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The Most Common Oversights in Estate Planning

Don't Hinder Your Tomorrow with Mistakes Made Today!

From the first decision to the last, the success of your estate plan depends on the correct execution of many different factors. Those who choose to go without legal representation quickly discover why retaining an attorney is so helpful. There is a lot at stake with your estate plan and now is the time to perfect the details.

The Torrance estate planning lawyers at our firm place a high value on efficiency and perseverance. We'll navigate you toward a plan you feel comfortable with and provide personalized assistance every step of the way.

What pitfalls do I need to be aware of?

Estate planning has a lot of moving parts, so it's only natural that oversights happen. The best way to avoid these oversights is to maintain a constant awareness of the most common ones.

These four oversights should be avoided at all costs:

  1. Failing to plan: Nobody likes to think about life after they're gone, but getting the hard decisions out of the way allows you to enjoy the days you have left. Failing to create an estate plan at all does a disservice to your family and can put everything you've worked for at risk.
  2. Ignoring tax apportionment clauses: If you don't designate which assets your state and federal estate taxes will come out of, it can lead to some messy situations. Always specify the details of your taxes.
  3. Confusing probate and non-probate assets: Confusing these two very different types of assets may negate your will or cause your assets to go to someone you never intended.
  4. Foregoing a trust: Many people choose to leave assets to their beneficiaries right away, but this can become a recipe for disaster. Using a trust allows you to choose when the beneficiaries receive their assets.

Call our Torrance estate planning attorneys for assistance today!

At first glance, an estate plan appears extremely daunting and complex. There is a lot to consider but with our attorneys on your side, you're never alone. We pride ourselves on offering client-centered strategies that truly work.

The Law Offices of James C. Shields has a thorough understanding of estate planning unmatched by many other firms. Schedule your free consultation to take advantage of our expertise.

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