Estate Planning Law Firm • Serving all of Orange County, Long Beach, Corona, Palm Spring, Palm Desert, and all of southern California.
Comprehensive estate planning covers nearly every aspect of life. It begins with protecting yourself and your personal dignity, and extends to protecting your loved ones and your hard-earned assets.
Follow the links below to learn more about our Estate Planning Fundamentals, Long-Term Care / Medi-Cal, Veterans Benefits, Probate & Estate Administration, Charitable Planning, Special Needs, Estate Tax Planning, Business Succession Planning, Medi-Cal Crisis Planning, Asset Protection, services provided at the OC Elder Law:
There are many legal strategies involved in estate planning, including wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, and health care documents.
Finding and affording quality care on short notice can be stressful and draining. We can help you determine the best options for care and how to qualify for Medi-Cal to help finance them.
Probate and estate administration are the processes through which estate assets are transferred after death. Assets to be transferred under terms of a will go through probate. Assets transferred outside of a will, such as by operation of law, or those planned for in a trust are handled through an Administration process. Administration also refers to the process whereby assets are transferred by rules of the state when there is no will. We can help make the process easier, more efficient, and provide peace of mind during a difficult time.
“Aid and Attendance Pension” is a special Veteran’s Program designed to help veterans and/or their surviving spouses receive the financial support necessary to ensure their continuing care in their own home or in an assisted living or nursing home setting. Benefits may also be available for house-bound individuals that require daily assistance to maintain their health, dignity and safety.
If God was important to you during your life, He should be important to you at your death. Taking a faith-based perspective on your estate plan means keeping God in mind. It means expressing your faith to your children and grandchildren. It means stewarding wealth to the next generation with Godly principles in mind.
Elder Abuse can come in a variety of forms such as physical abuse, financial abuse, neglect, emotional abuse. As the average age of the U.S. population continues to grow, so do the incidents of Elder Abuse.
A Laureate Plan is an enlightened “integrated wealth strategies” plan for you, your business and your family. OC Elder Law Wealth Strategies Planning helps business owners, real estate owners and families with taxable estates by resolving messes, transitions, protection of assets and complex tax issues.
Elder law is another aspect of estate planning, focusing primarily on the needs of families and individuals as they age. Issues of aging include senior housing and home care, long-term (or nursing home) care, guardianships and health care documents, Medicare and Medi-Cal.
We encourage and assist the tradition of giving to charitable causes, including the employment of tax-advantaged strategies that maximize the value of your gift. We help clients make charitable gifts and practice good stewardship in the most tax-efficient manner.
Special Needs Estate Planning focuses on providing for the special needs of our loved ones with disabilities when we are no longer there to organize and advocate on their behalf. Parents of children with special needs must make careful estate planning choices to coordinate all of the legal, financial, and special care needs of their children – both now and in the future.
Historically speaking, the federal estate tax is an excise tax levied on the transfer of a person’s assets after death. In actuality, it is neither a death tax nor an inheritance tax, but more accurately a transfer tax. There are three distinct aspects to federal estate taxes that comprise what is called the Unified Transfer Tax: Estate Taxes, Gift Taxes, and Generation- Skipping Transfer Taxes. Legal planning to avoid or minimize federal estate taxes is both a prudent and an important aspect of comprehensive estate planning.
Business Succession Planning
Family businesses are the backbone of the American economy. From agriculture to services, technology and manufacturing, family businesses generate an estimated one-half of the U.S. Gross National Product and pay half of all wages earned in this country.
Find out how we can help you preserve your family business.
Asset protection planning involves making prudent decisions today to protect yourself, your business, and your hard-earned assets from loss due to lawsuits, creditors or bankruptcies.