The Law Offices of Daniel J. Cooper has more than 35 years of experience to help guide you through the process.
The flip side of estate planning is trust administration. You create your estate plan so as to make it as easy as possible for your loved ones when you die, and avoidance of probate is a part of that. The Law Offices of Daniel J. Cooper also specializes in the administration and distribution of trust assets.
In most cases, a husband and wife create their estate plan together, and when one of them dies, their trust may provide for the creation of sub-trusts with the division and distribution of the assets between the sub-trusts. The primary reasons for this are to avoid (not evade) unnecessary taxes and to provide income for the surviving spouse. Generally, the deceased spouse’s trust is irrevocable, while the trust created for the surviving spouse remains revocable.
Single or unmarried individuals may create estate plans wherein the trust becomes irrevocable upon their death, trust assets are not divided between sub-trusts, but instead are distributed directly to the trust’s beneficiaries. Situations such as this are similar to when a surviving spouse dies after the trust is divided into sub-trusts, as discussed above.
Though trust administration is a process, it is far less expensive to distribute your assets through the medium of a trust than it is to have the estate distributed by the probate court, it distributes your assets in accordance with your wishes, and generally, it takes less time from start to finish. This process includes:
Probate is what happens when you die with or without a will, and the value of your assets (excluding real property) exceeds $150,000.00. We understand California’s laws regarding probate and can help ensure that the legal and financial matters of your loved ones are followed. We can also aggressively litigate on your behalf to ensure that you are not wrongfully overlooked during the property distribution process.
The Process of Probate
Most executors have rarely, if ever, probated a will and they know little about the process or how involved it can be. The Law Offices of Daniel J. Cooper can help you through this process by:
When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisers, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. The firm can access expert opinions about antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectibles for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.
To schedule an initial consultation, call the Law Offices of Daniel J. Cooper at (949) 859-8456 in Orange County, and at (951) 676-1896 in Riverside County today, or contact the firm online.