“Nothing in this world is certain except for death and taxes,” as the saying goes. Never is that statement as pertinent as when it comes time to deal with the legal side of losing a loved one. Left unprepared, a single family member or many members can be left with a very uncertain future and the regret of not having been able to fulfill the wishes of the deceased.
The problem is unfortunately all too common. The most universal reason for which most of us ignore estate planning is taking our days of health and living for granted. Another reason is not taking the time to become aware of what happens if we don’t plan for the event of death. Hint: the state will decide for you. Without a plan, the future of your assets takes the decision entirely out of your or your family’s hands.
You don’t have to be Rockefeller to plan your estate. Estate planning is simply the process of leaving behind an intention for your assets and a blueprint for your closest relatives to follow. Whether all that is left behind in a single checking account or multiple real estate properties, advance planning for the unknown day of passing is essential to ensuring your wishes are met. Not to mention, taking care of these legal details during the present not only unburdens your family financially but emotionally as well.
Estate planning is accessible with the right support. The Velasco Law Group is known for taking the time to understand individual family issues to protect your family and lessen the burden of navigating the legal process after death. Paul D. Velasco, principal of The Velasco Law Group, has been practicing estate planning, probate and trust administration, as well as probate and trust litigation for more than 20 years. He is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law, a distinction held by less than one percent of all attorneys in California.
The Velasco Law Group has grown to be among the most reputable estate planning law firms in The Los Angeles Area, with an additional office in Irvine. Their firm is one of the few in the state of California to offer bilingual services, in English and Spanish. Most recently, Velasco Law Group moved to a new Irvine location. Located inside the Wells Fargo Building on Main Street, their new Orange County office is central and connects easily between the northern and southern parts of the county by its proximity to three major freeways.
The attorneys of Velasco Law Group work hard to make affordable estate planning available to Spanish speaking communities that are largely underserved. Rarely are Latino communities provided with resources on end-of-life planning. The team at The Velasco Law Group understands that wealth should not be a deterrent to families who stand to lose or struggle further without the guidance of a professional.
The guidance of an attorney can help families avoid the California Probate process. In the event that a family must go through the probate process, the importance of having an attorney who is working on behalf of the client’s interest is incredibly valuable. Even the best cases that include a written Will can be challenged and contested, to say nothing of Wills with multiple beneficiaries or of families who enter the process blindly without a Will. Relevant documents, lists of assets, designated decision makers – these all need to be carefully thought out to come as close to the desires of the maker as possible.
Under a stressful situation such as the loss of a loved one, that is further overwhelmed by legal matters, it is extremely helpful to have a lawyer who can be accessible and personable. The exceptionally qualified legal staff at The Velasco Law Group provide the expertise, understanding, and determination to ensure the best possible representation and outcome. For a complimentary initial consult, contact us HERE.