Living Trust Attorney in Laguna Niguel CA
Laguna Niguel Living Trust Attorney
Let our highly experienced California living trust attorney help you protect your assets and save you and your family from high costs in the long run.
In California, a Living Trust is very often the preferred Estate Plan for many people. The most common type of Living Trust in California is one that is revocable, which means that you have the power to amend and revoke the trust.
The power of revocation and amendment are important for clients in an ever changing world where financial and family circumstances continually change.
Living Trusts vs. Wills
Living Trusts and Wills are the primary Estate Planning tools as both allow you to decide who receives your money, property, and assets after you pass away, and who will manage, settle, and distribute your estate after you are gone.
The primary advantage of a Living Trust over a Will is that a Living Trust avoids the costly and timely necessity of putting the family through a Probate Administration. Avoiding Probate saves the family thousands of dollars in the long run.
Living Trust in California is settled more quickly than the average Probate, and a Living Trust allows families to carry out Estate Planning in private. Probate cases are a public record, and are open to anyone to inspect.
Living Trusts can incorporate special features to handle specific family dynamics. These special approaches can include Special Needs Trusts for the care of a disabled child or family member; Pet Trusts; customized provisions for a “Blended Family” for second marriages that include children from prior marriages, adopted children, step-children, etc.; and “Spendthrift” provisions which protect a child’s inheritance from creditors, predators, and from themselves.
Helpful During Periods of Incapacity
If you are the trustee of your own living trust and you become incapacitated, your chosen successor trustee can manage the trust’s assets for you, very similar to an agent with power of attorney.
Estate Tax Planning
Estate and Gift Taxation issues can be avoided or minimized through the use of custom tailored Living Trust in California.
Counseling and Advice: The Key Ingredient
The key ingredient in the crafting of a Living Trust or Family Trust is the counseling and legal advice I give each and every client as their personal lawyer.
I frequently counsel people who have experienced high-pressure sales pitches from non-lawyer “financial planners” purporting to offer living trusts. These trust schemes hide the real goal, that is, to sell dubious and expensive annuity and insurance products; and more often than not, result in the client buying a useless “botched trust”.
Laguna Niguel, CA
Laguna Niguel is an affluent city located in southern Orange County, California. The name “Laguna Niguel” is derived from the Spanish word “Laguna” which means lagoon, and the word “Nigueli” which was the name of a Juaneño Indian village that was once located on Aliso Creek. The population was 62,979 at the 2010 census, up from 61,891 at the 2000 census. The city was primarily built after 1980 as an unincorporated master planned community located in the San Joaquin Hills near Laguna Beach. Laguna Niguel contains a large range of housing, from condominiums to large mansions above the ocean. It borders Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, and Aliso Viejo. Laguna Niguel is located on the Rancho Niguel Mexican land grant of Juan Avila. He retained ownership until 1865, when a severe drought killed off most of his cattle. Lewis Moulton, owner of the Moulton Company, bought the area of modern-day Laguna Niguel in 1895, along with significant other portions of the surrounding area from farmers that were hard pressed to earn a living due to a local drought in the area. In 1959, the Laguna Niguel Corporation, started by Cabot, Cabot & Forbes from Boston, made Laguna Niguel one of the first master planned communities in California. Victor Gruen and Associates, a Vienna architect, developed a community plan for 7,100 acres (29 km2). The Avco Community Developer in 1969 continued the plan, which by then held 6,500 residents.
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