Wills, Probate and Guardianships

Wills, Probate and Guardianships

Wills, trusts, estate planning, and probate are sensitive matters that determine the distribution of a person’s assets in the event of their passing. Many people neglect to organize their inheritance when they have the time, even though it can help ensure a family’s assets continue on, and removes any conflict among family members. This can make passing on family heirlooms, assets, and other precious items more difficult than it has to be. Becerra & Colgin can simplify the process and represent the client’s interests, which ensures that their family is taken care of.

What do lawyers specialized in wills, trusts, estate planning and probate do?
Attorneys in this field help their clients organize their assets and pass them on in an official capacity in the event of their death. If a person does not organize their assets before passing away, then their beneficiaries may have to sit through a lengthy court adjudication process and give up a sizeable portion of their inheritances to pay for court fees. For these reasons, it is usually best to consult with a specialized attorney if assets will need to be passed on to family.

Some of the items an attorney can help with include:

Wills
The conventional wisdom is that if a person does nothing else to handle their legal affairs after death, then they should at least create this all-encompassing document. With it, the client can name an executor of their affairs, name a guardian for any minor children, and allocate property to whom they see fit. For most people, the power this document offers will be enough. However, if you believe your family will argue over what’s left behind, will owe taxes or debts, have a child with a disability, or want control over who will inherit what, this document may not be enough.

Trusts
Under this agreement, an agent working on behalf of the client will hold the title to any property the client wishes. The agent will transfer the property to the beneficiary once they meet certain conditions. These arrangements are kept private and not in court, so the beneficiary will be able to receive their inheritance immediately, instead of waiting weeks or months.

Probate court representation
This court handles the transfer of property left behind by the deceased estate holder, and the presented cases can quickly become messy. Family members become overwhelmed during the process, and bitter arguments can break out while the court makes its decisions. (The longer the court takes to render its decisions, the more expensive it will be for everyone involved.) Court costs typically come from the assets, so a beneficiary’s inheritance can evaporate in short order if the courts drag it out. Attorneys experienced in wills, trusts, estate planning, and probate are essential in order to help the process along, and ensure a benefactor doesn’t have any trouble receiving what has been set aside for them.

Transferring assets to family after passing away is a difficult, emotional process that the attorneys with Becerra & Colgin Law Firm, PLLC understand. Attorneys at Becerra & Colgin Law Firm, PLLC understand the transferring of assets to family, after passing away, is a difficult and emotional process. We can meet all of your legal needs during this time with sensitivity, understanding, and professionalism.