Are you someone who gives regularly and generously to charity? If so, you may hope to continue your charitable gifting after you are gone. While you can simply make charitable gifts in your Last Will and Testament, there are other options that offer additional benefits to both you and to the recipient. The Los Angeles estate planning attorneys at Schomer Law Group, APC discuss common ways to include charitable gifting in your estate plan. Charity and Your Lasting Legacy If giving back is … [Read more...] about Common Ways to Include Charitable Gifts in Your Estate Plan
As your estate wealth and your family grow, you will likely incorporate a variety of estate planning tools and strategies into your existing estate plan. One of the most common of those is a trust. If you do decide to add a trust to your estate plan, you will need to appoint a Trustee for that trust. A common question people have when creating a trust is whether they can appoint themselves to be the Trustee of that trust. To help answer that question, the Los Angeles trust attorneys at Schomer … [Read more...] about Can I Be the Trustee of the Trust I Establish?
Despite acknowledging the need to have an estate plan in place, more than half of all Americans have yet to start on their estate plan. One common explanation for this is that the average person finds the idea of creating an estate plan intimidating. While an estate plan can become extremely complex as both your family and your estate grow, a basic estate plan is not usually as complex and difficult to understand as people frequently envision it will be. For many people, the first question they … [Read more...] about What Is the Most Important Estate Planning Document?
Your estate plan should protect your assets while you are here as well as ensure they are distributed according to your wishes when you are gone. For your plan to protect your assets though, you must first identify the possible threats to those assets. Some of the ways in which your assets might be at risk are obvious; however, there are also likely ways in which your assets are at risk that you have not considered. To help you keep your assets safe, the Los Angeles estate planning attorneys at … [Read more...] about 5 Threats to Your Assets
There was a time when a family would typically remain within a small geographical area for generations. Moving far away from your extended family was simply not commonly done. Today, however, it is the norm to live hundreds, even thousands, of miles away from even your close family members. Advances in technology make keeping in touch much easier; however, providing care from afar for an elderly loved one remains difficult. A Los Angeles elder law attorney at Schomer Law Group, APC offers some … [Read more...] about Providing Care from Afar
Si usted es padre, es probable que planee transmitir algunos, o todos, los activos de su patrimonio a sus hijos después de su muerte. Si sus hijos aún son menores de edad, no pueden heredar directamente de su patrimonio; sin embargo, una vez que sean adultos legales, puede dejarles activos directamente dentro de su plan de sucesión. El hecho de que puedas no significa que sea la mejor idea. Los abogados de Los Ángeles en Schomer Law Group, APC discute por qué dejar a sus hijos una herencia de … [Read more...] about Dejar a Sus Hijos una Herencia de Suma Global Puede No Ser Sabio
One of the first practical steps that must be taken following the death of a loved one is to locate the decedent’s Last Will and Testament. The person appointed in that Will as the Executor of the estate is charged with overseeing the probate of the decedent’s estate. If you recently learned that you were appointed to be the Executor of an estate, you may be wondering if you need a lawyer to assist you with probating the estate. Ultimately, it is your choice; however, the Los Angeles probate … [Read more...] about Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me Probate an Estate?
Anytime an elderly loved one is being cared for by others, whether at a long-term care facility or by at-home caregivers, it is difficult not to worry about their physical and mental wellbeing. This is especially true given the prevalence of elder abuse. The Los Angeles elder law attorneys at Schomer Law Group, APC discuss what to do if you believe a loved one is the victim of elder abuse. The Harsh Reality of Elder Abuse Sadly, elder abuse is probably more prevalent than most people … [Read more...] about Elder Abuse – What to Do If You Believe a Loved One Is a Victim
You may have started planning for retirement as soon as you entered the workforce. After all, most of us are told that the earlier you begin your retirement plan, the more comfortable you will be during your retirement years. If you are now nearing your retirement years, however, there are additional things to consider to make sure your affairs are prepared. To help you get started, the Los Angeles estate planning attorneys at Schomer Law Group, APC urge you to ask yourself the following five … [Read more...] about Retirement Planning – 5 Questions to Consider
The death of a family member is a confusing time for those left behind as they try and focus on the practical and legal ramifications of their loved one’s passing. Questions may arise about the last days, weeks, or months of your family member’s life. You may even begin to question the validity of the Last Will and Testament purportedly created and executed by the decedent prior to his or her death which may cause you to consider contesting the Will. The Los Angeles probate lawyers at … [Read more...] about Contesting a Will in California – What You Need to Know