Southern California Estate Planning and Probate Attorneys
Planning your estate’s management in the event of your death or incapacity is one of the most important things you can do to protect your family and your assets. The goal of estate planning is to give you and your family peace of mind by preserving and distributing your assets through proper estate management, including limiting tax liability.
Whether you need counsel to guide you through the estate planning process, require assistance with post-mortem procedures such as administering an estate or trust, or are dealing with a situation where the trust or estate is the subject of a dispute, our attorneys can help.
Estate Planning for Peace of Mind
While our estate planning attorneys are experienced in creating estate planning documents, our clients also benefit from our business and tax law experience. We offer comprehensive estate planning services to give you peace of mind by helping you establish:
- Who will be responsible for managing your assets, and how they will be managed if you become unable to manage them yourself
- Who will act as your health care manager should the need arise, and what health care decisions should be made on your behalf
- How and to whom your assets will be distributed after your death
- Whom you designate as guardians of any minor children or other dependents should you become unable to care for them
- How you would like your remains to be handled, including instructions for burial or cremation and organ donation
We understand that every client’s circumstances are unique, and we offer personalized services that prioritize your individual needs.
Probate Administration, Trust Administration and Litigation Advocates
At HKEM, we strive to enable clients to avoid the probate process through proper advance planning and asset transactions. By assisting clients to establish trusts and implement other planning procedures during their lifetime, HKEM can often ensure an orderly administration of a decedent’s estate outside of formal court proceedings.
Should court involvement be required – for example, if assets have not been transferred into a living trust, if a will is the only document disposing of the estate, or if there are no estate planning documents at all – we work with the trustee, estate executor or administrator, and other persons to facilitate the process as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Sometimes, disputes arise regarding the validity of a will or trust, or the proper manner in which it should be executed. As a result, it may be necessary for parties to obtain individual legal representation. In these situations, HKEM’s estate planning, administration, and courtroom experience can help ease the burden of implementing an estate plan after a decedent’s passing.