You’ve worked hard all your life — carefully saving, investing and sacrificing so that your family will be secure financially after you’re gone. After these efforts, you don’t want to surrender control over the distribution of your assets. At the Law Offices of K.J. Petsas, PC in South San Francisco, we help ensure that your wishes are fulfilled by establishing a secure estate plan. We have the experience necessary to accurately analyze your estate, complete and file all required paperwork, and create a comprehensive plan for you that addresses your long-term goals. By drafting authoritative wills, trusts and medical directives, we form a thorough program to achieve your goals. After someone has died, we also provide effective assistance to ensure that probate matters run smoothly.
Our firm drafts a full range of estate planning devices to allocate your property efficiently, avoid taxes whenever possible, and create the legacy that you want. We assist with legal instruments such as:
In a free consultation, we will learn about your objectives and outline the estate planning options that are available to you.
Thorough estate planning involves more than dispersing property upon death. We help clients issue effective healthcare instructions in the event that they become incapacitated due to illness or injury. By preparing a living will and a durable power of attorney document, you can instruct medical providers regarding the types of treatment that you want and appoint a trusted agent to enforce your directions.
Probate, the court process by which a will is validated, occurs during an already difficult time. Moreover, most people who are appointed as executors or administrators have little knowledge of the tasks necessary to close an estate. While the probate process may not be simple, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you are responsible for enforcing the terms of a will, we explain each aspect of the process and help you carry out duties such as:
Occasionally people choose to contest the terms of a will because they feel it does not accurately reflect the decedent’s intentions. When this happens, we vigorously work toward squelching hostility and defending your rights as a beneficiary, through litigation if need be.
The Law Offices of K.J. Petsas, PC assists clients throughout the Bay Area with a wide range of estate planning and probate issues. Please call 650-540-1170 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our office in South San Francisco.