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San Francisco Attorney For Establishing a Last Will and Testament

Bay area law firm to set up a will

Lawyer Helping Clients With Estate Planning, Asset Distribution, and Guardianship in the Bay Area

What happens to my family and my property after I die? This is a question that many of us ponder, and with good reason. You want to make sure those you care for are taken care of, and you may want to give some of your belongings to certain people. However, it is not enough to answer these questions for yourself. If you want to ensure that your wishes are executed, you will need to put them down in writing in a legally enforceable last will and testament.

You may not currently have a will because you are unsure how to create one, or because you believe that you do not have sufficient assets to pass on. In reality, a last will and testament can be fairly simple to create, and almost everyone can benefit from having one. At the Law Office of Martin Alperen, we are committed to making the estate planning process convenient and accessible and offering our guidance in creating wills and other important documents based on more than 30 years of legal experience.

Distributing Assets Through Your Will in San Francisco

One important element of your last will and testament is instruction on how to distribute all of your assets and properties, aside from those in a trust or that already have a named beneficiary, in the event of your death. Properties to address may include your home, vehicle, financial accounts, investments, and tangible properties with sentimental value. Through your will, you can direct property to:

  • Individual people, including your spouse, children, grandchildren, parents, siblings, and other relatives and heirs
  • Organizations, including charities, community organizations, businesses, and government entities
  • Testamentary trusts established after your death, which allow you to direct assets to your heirs at a particular time or for a particular purpose, rather than immediately upon your death.

Designating a Guardian For Your Children

The thought of dying while you have minor children can be especially concerning, and it is important to have a plan in place for their care if the unexpected happens. If the children's other parent survives you, he or she can often provide for them, but if you are a single parent or if you and your spouse die at the same time, you need to name a trusted person who will assume legal guardianship. This can be a relative, a close family friend, or anyone else you choose, and will preferably be someone with whom your children already have a relationship.

Planning for the California Probate Process

After your death, the terms of your last will and testament will be administered through California probate court. The court will attempt to value your property and any outstanding debts, determine whether you have a valid will, identify and locate your chosen beneficiaries, and transfer property and assets to them according to your wishes. The probate process may take several months or more to complete, but you can ensure it proceeds as smoothly as possible by naming a trusted executor in your will who is responsible for working with the court to administer your wishes.

Contact a North Bay Area Estate Planning Attorney

Creating a last will and testament that accurately reflects your wishes and provides for your family requires careful consideration, but with the guidance of an experienced attorney, you can work to create a document that is thorough and legally valid. We do not want you to wait to create your will until it is too late, and we are ready to help you be proactive in planning for your future and that of your family. Contact us today at 415-534-1200 to schedule a free initial consultation virtually, by phone, or at a convenient location of your choice. We serve clients in San Francisco, the East Bay, the North Bay, the Peninsula, and neighboring cities and counties throughout the Bay Area.

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