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I am a family law attorney, and I specialize in divorces/separations, child custody and visitation, child support, and domestic violence retraining orders. In addition, we handle personal injury cases, from motor vehicle accidents, to slip and falls. We also handle business contracts, estate planning, unlawful detainer, and immigration law.

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Our services include the following: estate planning, probate, conservatorship, living trusts creation, probate and trust litigation, business planning (i.e., corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, etc.). We have over 35 years of experience.

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Our company is committed to giving you quality estate planning resources, so that you can become familiar with every existing options. When you call or visit our office, we want you to feel relaxed discussing such a critical issue regarding both you as well as your family. We hope to supply you with the information you require to make an knowledgeable decision regarding the future of your family. If you have a well-drafted estate plan in place, you will make sure that your estate goes to whoever you want, when you want, and is done in the way you have chosen. You can rest assured that your family won't have to bear the public process and expensive matter of probate. The government will not be able to get what you have spent a lifetime building. But you must be aware of the various options which exist in estate planning, and you have to select your attorney wisely. That is why Law Office of Teresa B. Petty offers this wealth of free seminars and free information. Read our estate planning articles, and if you're within the area, join us at a forum on estate planning. We want you to feel assured regarding the choices you make; allow us to be your guide on the path toward preserving your family's future. Estate planning Through the use of living trusts, wills (simple and complex), powers of attorney, irrevocable trusts, living wills, charitable gifting strategies, and family limited partnerships, our company assists families in preserving their wealth for next generations, minimizing estate taxes, and avoiding the expense and nightmare of probate. We provide comprehensive, tailored estate planning services to meet all of our clients’ needs. Below is a sampling of the type of services we offer. If you have quereies regarding any of our services, please don't hesitate in calling us. Legacy planning Legacy Planning is a more holistic approach to estate planning. We assist clients secure their financial wealth as well as their legacy, which includes their family heirlooms and life stories for future generations. Our non-traditional planning techniques involve special protections and provisions in living trusts, wills (simple and complex), living wills, powers of attorney, family limited partnerships, charitable gifting strategies, and irrevocable trusts. This planning also covers avoiding the nightmare and expense of probate, minimizing estate taxes, guarding against remarriage after death of the first spouse, as well as protecting beneficiaries from a possible future divorce. Family-owned businesses and farms Our law firm offers estate planning assistance for the distinct necessities of family farms and businesses. We assist clients preserve this important part of their legacy for future generations. Estate planning for the GLBT community We offer assistance and guidance to GLBT community members on their distinct estate planning necessities. This covers help in setting up living trusts and health care directives. Incapacity planning Our law company assists clients in making a plan to manage their affairs in the event of an incapacity before they pass away. This covers planning to prevent a living probate or guardianship proceeding. IRA and retirement planning Our law company has experience in the complicated field of estate planning with IRAs as well as other retirement plans. We assist in making sure clients as well as their beneficiaries are protected by employing tax reduction techniques. Elder Law, Medi-Cal and Veteran’s Benefits Planning We assist clients legally qualify for government medical benefits, as well as ensure their estates are secured for their families, rather than their nest egg being wiped out by high nursing home expenses. Asset protection and business planning We help clients who are small business owners as well as those who are most prone to being sued by helping with lawsuit as well as asset protection. We also help with small business planning and business succession planning. Among the strategies and tools utilized are family limited partnerships, limited liability companies and buy-sell agreements. Special needs planning We offer assistance to clientele who have special needs family members by making special needs estate plans. These customized plans help them retain government benefits whilst having their beloved one cared for in every area of their life: medical, educational and financial, and most significantly, their personal and emotional needs in the future. Trust administration and probate We help families who've encountered the loss of a loved one with the resulting trust or probate administration process. Financial planning We help clients preserve their wealth and achieve their long-term financial goals. Our attorneys closely work with clients’ financial advisors to ensure their financial plan and their estate plan are coordinated and meet the clients goals.

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What kind of lawyer does wills?

No one likes talking about death, but it’s better than leaving your children or siblings to sort out your estate. A clearly planned will can make the time of mourning easier for everyone. An estate attorney will develop a legal will, create trusts on your behalf, and ensure the proper execution of your estate after you pass away.  

Family attorneys and estate attorneys, also called probate and wills attorneys, can each prepare wills. The type of lawyer best suited to prepare your will depends on your situation. Most family attorneys provide services to prepare basic wills, including bequeathing property and personal items to family or naming a guardian for minor children. However, estate attorneys specialize in preparing wills in more complex situations. Consider hiring an estate attorney if you:

  • Have a large number of assets, especially those subject to estate taxes
  • Want to create a trust, such as allowing a spouse to live in your home until he or she dies and then leaving it to your children, or set up long-term care for a beneficiary
  • Have an ownership stake in a business
  • Expect someone to contest your will
  • Want to disinherit your spouse

How do you find a good lawyer for wills?

Estate planning is an important part of financial planning, so it’s important to find the right attorney to prepare your will. Although most family attorneys can put together a basic will, you may want one who specializes in wills and estate planning, especially if you have a lot of assets or a dependent to take care of. You may need an attorney who has expertise in planning and executing trusts and a background in taxes. Ask how the attorney charges; some charge by the hour, others have a set fee for writing wills, and some charge a percentage of the total value of the estate. Make a list of several potential wills attorneys to interview. Make sure you make a strong personal connection with your attorney — you need to be comfortable telling him or her personal, confidential information about your life, and you need to feel that the attorney is committed to solving any problems that may arise while writing your will. Also find out how long the attorney has practiced estate law and whether he or she has handled wills similar to yours.

How much does it cost to have a living will?

Either a family attorney or an estate, or wills, attorney can help you prepare a living will, either as part of your general estate planning or as an individual document. The cost typically ranges from $250 to $500, depending on your attorney’s fees; some charge by the hour, while others have a flat rate for writing a living will. Some states require living wills to be notarized, which adds an average of $5 to $15. In a living will — also called an advanced healthcare directive — you specify whether you want to be kept on life support if you become terminally ill or lapse into a persistent vegetative state. You can also answer other important questions in a living will like your preferences for tube feeding, artificial hydration and pain medication in situations when you cannot communicate your wishes on your own.

How much should an estate plan cost?

The cost of an estate plan depends largely on the number of parts it includes and the complexity of the documents. The most basic estate plan is simply a will, but it may also include designating power of attorney or a health care proxy to another person, writing a living will, or making a HIPAA authorization. The average national cost to make an estate plan ranges from $350 to $900, but can cost much more in complicated situations. For example, an estate attorney may charge only $900 to prepare a basic will providing outright distribution — meaning that property and assets are distributed upon death. Writing a more complicated will and holding assets in trusts can cost $3,000, or more. The process of creating an estate plan generally takes two to four weeks, starting with the initial consultation with the wills attorney to identify areas of concern in order to design an estate plan that fits your goals and budget. Once an estate plan is written, the attorney meets with the clients, a notary, and two neutral witnesses to review and sign the plan and associated documents.

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