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Estate Planning Attorneys Lafayette

Documenting Your Wishes and Protecting Your Assets

In addition to dealing with all types of estate administration and disputes over estates, we offer comprehensive estate planning services focused on meeting our clients' unique individual needs. Our knowledge in each of these areas is an asset to our work in all of our estate planning work, as we strive to provide maximum asset protection and help you achieve peace of mind.

We know how to develop solid estate plans, and we understand what issues are apt to cause problems. If you are ready to put an estate plan together or would like us to review your existing estate documents in light of current laws and changes in your circumstances, please contact our Lafayette, California, law offices today.

Diligent Preparation of Wills, Trusts and Other Essential Documents

Led in the estate planning area by attorney Timothy B. Walker, we serve people across the economic spectrum, addressing key concerns by:

  • Creating a will, living trust if appropriate, and powers of attorney that provide as much assurance as possible that your wishes will be carried out and your assets protected against unnecessary probate fees, taxes and other expenses
  • Planning for the possibility of a disabling illness or catastrophic injury through the development of a durable power of attorney for financial affairs, an advanced health care directive and a nomination of conservator
  • Addressing specific concerns such as minimizing "death tax" liability, avoiding the need for a conservatorship, and maintaining privacy rather than going through a public, sometimes complex and costly probate process

A Complete Range of Solutions for Your Specific Needs

Nearly everyone, regardless of their level of wealth, should have basic estate planning documents in place to prevent disputes and avoid certain costs at the time of death. If you have substantial assets, including a home or other real property, the costs of estate planning will almost certainly be much less than the basic statutory fees for administering your estate.

We develop living trusts and well-structured estate plans based on your specific priorities and goals. Our legal team also has experience protecting the interests of administrators, trustees and other personal representatives. Beginning with a free 30 minute consultation, you can depend on the lawyers of Pedder, Hesseltine, Walker & Toth, LLP, to offer conscientious guidance and effective, practical solutions.