Estate Planning In Emeryville, California

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In Emeryville, California, "estate planning" refers to the process by which a person makes arrangements related to their property after their death. It can (and should) also encompass personal issues that might come up immediately before and after a person's death.

One of the first things an estate planner will ask you about when you come to them for help is what you want to put in your will. A will is a document which says who is going to get your property after your death. Once it is proven valid, a will is binding, meaning that the beneficiaries get legal ownership of whatever is left to them. Obviously, if you have any interest in what is done with your property after you die, a will is going to be at the center of your estate plan. However, it is rarely the only part of a solid estate plan.

A solid estate plan will also include instructions to your doctors about your preferences for end of life care, in case you become unable to express them. This is known as a "living will." It should also include instructions about funeral arrangements and organ donation.

For anyone who has children who are still minors, it is very important to make arrangements for their custody and care, just in case the unthinkable happens. You should think of a family member or very close friend who you know would be willing and able to take care of your children, and designate them as the person who would take custody. Of course, it's critical to discuss this matter with that person before you actually do it.

What Type of Estate Plan Do I Need in Emeryville, California?

This usually depends on your individual goals and priorities, your age, health, and the nature and quantity of your assets.

If you are in good health, young, and not married, planning an estate is probably not a high priority. And at this point in your life, it doesn't really have to be, with a few possible exceptions, such as individuals who work in very dangerous jobs, or who are very wealthy.

There is one group of unmarried people for whom estate planning in Emeryville, California is absolutely crucial: adults who are not married, but have a life partner who they'd like to provide for in the event of death. There are many rights that automatically attach with marriage, such as the right to inherit if a spouse dies without a will, the right to make medical decisions for the other spouse if they become incapacitated, etc. If you and your partner are, for whatever reason, unable or unwilling to get married, you will have to take several steps to secure these rights, such as granting power of attorney, and writing them into your will.

Individuals who are elderly and/or have a large amount of money in Emeryville, California are probably more in need of an estate plan than almost anyone else. Most people place a lot of value in the peace of mind that comes when they know that the people they love, or the causes they care about, will be taken care of after their death. Of course, nobody likes to confront the facts that this process always involves, but it's necessary.

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Do I Need a Emeryville, California Estate Planning Attorney?

Estate planning in Emeryville, California is not always convoluted, but it certainly can be. In moderately-sized to large estates, with a significant number of potential beneficiaries, it is crucial to have the assistance of an estate planning professional.

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Life in Emeryville

Emeryville, California is a city in Alameda County, California. It is directly adjacent to the city of Oakland, which is one of the largest cities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its population is about 10,000 people.

Human habitation of the area now known as Emeryville dates back thousands of years. The first European settlers to the area were the Spanish, who arrived in 1776 and established a military an missionary presence.

Modernly, Emeryville, California is known for being the home of some of the few remaining salt marshes and undisturbed mud flats in North America, which provide an important habitat for migratory birds and other valuable wildlife. Many local Emeryville, California environmental lawyers were responsible for helping to establish these nature reserves.

If you live in Emeryville, California and find yourself needing legal services, you should speak with a competent and experienced Emeryville, California attorney as soon as possible.

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