Estate Planning

Long Beach Estate Planning Attorney

Estate planning is recommended for people of all ages, from young couples who have just brought their first child into the world to senior citizens who are retired and considering a move to a nursing home. If you have assets that you want to protect and pass on, you will find the Long Beach estate planning lawyer you need at the Law Offices of Stephen E. Cockriel.

Creating The Estate Plan That Is Right For You

During your first meeting with a lawyer at our law firm, we will sit down with you to learn about your family, your assets and your vision for the future. This information will form the basis for the customized estate plan we will create for you. Needless to say, a plan for an older couple with an adult child will look quite different from a plan for a young couple, or couple with children from previous marriages. We will create the plan that is right for you.

Estate Planning Tools

With decades of experience on our side, we understand the strengths and weaknesses of all available estate planning tools. When we make a recommendation, we will take the time to educate you about why we are making that recommendation.

Tools that may be included in your estate plan include:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of attorney
  • Advance health care directives

With these tools, we can create an estate plan designed to guide your assets to the proper beneficiaries, while also helping to avoid probate and minimize estate taxes.

Updating Your Estate Plan

An estate plan is not something that should be created and forgotten. We encourage you to revisit your estate plan regularly, particularly after major life changes such as marriage, the birth of a child or the death of a spouse. Additionally, the laws that apply to estates and estate taxes change over time, so it is important to ensure that your plan complies with current laws. We will carefully review your estate plan and make any recommended changes.