The most common choice you have when setting up an estate plan is the choice between a Will and a Living Trust. A Will is always a one-way ticket to probate, unless your estate falls below a minimum threshold of value. In many states the minimum threshold is about $50,000. In California, that threshold is $150,000, except that if real estate is part of your estate, the threshold falls to … [Read more...] about How Much Does It Cost To Set Up a Living Trust?
Your last Will and Testament is essentially your instructions to the Probate Court as to how you would like your estate distributed. When you die and your will is submitted to the court, a probate case is opened. As with any legal case brought before the court, it becomes a matter of public record. Most families don’t choose to share their personal and financial matters with the world while … [Read more...] about Are All Wills a Matter of Public Record?