Estate Planning

Estate Planning Attorney Los Angeles

A California Estate Plan is a collection of documents that typically include a will, trust, quitclaim deed, power of attorney and advance healthcare directive.
An estate plan should at least accomplish the following three goals for you in California:
1. Avoid Los Angeles Probate Court
2. Plan for Guardianship of Minor Children
3. Plan for Incapacity
At Best Coast Estate Law we offer flat rate packages that are custom tailored to each client. Your estate plan allows you to control what happens to you in the event of incapacity and the transfer of your assets after your death. It should encompass your private assets, real estate, business assets and even intellectual property or royalties and residuals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our team specializes in simplifying the estate-planning process so you and your loved ones can feel certain about every decision. Start with this overview, and then book a consultation when you’re ready to talk more.
In California, if you do not have an estate plan, the Probate Court will determine who controls your estate after your death, who can manage your affairs during a period of incapacity and who should take custody of your children if you are unable to. An estate plan gives you the power to make these choices yourself.
No! There are many reasons to avoid this, including but not limited to capital gains tax consequences, increased legal liability and potential elder abuse. You can avoid probate of your California real estate by creating a trust or by executing a transfer on death deed (in limited circumstances). If you put your child’s name on your home you can never change your mind, but an attorney drafted estate plan gives you flexibility to make updates throughout your life.

In California, the primary difference between a trust and a will is that a trust avoids Probate Court. If you only have a will, your assets will likely be subject to court administration after your death or during a period of incapacity. A trust allows you to avoid California Probate Court. Probate Court is very time-consuming and expensive. If you own real estate, have minor children or have other significant assets, a trust is your best option for avoiding court.

In California a Probate Administration typically takes 1 – 2 years to complete. There are many expenses related to a probate such as publishing fees, filing fees, courier fees, appraisal fees and of course, attorney fees. A California Probate Attorney is paid a percentage of the gross value of the assets. A Probate also exposes your estate to potential creditors against your estate- most significantly Medi-Cal estate recovery.
If you have minor children, you can nominate a loved one to serve as guardian of your children if you are unable. This nomination should be made in your Will. A guardian has the rights and responsibilities of a parent and would have custody of your child. You can name a guardian on the condition that they are still married or reside in a particular area. You can also make sure funds are available to the guardian for your child’s expenses so that he or she is not financially burdened by caring for your child.

We offer flat fees for clients beginning the process of estate planning. If you have an existing estate plan, we will review and modify that plan at our hourly rate. Learn more about our flat-rate packages and pricing

Client Testimonials

The BCLG was instrumental in helping us set up a family trust. Brittany is generous with her knowledge, her time and is deeply passionate about helping her clients protect themselves and future generations from going into probate. Highly highly recommend working with her and her incredible team.
I highly recommend Britton Law Group. I called for a consultation and spoke to Lisa. She's got a heart of gold. She was so honest that after explanation my...
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Do your loved ones a favor and work with Brittany Britton to get your affairs in order before it's too late. She is super personable and makes everything so...
5 stars is not enough praise! We are totally satisfied with every aspect of the estate plan Brittany (Brittion Law Group) prepared for us (A family Trust; Certificate of Trust; “Pour over” Wills; Durable Power of Attorney; Advance Health Care Directive, Deeding our house to the trust; etc). We are especially pleased that everything was tailor-made to our specific circumstances. The legal advice/service provided was expert and the documents are flawless. She and her team are quite pleasant to work with, efficient, patient, ethical, and detail oriented experts. We did everything by email, internet, Zoom, telephone and mail – we never left home! (Totally Covid safe). Traveling notary came to our home for signatures during a Zoom session with Brittany. All fees are reasonable, fair, fully worth it for the high-quality service and product you get and fees are fully transparent. Other law firms I considered did not disclose fees in advance. I understand why she has so many five star reviews and no complaints.Important regarding Estate Planning, Trusts and Wills – in my view, never DIY (“Do It Yourself)! Before selecting Britton Law Group, I was in a DIY mode. As a retired aerospace engineer I thought it would be easy to DIY. I read about four detailed books on Estate Planning, Trusts and Wills. I read a lot on the internet via Google. I even downloaded some DIY forms thinking I could just fill in the blanks. Wrong! And some internet sites offer to download/sell and even help you fill in the “one-size-fits-all” boilerplate blank forms – A bad idea in my view. Any estate plan must be tailor made to your specific situation. There are just too many things to consider for you to do this without an attorney specializing in estate planning paying specific attention to all the details. So I began a methodical review of law firms with websites specializing in estate planning and trusts, and created a pro/con evaluation. That’s how I arrived Britton Law Group. Happy I did. Thanks Brittany and team.
A year ago, my husband suddenly passed away. I needed a local law group to help me since he left no will or living trust. Brittany and Lisa were very...

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