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3 critical estate planning documents to consider in California

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2022 | Uncategorized |

If you have money, property and other assets, then estate planning is something that you should take very seriously. No one knows when their time will come, and it’s important to have a plan in place for your loved ones in case something happens to you. To ensure that everything goes smoothly after you’re gone, it’s important to consider the following essentials now:

Trusts

Trusts are legal entities that can hold property or assets on behalf of another person. This is often used in estate planning to protect your assets from probate, creditors and lawsuits. Trusts can be revocable or irrevocable. A revocable trust can be modified or dissolved at any time by the grantor (the person who creates the trust), while an irrevocable trust is permanent.

A will

A will is a legal document that outlines your wishes for what should happen to your property and assets after you die. You can also use it to appoint a guardian for minor children and pets. An executor is someone you appoint to carry out the instructions in your will.

Wills are important because they provide a clear plan for what will happen to your belongings after you die. If you don’t have a will, state laws will determine how your property gets distributed, which may not be in line with your wishes.

Power of attorney

Power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that gives someone else the authority to make decisions on your behalf. You can create it to give someone you trust the ability to manage your finances or property if you become incapacitated. For instance, if you become severely ill and can’t make decisions for yourself, the person you’ve named as your POA can step in and make financial or medical decisions on your behalf.

There are many other aspects to estate planning, but these are some of the essentials that everyone should consider. By taking care of these things now, you can ensure that your loved ones are taken care of after you’re gone.