Estate planning is an important task for anyone who owns valuable assets and/or provides support to dependents. With the right estate plan, you can rest assured that your loved ones will have the resources they need in the event of your death and that your estate will be handled in accordance with your wishes. To develop a working estate plan, you need to consult an experienced San Jose Estate Planning Attorney like Jean G. Ashton.
Knowledgeable Estate Planning Services in San Jose
An estate plan is a plan that details the distribution of your assets after your death. It may include any combination of estate planning tools, but the most common tools used are wills and trusts. Depending on your goals, you may use these tools to provide for minor or grown children, distribute your assets to other friends and family, leave money to charity and more.
Wills are legal documents that describe how you would like your assets to be distributed when you die. In most cases, your will must be processed by probate court before your assets will be dispersed to your beneficiaries. Living trusts, on the other hand, are legal entities that hold your assets while you are still alive. When you die, the assets held in the trust will pass directly to your beneficiaries without going through probate court.
Trusts and Wills
Wills and trusts offer both advantages and disadvantages. While some clients will benefit more from trusts, others need only a will. Attorney Jean G. Ashton can review your situation and help you decide which of these tools is best for you. He can also help you update your estate plan throughout your life as your needs and goals change over time.
Contact Jean G. Ashton, Attorney at Law
If you need to create an estate plan, hiring an estate planning attorney in San Jose is highly recommended. Attorney Jean G. Ashton provides estate planning services to San Jose and the surrounding area. He has many years of experience and speaks Spanish fluently. Whatever your situation may be, Jean G. Ashton can help you create an estate plan that accomplishes all of your goals. Contact the office today to schedule a free half hour consultation and learn more about the services we provide.