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Under what conditions can you contest a will?

Even when the death of a loved one is expected, it can still cause emotional fallout. As you grieve, you may take comfort in the fact that you will receive some keepsake or other property as an inheritance. However, when you discover the will does not reflect the conversations you had with your loved one, it may make you wonder what happened.

Simple mistakes could derail your estate planning efforts

You may know that you would greatly benefit from a thorough estate plan, but many in California think that simply having a will is enough. In reality, there are several mistakes and missteps that could not only make things complicated for your beneficiaries but could derail the entire estate planning process.

3 estate administration mistakes to watch out for as executor

Acting as the executor of a recently deceased individual's estate can have many challenges. Though you may feel honored that your loved one trusted you to take on such an important role, you may wonder whether you feel truly up to the task. This feeling is not unwarranted as you must attend to numerous obligations as the estate moves through the probate process.

Incentive trusts could offer motivation and peace of mind

As someone with a kind and giving nature, you may have always known that you would like to leave certain assets to your loved ones in the event of your passing. Of course, you likely also know that simply handing over money, valuable items or other property may not always be in the best interests of the intended recipients. As a result, you may find yourself wondering if you could somehow control the use of the bequeathed assets even after your death.

Dealing with debts after your death

If you are savvy about the importance of estate planning, you may have already taken steps to prepare for the time when you are no longer here. You may have a will signed and witnessed according to the laws of California. Perhaps you have designated your power of attorney and made an advanced directive to address any financial or health issues that may arise if you should become incapacitated. You may even have purchased a cemetery plot, arranged your funeral and ordered a headstone or urn vault.

3 speed bumps that could slow down the probate process

Once you accept the position of executor or personal representative for a loved one's estate, you may not think about it much afterward. Of course, after your family member passes, you may find yourself thrust into a position of duty that requires you to carry out many tasks in order for the estate to close properly. The majority of the tasks will likely relate to the probate process.

What's the right entity choice for your small business?

Starting a business in California is a complex process, and there are many important decisions that you have to make in the beginning stages. One of these is determining which business entity is ideal for your situation. There are multiple factors that go into deciding the choice for you, and you may find it useful to seek help when making this decision.

How can I prevent my kids from fighting over my estate?

You know the importance of planning your estate, but you may be at a loss about where to begin, especially if the family dynamic is less than ideal. If you have visions of your children fighting and litigating over your assets, you may be tempted to leave everything to charity and be done with it.

Is it more difficult to contest a will or a trust?

Individuals can utilize different tools when it comes to creating an estate plan. Most California residents have heard of wills, understand that they have benefits and commonly use them as part of their estate plans. Many people also know that trusts can work as useful tools, especially for parties who want to avoid the probate process or protect assets for future generations.

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