West County Estate Planning Lawyer

Often people think estate planning is just for the wealthy, those with vast properties and investments. Not so. Even the most simple of estates can benefit from planning ahead for the inevitable. By documenting your wishes in a will or trust and naming a trusted executor you can ensure that not only are your property and assets allocated properly but family heirlooms, photos and other items of sentimental value are handed down the way you intend. I am David A. Brown, and in my 35 years of experience as a Richmond estate planning attorney I have helped countless individuals and families with a variety of probate and estate planning issues.

It's important to keep your last will and testament updated so it reflects your latest wishes as your life changes and beneficiaries and heirs change. I work with a large number of blended families advising them on estate planning tools so that they can avoid probate, and without the cost of more comprehensive estate plans. Families with young children have even more at stake should the unexpected happen. Beyond naming a guardian, you want to ensure their current and future financial well-being is secured.

West Contra Costa County Property Trust Attorney

There are a great number of comprehensive tools in estate planning such as wills and trusts. A variety of trusts are available which help you manage your property during life. A revocable trust is often a desirable option because you can change or revoke the terms of the trust any time after its inception. And with a revocable trust there is no need to transfer assets through the probate process since you own no assets at the time of your death.

The goal when considering all the available estate planning tools is to avoid probate, minimize estate taxes and provide for the smooth transfer of your wealth with minimal delay and expense. You have spent your entire life creating your wealth and security for your family; don't take the risk of costly probate, consult an experienced and competent estate planning lawyer and save your family time and money down the road.

Contact David A. Brown, Attorney at Law

There is no substitute for an experienced lawyer who will ensure all aspects are considered and issues are addressed for your unique situation. I find great satisfaction in developing sound strategies for families and giving them the peace of mind that a solid estate plan provides. I welcome the opportunity to assist your family with planning for the future. Contact my office in Richmond, California, for an appointment.