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At Stolar Law Group, we firmly believe it is never too soon to begin planning for your future. If something were to happen to you tomorrow, can you confidently say that those closest to you would be taken care of? Pondering the what-if situations isn’t fun, but it’s a good idea to consider the state of your assets to better secure the future of your family and loved ones. To plan your will or trusts, contact an experienced estate planning lawyer, like those at Stolar Law Group.

Led by founding attorney, Steven Stolar, who brings more than 40 years of experience to our practice, Stolar Law Group is proud to offer professional, approachable legal services to all of our clients. Our Los Angeles will and trust attorneys provide personalized legal counsel to meet the specific needs of each client, protecting their best interests every step of the way. Based in Beverly Hills, our firm represents clients throughout Los Angeles County and all of California, from San Diego to San Francisco. 

Schedule your free case evaluation with our team today by calling (818) 600-6534 or by contacting us online using our secure submission form.

What Is a Will?

Wills are the most common document in an estate plan. They fulfill the most basic needs in dividing an individual’s assets. In a will, a person can designate who will receive their possessions upon their death. This includes properties, funds, vehicles, or any other belongings. 

With a will, you can split your possessions in any way you choose. You may even designate that certain properties or funds be sent to charities. If you have young children under the age of 18, you may also use the will to appoint guardianship.

Should the owner of the will wish to include any conditions for the beneficiaries, the details of those stipulations should be outlined in the will. An experienced estate planning attorney will be able to help you draft a will according to your exact specifications, including any stipulations you would like to impose on your beneficiaries. For example, a person may wish to leave a fund to his grandson, but only if he enrolls in a university.

What Is a Trust?

A trust is an estate planning tool that allows you to move your properties and assets into the control of a third party on behalf of designated beneficiaries. With a trust, the person who establishes the trust (known as the “grantor”) can designate someone (known as the “trustee”), the power to manage the property on behalf of another person (known as the “beneficiary”).

While the property may ultimately belong to the beneficiary/beneficiaries, the trustee will continue to manage and control the property until the beneficiary can take the reins. Depending on the type of trust you create, you may serve as the trustee, meaning you can retain control of the assets and properties placed in the trust until your death or a certain time of your choosing. 

Trusts can be particularly useful if the grantor wishes to leave a large sum to a younger person who is not yet old enough to manage it. The appointed trustee could maintain the funds and properties until the beneficiary is of age and is therefore capable of such arrangements. The property in a trust may be physical property or monetary funds.

Our Los Angeles trust attorneys at Stolar Law Group can help you review various types of trusts, including both common and less-common trusts, based on the specific details of your situation, as well as your personal concerns and goals. 

We are happy to discuss your various options during a free and confidential consultation

Types of Trusts 

There are many different types of trusts, all of which can address specific goals. 

Some of the most common types of trusts in California include:

  • Revocable Trusts: A revocable trust allows for modifications, including termination of the trust, at any time. With a revocable trust, the grantor can make changes without the beneficiary’s permission, as long as the grantor is considered to be of sound mind and mentally capable of making such changes.
  • Irrevocable Trusts: In contrast to a revocable trust, an irrevocable trust cannot be changed, amended, or terminated by the grantor once the trust has been created. In other words, with an irrevocable trust, you relinquish your right to the trust, and all assets and properties contained within it, for the remainder of your life.
  • Charitable Trusts: Charitable trusts are used to provide assets and/or funds to certain designated charities the grantor chooses. There are two types of charitable trusts in California: charitable lead trusts and charitable remainder trusts. Our team at Stolar Law Group can help you determine which option best suits your goals.
  • Special Needs Trusts: A special needs trust is an important tool for ensuring the continued care of a child or family member with special needs. With a special needs trust, you can ensure that your disabled loved one continues to receive the financial support they need for the rest of their life, even after you are gone.
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Why Choose Stolar Law Group? 

Whether you need to adjust your existing will or trust, or you need to create a new will or trust from scratch, we can help. Without these necessary documents, your estate could go to probate court upon your death, which can be a long, difficult, and taxing process for your loved ones. Establishing a firm, legally binding estate plan is the best way to save your family added strain and financial burden after your passing. 

Our firm has extensive professional resources to draw on in order to compose your will and trust to your exact specifications. Don’t leave your finances and properties to chance; establish a legal plan with our competent Los Angeles wills and trusts lawyers today.

Contact Stolar Law Group at (818) 600-6534 to begin establishing your will or trust.

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  • Can a will or trust help my family avoid probate?

    Generally speaking, most estates in California must go through probate, regardless of whether or not there is a will or trust. However, certain types of trusts may avoid probate. Additionally, there are other ways to sidestep probate in California, including gifting, title transferring through joint tenancy or right of survivorship, community property between spouses, payable-on-death (POD) designations, and more.

    In certain situations, significant taxes may apply. It is always important to carefully consider your options and review various estate planning tools with a knowledgeable attorney. At Stolar Law Group, we can discuss options for avoiding probate during a free and confidential consultation. Reach out to our firm today to schedule an appointment.

  • What is probate?

    Probate is the legal process of dividing an estate amongst heirs and/or beneficiaries after the death of the estate owner. Probate is overseen by the court, ensuring that the estate owner’s assets, properties, and debts are distributed according to the stipulations of their will or trust. If the estate owner dies without a will or trust, the estate will be divided according to state law.

    Although many people believe that probate only occurs when an individual dies without a will, this is not the case in California. However, when there is a will, probate will typically be less time-consuming and costly than when there is no will.

  • What type of trust should I create?

    If you have begun to think about creating a trust, you may have already realized that there are numerous different types to choose from—and you may already be feeling overwhelmed. While there is no set answer to which type of trust you should choose, it is important to carefully consider your goals.

    Do you want to make sure a family member does not receive a large inheritance all at once? Do you want to donate a gift to charity? Do you want to ensure the continued care of a loved one with special needs? Different types of trusts can accomplish all of these things—and more! We encourage you to reach out to our Los Angeles trust attorneys at Stolar Law Group to set up a complimentary consultation, during which we can review your options and help you find the right type of trust to achieve your unique goals.

  • What’s better, a will or a trust?

    A will is not necessarily “better” than a trust, and vice versa. Rather, the right option will depend on your specific goals, needs, and concerns. A will is the most basic element of an estate plan, but it also has certain limitations. With a trust, you may have more control over how your assets and properties are divided among your beneficiaries, including when and in what manner this occurs.

    There are also many different types of trusts to choose from in California. Again, your unique goals will be the driving force behind which type of trust you should create. Our estate planning lawyers at Stolar Law Group can help you review all of your options and find the right solution for your situation.

  • Why should I create a will?

    A living will, commonly referred to simply as a “will,” is the most basic element of an estate plan. It is also arguably the most important aspect of your estate plan. When you create a will, you can designate how you would like your properties and assets to be divided after your death. While it is never pleasant to imagine such a scenario, planning for the inevitable can not only help ensure that your loved ones are properly cared for after you’re gone but can also ease any concerns you may have about how your hard-earned property will ultimately be divided after you are gone.

    When you have a will, your family does not have to guess how you would want your properties to be split up or who gets your personal belongings. If you have children under the age of 18, you can also use your will to appoint a guardian to be entrusted with their care if you pass away before they reach the age of adulthood.