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Estate Planning
While nobody wants to think about death or disability, establishing an estate plan is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.

A fully integrated and custom made estate plan requires the talents of a professional who will listen and respect your core values and assist you in making difficult decisions about family and assets that involve attention to details and disciplined budgeting of resources available to fund the transfer of wealth options that may be suitable for your estate plan and minimize state and federal taxes associated with them.

There are many attorneys that offer estate planning as a field of practice, but they are not certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in estate planning, trusts, and probate. Christopher Scarcella is not one of them. Chris is a State Bar of California certified specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate. He has taught other attorneys about his specialty practice as a MCIE presenter.

Chris is the right person to do your estate planning and give you peace of mind about having your affairs in order both now and in the future.

Avoiding Probate

If you leave your estate to your loved ones using a will, everything you own will pass through probate. The process is expensive, time-consuming and open to the public. The probate court is in control of the process until the estate has been settled and distributed. During this process, it is not unusual for the probate courts to freeze assets for weeks or even months while trying to determine the proper disposition of the estate, making it difficult for your family to pay for living expenses. If you are married and have children, you want to make certain that your surviving family has immediate access to cash to pay for living expenses while your estate is being settled. With proper planning, your assets can pass on to your loved ones without undergoing probate, in a manner that is quick, inexpensive and private.

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