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ESTATE PLANNING
  An ordinary Will expresses your instructions for how your
estate should be distributed when you die.  But a Will must pass
through “Probate,” a court monitored process.  All of your
belongings must be cataloged and valued in documents filed
with the court.  That makes them available to be seen by
anyone in the world with an internet connection, from creditors
to predators to nosey neighbors.  

  Additionally, in California, a Probate Attorney is paid a sliding-
scale percentage of the gross value of the estate (not on just
the equity) to shepherd the estate through Probate.  So if you
own a home and other belongings, it is not difficult for the
attorney’s fee to be $10,000 or more.
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Wills
Estate Administration Services
   Taking an estate through the Probate process requires
attention to detail.  The court will monitor the progress and
make certain Orders as requested by the various creditors
and heirs.  

  Trust Administration also requires that certain notices be
given to creditors and heirs.

  Law Offices of Robert G. Padrick, A PLC can represent you
in either process and keep you informed of the progress
every step of the way.
Trusts
  In contrast, a Pour-Over Will and Revocable Living Trust also
express your instructions for how your estate should be
distributed when you die.  First, you “distribute” your assets into
the Trust while you are alive.  Then you manage those assets
for your own benefit while you are alive.  The instant you die,
the Will “pours” all your personal property “over” into the trust
and the person you have designated as your successor
Trustee takes over managing the trust assets, for the benefit of
the new beneficiary.  

  The property in the Trust does not change hands.  So
nothing passes through Probate.  No family squabbles.  No
snooping creditors, predators or neighbors.  No sliding-scale
percentage attorney’s fees.  It is fast, private and inexpensive.
Directives

  •        Durable Power of Attorney
                (appoints someone to manage the Trust if you
                 are alive but incapacitated)

  •        Medical Power of Attorney
                (appoints someone to make health care decisions
                  if you are alive but incapacitated;  also known as
                  “Health care directive” or “Living Will”)

  •        Memorial Instructions
                (spells out your wishes for funeral or cremation
                 arrangements)

 
 •        Appointment of Temporary and Permanent
           Guardian for Minor Children
– With Instructions
               (if applicable; appoints a Guardian for your minor
                children and can also give instructions for your
                wishes on how to raise the child)
               Large or small, everyone has an “estate
             
And, grand or simple, everyone has a plan

                Put your plan for your estate in writing!

     KEEP CONTROL OVER WHAT YOU’VE WORKED FOR

          AVOID  PROBATE                CREATE  A  TRUST
             *Expensive / Slow               *Inexpensive / Fast
             *Public                                  *Private
             *Invites Conflicts                *Avoids Conflicts

                 •        Wills & Trusts
                 •        Healthcare Directives
                 •        Power of Attorney
                 •        Guardianship Appointments
                 •        Probate & Trust administration

     If you don't yet have a Will or Trust, don’t be
embarrassed.  You have plenty of company.  Estimates are
that 40% of the “Baby Boomer” generation still have not
prepared a Will or a Trust.  Percentages are even higher in
younger generations.