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Estate Planning



Estate planning is one of the most important steps a person with any assets can take when preparing for the future.  At Elder Law Services of California, we understand that the process can be complicated and cumbersome, which is why our offices offer a full range of Estate Planning services to help minimize estate taxes and avoid the expense and headaches of probate.

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Our goal is to help families preserve their wealth for future generations through the use of Living Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Irrevocable Trusts, and Family Limited Partnerships. One of the most common concerns that clients typically have is how to properly manage estate taxes. Our team at Elder Law Services of California specializes in inheritance planning and any tax-related issues that come with the topic. We pride ourselves in implementing a plan that protects your family and their assets, and depending on your needs, we may use a combination of the following estate planning tools:

    WillsLiving TrustsPowers of Attorney for AssetsPowers of Attorney for Health CareAsset ProtectionGuardianship/Conservatorship
    A simple is a legal document that protects your wishes concerning any property, assets and child care for any minors in your custody. Wills come in many forms, and we will walk you through the process of choosing the right one for your family’s needs.
    A trust is a document created during your lifetime that gathers your property under one document and is managed by an appointed person(s) or trustees. Trusts come in a variety of options for individuals and families, including revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, special needs trusts for the benefit of any disabled person, trusts for the benefit of children, and trusts for the benefit of pets.
    A power of attorney document allows you to appoint a person to control your assets, finances and even health care decisions, in the case of an emergency that stops you from making such decisions.
    or health care power of attorney document allows you to make sure your medical wishes are honored if you are not in the position to make decisions regarding your health. Similar to a power of attorney document, you will appoint a person to make those decisions.
    There are a variety of asset protection options beyond traditional wills and trusts. We can help you explore the possibility of incorporation or LLC and LLP formation for estate planning.
    We help families obtain guardianships and conservatorships for loved ones who are no longer able to care for themselves and their property or make sound legal decisions


Probate is a legal process for settling an estate in accordance with the will of the deceased. Assets owned and registered in the individual name of the deceased that do not already have a beneficiary—including cash, investments, personal property, and real estate—make up what's called the "probate estate." These assets are controlled by the will and "pass through" the probate process for ownership to be transferred. All other assets "pass outside" the probate process.

size of estate

Estate settlements vary from state to state, but options also vary according to the estate's overall value. A large estate generally involves having the state's probate court validate the will or certify that the deceased died intestate which means 'without a will. Settling a large estate also involves fulfilling other administrative matters, called "probating the estate." Sometimes smaller estates can be settled through a more informal means of administration.

how can elder law services of california help you

Estate planning can be a difficult topic to approach, as the process of preparing for one's death can be a solemn undertaking. However, making the best possible financial and estate planning decisions for your loved ones will only ease the stress of dealing with loss, and help to minimize the legal fees and taxes that come along with probate.Estate planning is a topic that can be tackled at any age and waiting until the last possible minute only adds stress and pressure to the process. Any person who owns property or has dependents should think about beginning the estate planning process today. The best time to get your affairs in order is now. Don't wait until it's too late.

Our team at Elder Law Services of California is devoted to handling our clients' advanced estate planning needs. If you have questions regarding the planning of your estate, or want to begin the process of protecting your family’s assets, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call (855) ELDER LAW today! Our team of dedicated estate planning attorneys are ready to help meet your needs.


Serving Our Community Since 1995

Elder Law Services of California, APLC provides the same strategic planning and legal representative of larger firms, yet in a personalized, family-like manner. Our priority is to provide the highest level of legal services and client satisfaction when representing your Medi-Cal Planning, Estate Planning, Trust Administration, or Probate cases. Above all, we understand the importance of you and your family’s financial future and legal security.

Our team of Attorneys and legal support staff have assisted thousands of different families by giving them the freedom to plan for the security of their future, while also providing peace of mind with our experienced legal advice. As our name, Elder Law Services of California, APLC serves all families in California, with convenient locations throughout Los Angeles, as well as locations in Northern California, and San Diego.

Whether you need to qualify for Medi-Cal, pay for long-term care, create an estate plan and powers of attorney, proceed a conservatorship, protect your assets, or deal with the loss of a loved one, our team is there for you every step of the way. Sadly, many families are unprepared for any significant planning for their future, so take the first step today to protect your family’s integrity.

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