extended care facilities cost because they have Medicare, Medicaid, or some form of private insurance. You can choose to protect yourself with a long-term care insurance policy. Just be sure you don’t end up paying for the care in advance by means of exorbitant premiums.
Helping You to Prepare for the Future in Southern California
At Petrov Law Firm, we want all of our clients to enjoy their golden years and still have something to pass on to their family. Contact our experienced estate planning attorneys today by calling 619-344-0360 to get started on an estate plan that will meet your needs.Read More
DIY has become a buzzword with fewer and fewer people wanting to pay someone else to do something that they think they can handle themselves. That’s great when it comes to most things. However, planning for your future and for the benefit of your heirs is one of the times that you don’t want to take chances. Here are three reasons to pass on using a DIY will for your estate plan.
- Interpretation Disputes – You may be an eloquent person, but that doesn’t mean your every word will be interpreted correctly or the same way by two different people. If there is a dispute over what something you say in your will means, it can tie your estate up in probate court for years and result in a great deal of your assets going to the court system rather than to your beneficiaries. That isn’t what you’ve worked so hard for all your life.
- Mistakes – Even if you get a little online legal assistance from a site that helps you put together a will, you don’t get the personal attention that you would from a local estate planning lawyer who is specifically experienced with the laws in your state. Mistakes in wording or even in omitting something (like failure to name a healthcare agent) can lead to major issues.
- Peace of Mind – You shouldn’t have to wonder if your will is going to be good enough. Hiring an estate planning attorney can provide you with peace of mind. You will know that all of your bases are covered and that your family’s future is secure.
Hire the Right California Estate Planning Attorneys
If you are planning for the future in the state of California, Petrov Law Firm has the estate planning lawyers you want on your team. Our compassion and experience will make the process as simple as possible and provide you with the peace of mind you want. To get started, call us today at 619-344-0360.Read More
The end of any calendar year is a good time to start planning an update for your estate plan. While you will have to wait for year-end financial statements to update any specific numbers in your will, you can start reviewing the will early to make sure there aren’t any significant changes to make.
Work with your estate attorney to reduce the number of exact numbers in your will. For example, instead of saying, “I leave $10,000 to my nephew,” you can generalize the number as a percentage. “I leave 10% of my saving account to my nephew.”
On the surface, the use of exact dollar amounts isn’t a problem. However, any money in your estate that is left over after distribution will have to go through probate, triggering fees. So instead of dollar amounts, use percentages to ensure that 100% of your estate is distributed through the will and not probate court.
Of course, even a will that accounts for 100% of the estate could need a regular update. Using the example above, if you happen to move money out of your saving account and into an investment account, you will need to update the information to ensure that your nephew still gets some money when you pass away.
A will is a living document that need regular attention. If you don’t have a will, start by making an appointment with an estate attorney as soon as possible. You don’t have to have your financials in perfect order before you sit down with an estate planner for the first time. An estate plan is an ongoing process, and the best time to start is now.Read More
If properly constructed by an estate attorney, the will has certain phrases to keep its general intent evergreen. For example, the will could use percentages instead of dollar amounts to ensure the entire estate is accounted for in the will. Instead of naming specific people, the will could use terms like “grandchildren” to ensure no one is unintentionally neglected.
If the will is more than ten years old, unaccounted dollar amounts could mean that the will is forced to go through probate court. For investors, high interest returns are fantastic. But unless those gains are accounted for through a well-worded will or updated estate plan, a measurable percent of the investment gains could end up going to pay for probate fees.
If you are a beneficiary named in an out-of-date will, hire an estate attorney to help you minimize the financial losses. The legal system will often take the “spirit” of a legal document into account; however you will need a good lawyer to help you argue this point.Read More
Not all families get along, and the promise of an influx of inherited money can fuel the flames of anger, resentment, and greed. If you have a family member who is likely to battle over life’s little details, you might need to contact a lawyer to ensure your will (or a loved one’s will) can be easily defended, if contested.
If the will is more than three or four years old, visit a lawyer and give it an update. Even if there are no changes, document the review of the will. If the will ends up being reviewed by a judge, you will have the favor of the legal system if the will was recently reviewed for fairness and accuracy.
If you (or your loved-one) has started to see a decrease in mental ability, contact a lawyer to confirm your current mental status as sufficiently sound and validate the contents of the will. Decreased mental capacity is a strong basis for contesting a will. However, if you can confirm the text of the will while still with a generally sound mind, the will won’t be vulnerable to being contested.
If the will assigns a substantial percentage to one child over another; or if it assigns a significant amount of money to an organization, visit a lawyer and confirm the details. Again, anything that stands out as unusual could be grounds for contestation.
The more documentation around the creation of will, the better. Witnesses, doctor’s notes, and the help of a good estate planner will ensure that your wishes are carried out exactly as you want.Read More
When you and your lawyer write your will, you write it assuming the named beneficiaries will be alive when you pass away. However, sometimes beneficiaries pass away early. And not everyone updates his or her will to keep up to date with those kinds of unfortunate and significant changes
If you don’t change your will and one of your named beneficiaries has already passed away, then the probate court will award your assets to the beneficiary’s natural successors. For example, if you name your sister as the beneficiary of your house, but she has already passed away, then your sister’s spouse and children will step in as the beneficiaries. If you have a family member you specifically, don’t want to gain from your assets, then you will have to work with your estate planner to word the document in exact and specific ways.
Several kinds of investment accounts, banking accounts, and life insurance rewards have built-in requests and/or requirements that force you name both a primary and secondary beneficiary. These documents will often take precedence over your will. Be sure to review these documents alongside your other estate planning documents to ensure there are no conflicts.Read More