California Trusts

Trust Attorney Los Angeles

A California trust is very common for individuals who own real estate, have minor children and/or have other significant assets. A trust is an investment during your life that will save your beneficiaries significant time and money after your death. By avoiding California Probate , a trust allows your loved ones to privately follow through with your wishes without the difficulty of court administration.

The estate plan packages at Best Coast Law Group include options with and without a trust.

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Our team specializes in simplifying the estate-planning process so you and your loved ones can feel certain about every decision. Start with this overview, and thenbook a consultation when you’re ready to talk more.
A “living” trust is created during your life to transfer your assets to your beneficiaries at your death without the need for Probate Court. Any California resident with children or who owns property should have a living trust. The person who creates the trust is usually the “Trustee” during his/her life and therefore retains full control of their assets. The “Successor Trustee” is nominated to manage and transfer assets after the owner’s death, according to the terms created by the owner during their life.
A trust is “revocable” if you can update and change the terms during your life. Most living trusts are revocable so that you have the flexibility to update the terms and conditions as necessary. A revocable trust becomes irrevocable upon your death- meaning no one can change the terms you decided on during life. An irrevocable trust cannot be changed during or after your life.

A trust avoids California Probate, while a will must be approved by the Probate
Court to be effective. By avoiding probate, a trust avoids the cost and time of
Probate Court. A trust passes property to beneficiaries quickly and privately, according to the terms of the trust. A typical Probate in California will take at least a year and the Probate attorney is paid a percentage of the value of the assets. A trust typically avoids the waiting period of Probate and the cost of a Probate attorney while also keeping the terms of the trust private.

When you create a living trust in California you must quitclaim the deed of your home into your trust. This transfer does not affect your mortgage OR your property taxes because it is not considered a change of ownership. You can still lease your house, sell your house or refinance/mortgage the property when it is in the trust.

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Brittany is an amazing attorney and I have referred many clients from our firm to her over the years for estate planning assistance. She has been a wonderful and responsive point of contact and easy to work with. Brittany is someone I definitely recommend and will continue to refer clients over to her.
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5 stars is not enough praise! We are totally satisfied with every aspect of the estate plan Brittany (Brittion Law Group) prepared for us (A family Trust; Certificate of Trust; “Pour over” Wills; Durable Power of Attorney; Advance Health Care Directive, Deeding our house to the trust; etc). We are especially pleased that everything was tailor-made to our specific circumstances. The legal advice/service provided was expert and the documents are flawless. She and her team are quite pleasant to work with, efficient, patient, ethical, and detail oriented experts. We did everything by email, internet, Zoom, telephone and mail – we never left home! (Totally Covid safe). Traveling notary came to our home for signatures during a Zoom session with Brittany. All fees are reasonable, fair, fully worth it for the high-quality service and product you get and fees are fully transparent. Other law firms I considered did not disclose fees in advance. I understand why she has so many five star reviews and no complaints.Important regarding Estate Planning, Trusts and Wills – in my view, never DIY (“Do It Yourself)! Before selecting Britton Law Group, I was in a DIY mode. As a retired aerospace engineer I thought it would be easy to DIY. I read about four detailed books on Estate Planning, Trusts and Wills. I read a lot on the internet via Google. I even downloaded some DIY forms thinking I could just fill in the blanks. Wrong! And some internet sites offer to download/sell and even help you fill in the “one-size-fits-all” boilerplate blank forms – A bad idea in my view. Any estate plan must be tailor made to your specific situation. There are just too many things to consider for you to do this without an attorney specializing in estate planning paying specific attention to all the details. So I began a methodical review of law firms with websites specializing in estate planning and trusts, and created a pro/con evaluation. That’s how I arrived Britton Law Group. Happy I did. Thanks Brittany and team.
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This process was one word "easy". Brittany is so great at what she does! We needed a will and felt a little overwhelmed, but she explained the process thoroughly in layman terms. You can tell she truly loves her job and cares about her clients. I know we will use her again for future will, trust and estate planning. She is a gift!
We are so grateful to have found Brittany Britton when we did. My husband and I needed to set up our estate plan with the arrival of a newborn. She made it so easy and we are now able to rest assured that all of our wishes will be followed no matter what the future brings for our family. Brittany came to our home and answered all of our questions and concerns. We HIGHLY recommend her. In fact, we suggested her to our neighbors and our CPA. Both hired her to set up their estate plans and were just as impressed by her as we were!
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I had a large estate that needed to go through probate in California and I live in Indiana. After reviewing several websites, I chose Britton Law Group mostly because of the transparency of fees. I got a lot more than that! Brittany and her team were quick to respond to every question I had, and always explained every step we had to take thoroughly. She recommended a realtor who was a pleasure to work with and even sold the car from the estate for me. This difficult process could not have gone smoother. I highly recommend Britton Law Group!
I was in need of a probate lawyer so I called a few and after speaking to Brittany I decided to go with her. She came to my house which was really convenient, she gathered the necessary paperwork and the probate process began. She was very informative every step of the way, she kept me informed of the court dates and where we were in the probate process. She answered all my questions and concerns promptly and in detail. She made the whole probate process very easy and completed it very quickly, I highly recommend her as a probate lawyer.-Rogelio
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