We strive to make the process of estate planning and estate administration as simple and straightforward as possible. At American Wills and Estates we speak to our clients in plain English, and we are sensitive to the fact that many of our clients are still grieving the loss of a loved one. Our number one goal is to put our clients at ease and to reassure them with competency and compassion in their times of need.
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We look forward to serving our clients throughout... Read More
I’M TOO BUSY AND I’M NOT PLANNING ON DYING TOMORROW
This is my personal favorite and the one I hear most often. To be fair, it’s somewhat understandable because I know we all live very hectic and busy lives. Let’s face it, sitting down to discuss your own... Read More
Great article and video on why having and estate plan in place is so vitally important. Take a look.
IS YOUR REVOCABLE LIVING TRUST ACTUALLY GOING TO AVOID PROBATE?
So you’ve gone to the time and expense of creating a Revocable Living Trust. The real question now is whether or not your fancy new trust is actually going to effectively avoid probate for your family after your death. Probate is the formal court process that is necessitated when you die with assets... Read More
NO NEED TO BE AFRAID OF PROBATE
You’ve probably heard people say a million times: It’s best to keep your family’s assets out of probate. While I agree that’s it’s often a good idea to limit or minimize the effect that the probate estate administration process may have on your assets after your death, it’s still important to keep in mind that in many states probate... Read More
PAUL W. WALKER, IV
DIED: 11/30/2013; Valencia, CA; Car Crash
The "Fast & Furious" actor used a pour-over will to funnel his $25 million estate into a trust for his 15-year-old daughter. This arrangement makes the estate a public affair. He also failed to update his plan for 12 years, so it might not have represented... Read More
Here's a great little article highlighting 3 important estate planning considerations for our ever aging population. Take a read.
Three crucial areas to discuss with your clients
Jul 5, 2016John M. Goralka | Trusts & Estates
In the United States, we’re all living longer—at least, I plan to do so if at all possible. Today, men live an average of 76... Read More
PROTECTING DIGITAL ASSETS:
6 Important Steps to Take on Death or Incapacity
It used to be enough for a fiduciary and his attorney to simply search through a decedent’s or incapacitated person’s papers in his or her workplace and at home, watch the mailbox for a 90 day cycle, and review tax returns and account statements. Things are more complicated now and a... Read More
If you assume that you don’t have any assets, you could be making the mistake of skipping out on an estate plan entirely. An estate plan is one of the most important collections of documents that you will have and there are many reasons why.
Every person has an estate with very few exceptions. Even a young child who has a custodial account in his or her name could... Read More