Murrieta Estate Planning Attorney
Protecting Estates Across Riverside & Orange Counties
No matter your age or wealth, if you want to be sure that your wishes will be carried out and your assets protected if you become incapacitated or lose your life, it is time to consider an estate plan. Life is unexpected, and the best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to have a legally sound estate plan that addresses your unique needs and goals. Serving clients in Riverside and Orange Counties for the past 45 years, we at Messina & Hankin are qualified and prepared to address your estate planning needs.
We handle such areas of estate planning as:
- Powers of Attorney
- Advance Health Care Directives
Do you need help establishing your estate plan? Call Messina & Hankin, LLP at (951) 363-2134 or contact us online to get started.
Why Estate Planning?
With a well thought out and executed estate plan, you can:
- Protect your assets
- Mitigate estate taxes
- Provide for your loved ones
- Ensure your wishes are carried out to the letter
- Avoid probate
- Assign a person to act in your best interests if you cannot make decisions for yourself
- Specifically outline how you want your medical treatment and end-of-life care handled
What are the Benefits of Estate Planning?
One of the greatest benefits of estate planning is that it can be completely tailored to your unique needs. You can provide for:
- Make sure a disabled child is cared for
- Make sure your pets are taken care of after you pass on
- Protect the wealth and assets you have fought so hard to earn, and you can do so on your terms
How Our Murrieta Estate Planning Lawyers Can Help
If you schedule a consultation with Messina & Hankin LLP our estate planning attorneys begin by gathering personal and financial information in order to assess what estate planning product or products are best suited to your needs.
During the consultation, which usually lasts an hour, our estate planning attorney will learn about the potential client's family conflicts. We often get asked what should be done about their conflict. Our attorneys venture an opinion, but always emphasize that it is only an opinion.
At the end of the conversation, we explain the different estate planning tools and techniques that they think are suitable to the situation. When the client and attorney come to an agreement, we adjourn.
Our Murrieta estate planning attorneys draft the documents (typically a will for the husband, a will for the wife, a revocable trust, a power of attorney for healthcare for each, and a power of attorney for financial affairs for each).
Once the draft is complete, it is sent to the client for their review and approval. If the client is satisfied, they return to the office to sign the documents. Wills must be signed in front of witnesses, while trusts and other documents must be signed in front of a notary. After that, we encourage clients to discuss their estate plans with their beneficiaries (usually children). That way, if there will be pushback, it can happen while the parent is still alive and able to discuss the situation as opposed to making it a surprise for the child after the parent has died.
Contact Our Estate Planning Attorney in Murrieta Today
Our Murrieta estate planning lawyers know how to deal with these complex legal documents and transactions while protecting your interests.
With our considerable experience in the areas below, your future is in good hands!
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