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Serving Alameda County & the Bay Area
A comprehensive estate plan is the foundation that your financial future is built upon. It should not be some cookie-cutter piece of paper or fillable form, but rather a carefully crafted document that is custom-built for your precise needs and goals with sound advice and professional assistance from an experienced attorney.
At Feldman Law Group, we can help you establish unique plans for the following and more:
- Advance Directives
- Special Needs & Long-Term Care
For more than 35 years, Attorney Aaron Feldman has helped individuals and their families accomplish their unique estate planning goals. Not every family requires a self-funded or third-party special needs trust, but every individual can benefit from quality estate planning. Feldman Law Group crafts the right set of wills, trusts and advance directives that meet your specific goals and desires, in addition to having the knowledge, skills, and experience to assist with special needs estate planning as needed.
Because life is dynamic and plans change, our estate planning services in Walnut Creek come with a free review every three years.
Documents Needed for an Estate Plan
Estate planning is considered to be the process of arranging the transfer of your estate and assets.
In order to create an estate plan you will need to prepare the following documents:
Power of Attorney
Life Insurance Policy Statements
Business Protection Forms
The documents can be complied with the help of our Walnut Creek estate planning attorneys at Feldman Law Group. We will make sure nothing is left to chance after your passing. It is never too early to consider your future. Call us today to discuss your estate plan!
Benefits of Having an Estate Plan
Estate planning can help you and your family prepare for the future. It provides multiple benefits, and it is never too early to start planning.
The benefits of estate planning include the following:
Accommodate your loved ones
Ensure your children are taken care of
Decrease your expenses
Immediately administer your property
Arrange for incapacity
Avoid the probate process
Protect your assets
Having an estate plan set up will confirm that you and your family are provided for and give you peace of mind. The experienced Walnut Creek estate planning attorneys at Feldman Law Group are here to help guide you through the process and make sure nothing is left to chance. Call us today for a consultation.
Wills: What Every Estate Should at Least Have
Every estate plan in Alameda County should have a will to:
- Appoint a guardian for minor children if needed
- Name an executor for the estate
- Leave a legacy to future generations
- Ensure that all the property that belongs to your estate is distributed according to your wishes – even if you are disposing of your property through one or more trust instruments
From the simple to the complex, we’ll draft the will that meets your needs in a manner you can count on to be valid and enforceable in the California probate courts.
Avoid Probate by Forming a Trust
Placing assets into a trust avoids the expense and delay of probate. A $1 million estate will cost as much as $50,000 to probate and can take much longer than a year before the assets are distributed. To administer a trust with the same assets will cost as little as $2,500 to administer, and assets can be distributed much sooner.
Feldman Law Group can establish a revocable living trust that avoids or minimizes probate while giving you the capacity to manage assets and distribute them appropriately. We can also advise and assist you regarding a variety of irrevocable trusts or other instruments to address other special needs you may have.
Advance Directives Can Remove Difficult Guesswork
It is important to have a Health Care Directive so your final wishes are honored if a decision has to be made about continuing care and what measures you want taken if you are too ill to express your wishes to your doctors. It is also important to have a general power of attorney that becomes effective if you ever become incapacitated. This will allow your agent to sign important papers for you regarding legal and financial affairs as well as medical matters.
If you don’t have the right documents in place, decisions will be made on your behalf by people you don’t know and who don’t know you, or by anguished family members who may not know what you would want or who disagree over how to proceed. Making decisions in advance or tasking trusted individuals with decision-making authority spares your loved ones from emotional pain and anguish at a difficult time and helps ensure decisions are made in accordance with your expressed wishes.
For skilled, professional estate planning services in Walnut Creek and an experienced attorney who will work directly with you throughout the entire process, contact Feldman Law Group.
“He actually visited my mother in her care home to get the necessary signatures for me to be able to proudly take care of my dying parent.”- Karen H.
“The Feldman Law Group was responsive, covered all options and had an excellent staff.”- Clay C.
“I especially appreciate Mr. Feldman coming to us when we could not come to him and he remained available when I had questions.”- Gail B.
Some families need to plan to protect assets where one or both spouses have chronic debilitating conditions such as Alzheimer’s and will require expensive long-term care. To qualify for assistance with such care requires spending down all non-exempt assets and can result in an expensive Medi-Cal lien against the remaining assets. Certain types of irrevocable trusts should be considered in these situations, and the expertise of Feldman Law Group can help address your long-term care planning needs.
If your family has other special needs, such as a child with autism or other developmental disabilities, attorney Aaron Feldman in Alameda County is well-versed in the full range of special needs estate planning services, including self-funded and third-party special needs trusts, litigation special needs trusts, and autism and special needs support. Addressing these needs in your estate planning will help give you the peace of mind that your loved ones with special needs will be well taken care of and looked after appropriately.