Torrance & South Bay Estate Planning & Probate Lawyer
Skilled legal assistance with the highest level of personal attention to client needs and goals
Samuel Ford Law provides skilled and experienced legal guidance for families in Torrance and throughout the South Bay as they create end-of-life documents such as wills and trusts, as well as guiding them in making important decisions about business succession strategies and estate tax planning. Our Torrance estate planning & probate lawyer will work closely with you to understand your unique situation and tailor your estate plan to fit your individual needs and goals.
A voice you can trust on the legal issues that matter most
The decisions you make about your estate are some of the most important choices you’ll ever make. While you may no longer be physically present, providing for family, friends, and charitable organizations after your death will allow you to continue to care for those you loved most.
Seasoned guidance when drafting a complete and reliable estate plan
If you’re in your 30s or 40s, you might believe that planning for what will happen to your property when you die is something you won’t need to do until you’re old. Unfortunately, life is not always so straightforward. Accidents or serious illnesses can strike at any time without warning. Even when a traumatic accident or disease doesn’t result in a loss of life, it can leave you incapacitated and unable to manage your affairs, either temporarily or permanently. Should these events strike before you have taken the time to create an estate plan or health care directives, your family members and loved ones will be left scrambling to determine a path forward, all without knowing your wishes for your property and medical care.
Estate plans aren’t just for the elderly. Anyone who owns real estate, has children, or possesses substantial assets must consider what will happen to those persons and things should they no longer be available to provide direction. At Samuel Ford Law, we are committed to helping South Bay families of all ages and levels of wealth throughout all stages of planning for incapacity or end of life. Let us strategize with you regarding how to leave behind the most substantial gifts you can to their loved ones, and develop the documents and legal instruments that will be most effective in carrying out these wishes. Contact our Torrance offices to schedule a consult on your estate planning needs.
Creating an estate plan is so much more than drafting a will
Dying without a will, known as dying “intestate,” can result in chaos for surviving families and spouses, not to mention a lengthy process for dividing assets and a high potential for legal action by survivors who are dissatisfied with the result. Any adult should, at minimum, draft a last will and testament that will allocate their assets to those people and institutions they most want to thrive. While the creation of only a will is better than leaving no estate plan at all, drafting a will is only one step in the process of creating a comprehensive estate plan.
A complete estate plan will cover periods of incapacity during life as well as what happens at your death, and at a minimum should include a will, a durable power of attorney and an advance health care directive. Most people will also need a revocable living trust, which will hold most of your assets and will control their disposition at your death and potentially long afterward.
Through our estate planning process, Samuel Ford Law offers you greater certainty that your heirs and giftees will receive the full benefit of that with which you’ve entrusted them, and that your affairs will be handled with care and attention when you are unable to handle them.
Get a trustworthy attorney’s help when navigating probate in Southern California courts
The process of probate has a bad reputation, and with good reason. Probating an estate in California courts can require months—often years—to complete and requires many hours of work on complex financial documents. While it may feel like an honor bestowed in trust to be designated as the executor of a loved one’s estate, handling probate without skilled legal help can feel confusing and exhausting.
If you’re facing the process of probate of a loved one’s estate in the Los Angeles South Bay, don’t go through it alone. Contact Samuel Ford Law in Torrance for compassionate and attentive guidance throughout the California probate process. Let our offices handle the challenging bureaucratic process of probate so that you can focus on more important personal needs after a loved one’s death.
Create documents that will guide your loved ones when making important choices about your health when you’re incapacitated
Death may not be the only time that we are rendered unable to make choices about the management of our affairs. In some cases, a disease, illness, or accident may leave us either briefly or permanently unable to care for and manage our property, or even to speak for ourselves. While we hope that these events never come to pass, it is important to create a plan in case they do. Samuel Ford Law can help you draft documents that will designate someone you trust to act with power of attorney, whether over your finances, your medical decisions, or both. Our Torrance estate planning offices can also work with you to create a business succession plan, designing a tax-efficient handoff strategy and designating those you believe will be capable and ready to carry out your vision for your closely-held business when you no longer can.
Create your California estate plan with an attorney you can trust
At the Torrance offices of Samuel Ford Law, we take our responsibility seriously when providing thorough and well-designed estate plans for our clients. Allow us to guide you as you make the choices that will shape your legacy going forward. Contact an experienced and conscientious Torrance estate planning & probate lawyer in the South Bay of Los Angeles at Samuel Ford Law for a free consultation.