Estate planning is something that we see a lot of people put off until later. It’s something that can sometimes be difficult to talk about amongst couples and families. And, of course, nobody likes to think about what could happen if they become ill, disabled or were to pass away.
However, the current pandemic has certainly brought the need for estate planning to the forefront for many people.
As an estate planning law firm, this delights us because we have seen the devastating effects of not having a plan in place. The counter to this is that we have also seen the devastating effects of not having a properly drafted and maintained plan in place as well. And this is where we feel it our duty to inform consumers that all estate plans are not created equal.
For one, estate plans are hardly ever one-size-fits-all types of plans. The reason for this is because most people have different circumstances that affect their families that require consideration and typically some guidance and counseling. For example, if there are children from a prior marriage, minor children, anyone with a disability or special needs, or family members with potential legal, creditor, drug/alcohol, or marriage issues-all of these things may require some additional planning. Even singles might think that their estate plan is “simple”, but there’s a lot of different factors and things to think through for singles. Because estate plans are not one-size-fits-all type of legal documents, we advise against any kind of internet, “do-it-yourself” plans. While these types of plans may definitely be cheaper, these plans typically do not involve the guidance, experience, expertise and review of the plan by an attorney.
Lawyers and attorneys were commonly referred to as “counselors at law” and that is exactly what a great attorney should do for his or her client-regardless of the area of law they may practice. They should counsel their clients on certain legal strategies that make sense for their particular circumstances and goals. Further, an estate planning attorney with experience in probate and trust and estate administration will also have the direct experience to be able to know what works (and what doesn’t). This will allow them to alert you of issues you may overlook or not even consider when you’re thinking about your own estate plan and help counsel you on the best solution.
Our law firm, Kavesh, Minor & Otis, have prepared thousands of estate plans for those in and around Southern California now for over 39 years. We have seen our share of poorly drafted and outdated estate plans and help those in the community bring these plans up-to-date and provide the proper counseling needed whenever you set up an estate plan. Here’s a look at our unique 12-step quality control process for all of our estate plans:
During this pandemic, while we may not be able to meet clients in-person in our offices, we have quickly adapted and are providing a virtual meeting experience for our clients and prospective clients. If you would like more information about how to either set up your estate plan or learn more about updating your current estate plan, please contact us at 1-800-756-5596 today!
This post is brought to you by the good folks at The Law Firm of Kavesh, Minor & Otis, Inc., servicing the estate planning needs of those in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas of Southern California for over 39 years. We recommend attending one of our free virtual seminars, where you can book a free attorney consultation and even qualify to receive a fee discount. You can contact us at 1-800-756-5596 for more information.