Estate Planning In Laguna Beach, California

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In Laguna 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 identified as a "living will." It should also include instructions about funeral arrangements and organ donation.

Most especially, 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 truly take on such responsibility.

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

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

For example, if you're unmarried, and in your early 20's, estate planning is probably not the most crucial thing in your life. However, if you're seriously ill, and/or unusually wealthy, estate planning might be a priority for you.

If you are unmarried, but have a life partner in Laguna Beach, California, estate planning is crucial, if you wish for your life partner to be treated as if he or she were your spouse (to the extent possible). In such a case, the estate plan should make arrangements to give your life partner power of attorney in case you become incapacitated. Your will should also precisely include your partner (if you wish for them to inherit any of your assets).

Individuals who are elderly and/or have a considerable amount of money in Laguna Beach, 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 includes, but it's imperative.

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

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

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Life in Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach, California is a seaside resort city in Orange County, California. It currently has a population of about 22,700. 

After Anaheim, Laguna Beach, California is the second-oldest city in Orange County. It was first settled in the 1870s, shortly after the end of the Civil War. Population growth began to pick up in the 1920s, largely keeping pace with the growth of the Southern California region as a whole.

Since its early history, the mainstay of Laguna Beach's economy is driven largely by tourism, which continues to this day. Laguna Beach, California is also a regional center for the environmentalist movement, and is home to several nature preserves. Several local environmental attorneys made a name for themselves getting these preserves legally-recognized.

There are many other types of attorneys in Laguna Beach, California. If you need legal advice, you would do well to consult with a Laguna Beach, California lawyer as soon as possible.

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