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When a person dies, someone must step in to wind up the deceased person's affairs. Bills must be paid, property must be accounted for, and items must be passed on to the deceased person's next of kin.

In California, if the decedent's total assets are valued at $100,000 or more and there is no will or trust, the entire estate must enter Probate Court proceedings.  

If you have an estate valued at under $100,000, (mortgages and debts do NOT detract from asset value for Probate purposes), then see our small estates page.

Probate Court is a Court of General Jurisdiction which includes, but is not limited to the following proceedings; decedents' estates, trust proceedings, guardianship proceedings, conservatorship proceedings and minor's compromises.

If the estate is required to be handled through probate court proceedings, the process can take many months and can be very costly.  Often, the cost of the probate itself will cause the asset to be lost to the state. 

If, however, before his or her death the deceased person took steps to avoid probate, the whole process will be quicker, easier and much less costly. 

Because probate is time-consuming, very expensive and usually unnecessary, many people plan in advance to avoid it. There are a number of ways to pass property to your inheritors without probate. Some of these probate-avoidance methods are quite simple to set up; others take more time and effort.

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We at Schofield & Grossman are here to assist you in creating an estate plan that is tailored to your personal wishes and desires.
This can include:
  • Personal, Family or Business Trust
  • Pour Over Will
  • Advanced Healthcare Directive
  • Advanced Asset Management
  • Real Property Management
  • Personal Property Management
  • Estate & Gift Tax Allocation

Estate Tax Exemption
2004-- $ 1,500,000
2005-- $ 1,500,000
2006-- $ 2,000,000
2007-- $ 2,000,000
2008-- $ 2,000,000
2009-- $ 3,500,000
2010-- none
2011-- $ 1,000,000*
*Sunset Provision/unless congress acts before 2010.

The goal of estate tax planning is to try to pay the smallest tax possible using deductions, exemptions and credits. The first rule is that an unlimited amount of assets can pass to a surviving spouse without one dime of death tax being paid. This is known as the Unlimited Marital Deduction. An Excellent benefit of a Living Trust is that a married couple can take advantage of a double tax exemption. Using the tables above with a Living Trust, a couple just doubled their estate tax savings!

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