Estate Planning In Huntington Beach, California

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In Huntington Beach, 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 include 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 assistance 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. Nonetheless, it is rarely the only part of a solid estate plan.

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

Most notably, an estate plan should give instructions on the care of your minor children. It should lay out who is to take custody of them, and, if possible, leave them a large sum of money to assist with this care. Of course, you should discuss this matter with the people who you want to take custody of your children, to make sure they can really take on such responsibility.

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

The answer to this question varies largely on your goals and priorities, as well as your age, health, and the amount of assets you have.

If you are young and unmarried, estate planning likely doesn't need to be on your radar, unless you are very ill, independently wealthy, or perhaps if you work in a very hazardous job, such as the military.

Individuals who are, for different possible reasons, unwilling or unable to get married, but are in committed, lifelong relationships, are perhaps most in need of a good Huntington Beach, California estate plan. Because couples who aren't married don't automatically get any of the legal rights (such as hospital visitation, inheritance rights, and power of attorney) that come with marriage, they have to secure these rights through other means, such as wills and power of attorney agreements.

Other groups for whom estate planning is very essential in Huntington Beach, California are people who are elderly and/or have a lot of assets. This may be the time in one's life where estate planning is most essential. While it's true that the process of making an estate plan requires a person to deal directly with the reality of their own mortality, it is very important if you value the security that comes with the knowledge that your family will be provided for.

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Do I Need a Huntington Beach, California Estate Planning Attorney?

Because estate planning in Huntington Beach, California is not always simple, the assistance of a seasoned attorney will almost certainly be useful, and worth the cost. This is doubly true because of how essential the issues involved can be, and the fact that a relatively minor mistake can sometimes derail an entire estate plan.

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Life in Huntington Beach

Sun, check. Surf, check. Shopping, check. Huntington Beach, California is the quintessential southern California beach town. Known for its 8.5 miles of sandy beaches, Huntington Beach is appropriately nicknamed "Surf City."

With a population just under 200,000 residents, Huntington Beach is both a popular place to live and a popular place to visit. Because of its laid-back beach lifestyle, it is also a popular place for many companies such as Quicksilver, Boeing, and Verizon. There are also many lawyers in Huntington Beach ready to serve the legal needs of their clients. Huntington Beach lawyers are some of the best at what they do. And no, Huntington Beach lawyers do not wear wetsuits to work.

Huntington Beach tourism is almost exclusively devoted to its beachy atmosphere, hosting events such as the U.S. Surfing Open, AVP tournaments, and triathalons. Huntington Beach also has many artistic events to offer visitors. The Bolsa Chica Wetlands, an ecological reserve known for its trails and scenic stops is also a hallmark of Huntington Beach.  

So whether it is great weather, great lawyers, or a great wave, Huntington Beach has it all and more.

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