Making designations for inheritance is a process that takes time for many families in California. In fact, it is a process that experts recommend be revisited frequently to make sure that the original designations remain appropriate despite marriages, births and divorces within a family line. One of the biggest concerns for many people is the worry that their decisions will be opposed by surviving family members and ultimately leave them quibbling over their opinions about what the intentions of their deceased family member were.
Many in Los Angeles may view an estate as simply being those assets that one will pass on to their heirs when they die. While that may be the case in many situations, there are also many scenarios where an estate is intended to be a vehicle for generating income for beneficiaries. In cases where a decedent leaves behind intellectual and artistic works that still have value, beneficiaries can often expect royalties from the use of such properties to provide them with funds for years (if not decades). It may come as little surprise, then, that such estate cases can often become contentious.
Fantastic stories may exist about people producing wills that were written on napkins or in emails. Many in Los Angeles may be surprised to learn that it is not so much the medium on which a will is written that determines its validity, but rather whether it meets the state's standard of proof. Given that the American Association of Retired Persons reports that only roughly 40 percent of American adults actually have a will, it may be understandable that probate courts first require that a will be proven before it can be probated.
The ex-spouses of many deceased California men and women may be shocked to know they can inherit the deceased’s debt. According to CNN Money, this may be the case even when your divorce settlement clearly says you are not responsible for debt repayment.
The passing of your family member or friend in Los Angeles may represent the end of their lives, yet it might also signal the beginning of a long and complex process for you if you have been tasked to oversee the administration of their estates. As a personal representative or executor, you have a number of different roles to fulfill, including notifying beneficiaries, making an accounting of the estate's assets and filing estate tax returns. Yet before any of that can happen, you need to determine which probate court has jurisdiction over the estate case. Several in your position have come to us here at The Law Office of Matthew C. Yu concerned that this can be a very complex process. Fortunately, it does not have to be.
If you are a charitable person who likes to give to the unfortunate or to causes you believe in, then the chances are pretty good you would like one of your final acts on this earth to be giving to charity. You do have the ability to include a donation in your estate plan in California. However, you want to plan any charitable giving carefully to avoid any issues for your heirs or in the execution of the donation.
When you create an estate plan in California, you set things up for when you die. The plan outlines your wishes and creates a legally binding guideline for your executor to follow when dispersing assets. However, there are a few ways that an estate plan could end up doing harm or causing issues. This is especially true when inheritance theft occurs.
People who live in California and must manage the estate of a loved one or who are making their own estate plans should have a good understanding of what exactly happens to a person's debt after they die. After a person dies, most people tend to put energy focusing on the distribution of assets to heirs. However, while most debts do not get passed down to one's children or other surviving heirs, they must be addressed.
The main purpose estate planning experts have in recommending that you create a will early on in your life is to ensure that whatever assets and properties constitute your estate are dispersed in the manner that you want them to. You, then, will no doubt put a good deal of time and effort into deciding which of your beneficiaries will receive what. Yet even the best-laid plans cannot always guarantee that things work out as you anticipate, and certain intended transfers of property stipulated in your estate planning documents will fail. What happens then?
If you have a life insurance policy or retirement account, you’ll need to include them in the estate planning process. This requires filling in the beneficiary designations, which allow you to name heirs to receive the proceeds of these accounts. The Balance explains a few key points regarding beneficiary designations so you can rest assured your final wishes are met.