If you own property in California then you need to have a trust in order to protect your family. Otherwise, you will force your family to go to probate court when you pass away, which is required by California law. The probate process takes years and your assets are frozen the during the probate proceeding. Essentially, your family will not have access to your assets until the probate process is complete. On the other hand, if you have a trust and your assets if properly placed into the trust then your estate will bypass probate court and your family will be protected. At Coastal Pacific Law, we help clients effectively use the many types of estate planning tools:

  • Living Trust 
  • Will
  • Pour-Over Will
  • Advance Health Care Directive 
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Authorizations ("HIPAA")
  • Special Needs Trust 
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust