Experienced attorneys help with all your estate and will-related questions
Planning to take care of your loved ones after you are gone should not be left until the last minute. The Law Offices of Sheldon J. Eskin represents clients throughout Southern California in a variety of issues related to wills. We have spent more than 40 years offering clients advice on drafting and changing wills and how to navigate the probate process. We are truly invested in our community and strive to give local residents high-quality legal services. Whether you have questions about how to avoid will contests, need information about formal probate or want to know how to update your will, we will give you the information you need to make sound decisions.
Knowledgeable lawyers provide valuable will drafting services
Wills are legal documents that control property distribution after death. Because they significantly impact property rights, there are formalities that must be satisfied to establish the document’s validity. For instance, two witnesses must be present when the will is signed to attest to the will’s existence and validity. If any of these requirements are missing, the will can be invalidated and state intestacy law then controls who gets your property. We want you to maintain control of your legacy and have the knowledge to draft a will that is strong, effective and free from ambiguity or error.
Reliable counselors deliver strong representation in probate proceedings
When someone dies, it may be necessary to go through probate, a court-supervised process designed to assess, gather and distribute the estate of the deceased. Depending on the types of property involved and the deceased’s estate plan, probate can be straightforward or complicated. An executor is typically in charge of collecting assets, paying debts and dividing the estate. This process can take months to years, which is why you need an attorney who understands the system and aims to avoid costly mistakes. Probate can be overwhelming and we are here to represent your interests and work toward an efficient path to closing an estate.
Accomplished counselors update wills and help to select an appropriate executor
Having a will is not enough if it does not reflect your current circumstances. If a will does not keep up with changes in your family or your intentions, a court may reject it. Thus, regular review of your estate plan is highly valuable. To change a will, you still need the standard formalities of:
- A written document
- Being at least 18 years old;
- Being of sound mind
- Signing in the presence of two witnesses who must also sign
Further, who you choose to serve as executor (the person charged with administering your will) is also important, so you want to pick someone who has the time and good relationships with other family members to reduce the likelihood of disagreements. We want to put you on the road to success and will use our years of experience to draft documents and provide guidance you can trust.
Contact our dedicated California law firm for a consultation
The Law Office of Sheldon J. Eskin assists clients in Southern California in a spectrum of will and estate planning matters. Call 818-905-0102 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation at our Glendale office.