Everyone Needs An Estate Plan

Many individuals have a handwritten or homemade will that they hope to use to distribute their assets in the case of their death. Unfortunately, many are unaware that these documents are not official legal documents and often are not honored by courts. In the case of death, if you do not have an official will or trust, you will not be able to be certain that your property will be given out to your intended beneficiaries. If you do not have a will for yourself, the state may make a will on your behalf after you pass away, and they will decide how your assets are divided and who the beneficiaries will be.

At The Sexton Law Firm, we help people avoid common estate planning mistakes and create effective plans that protect their interests and their loved ones no matter what happens.

Things To Consider When Writing A Will

A will is a legal document that expresses one's wishes for how his or her property will be distributed after one's death. If you are thinking about writing your will, or updating your current will, then there are several important things to consider. One of the first things is naming an executor for your estate — someone you would entrust to see that your assets are distributed to the beneficiaries you have named in your will. If you have young dependent children, you will also need to name a guardian for them.

If you have dependents or other young beneficiaries to whom you want to pass on your assets, a living trust may also be something you might want to consider. A living trust is a legal agreement that is created when a person is still alive, in which the trustee holds the assets for the intended beneficiary until the time that is assigned in the trust — usually either upon the trustee's death, or when the beneficiary reaches a certain age, or upon another date or condition determined by the trust creator.

Free Consultation With Our Estate Attorney

We're always happy to answer your questions and discuss what kind of plan would best fit your needs. We offer free initial consultation to any potential client, where our lawyer will sit down with you to hear your needs and concerns before making a recommendation for planning your estate. To get started, call our offices at 619-678-1833 to schedule a free consultation. We also offer free will and trust estate planning workshops. With offices in Chula Vista and Oceanside, we serve clients throughout Southern California.