At Yee Law Group Inc., clients can expect their attorney to take a vested interest in their success, working efficiently to solve problems that stand in the way and adding value by developing and implementing efficient and cost – effective strategies that lead to optimal results.
Taking the time to truly listen as well as advise, we provide sound and sophisticated counsel that encompasses international and domestic matters across a broad range of business and estate planning disciplines.
Your Lawyer Should Know As Much About You As They Do About the Law
You expect your lawyer to know the law. A truly exceptional lawyer, however, understands that the law is not only about books, cases, and statutes – it’s about people. At Yee Law Group Inc., we never lose sight of that fact. Our committed team provides exceptional and personalized representation focused on each clients’ unique circumstances, concerns, and goals.
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SOPHISTICATED COUNSEL FOCUSED ON SOLVING PROBLEMS
In broad terms, a will is a legal document that states how you want your financial assets and property to be handled after your death. You name an executor, who oversees distributing your property, and beneficiaries, who will receive your property. You can also name permanent guardians for your minor children. Generally, wills that transfer ownership of the testator’s real and personal property to living beneficiaries go through probate.
A revocable living trust is a legal entity you create during your lifetime. Any property you choose to place into the trust will be distributed according to its terms after your death. Just like a will, you name someone to manage distributions (the trustee) and the people who will receive your property (beneficiaries).
Unlike a will, however, a revocable living trust does not have to go through the probate court to be executed. In California, the probate court process can take 12-16 months to complete, costs approximately 5% of the value of the estate in court fees, and is completely public. Creating a revocable living trust saves your loved one’s time, and money, and maintains your privacy.
Every Estate Plan includes:
- A Will or Revocable Living Trust (as appropriate),
- A Pour-Over Will, to catch any assets accidentally left out of the Trust,
- A Financial Power of Attorney, designating someone to act on your behalf for financial matters when you are ill or otherwise incapacitated,
- An Advanced Health Care Directive, naming the person who could make medical decisions on your behalf if you were unable to communicate,
- A HIPAA Waiver, granting access to confidential medical information to your chosen representatives
The first important way to protect minor children is by naming potential permanent guardians to care for them if you are no longer able.
A revocable living trust can also be crafted to ensure that a minor child’s inheritance will be both supervised and protected from future creditors, court judgments, and divorce proceedings.
In California, a family’s home is often its largest investment. If you own a home with a fair market value of more than $61,500 (meaning what the home would sell for, regardless of debt), your family will need to go to court to inherit the house, unless you plan ahead.
The court process, called probate, in CA costs on average 5% of the total value of the estate, is totally public, and delays distribution to your heirs for 12-16 months, minimum.
If you have minor children at home, planning is a must. If you could no longer care for your children and had no estate planning in place, the court would decide who should raise them and appoint a fiduciary to manage their inheritance, for a fee. Then, when they turn 18, the remaining inheritance would be distributed to them outright, without any guidance or supervision. Your Estate Plan will be crafted to avoid this outcome, giving you the most possible influence on your children’s futures.
When you plan with Yee Law Group, we will have two important meetings. The initial meeting can be held via videoconference, from the comfort and convenience of your home or office, or can be over the phone or in person. The entire process takes five to six weeks.
The first meeting is the Design Meeting, where you decide the specifics of your estate plan distributions. We will email you drafts of all your documents at least two weeks prior to your Delivery Meeting to review at home which gives you enough time to review all the documents and schedule an additional consultation if you would like to go over the documents and any questions you may have. The final meeting is the Delivery Meeting, where you will sign all the documents in the presence of a notary and receive your complete Estate Plan Binder and a digital copy.
You have 1 year from the Delivery Meeting to make any changes to your existing plan at no additional cost. Any changes after the 1 year there would be some minimal fee depending on the changes requested.
The first step is to contact our office to schedule a free consultation and you will need to fill out our initial questionnaire which I will use during the consultation to help design your personal estate plan!