Wills, Trusts and Probate

California Wills, Trusts & Probate Attorney Helping You Plan

You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. Whether planning the care or support of loved ones upon your death or guiding you through the probate process as you mourn the loss of a loved one, attorney William Fabrick can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:

  • Estate planning
  • Estate tax issues
  • Executorship duties
  • Guardianship
  • Living wills
  • Living trusts
  • Probate
  • Probate and will disputes
  • Will drafting and execution

Estate planning

When devising an estate plan, we consider how best to protect your children, support your loved ones and contribute to the charitable causes that are special to you.

We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

We draft a will that reflects your desires, and establish living trusts if they advance your individual needs and your estate planning goals.

Draft your living will and last will and testament

A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This ensures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.

Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet – making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

Attorney William Fabrick can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will

As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. We draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Probate

The process of probate typically accompanies a painful emotional loss. Knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorney William Fabrick can ease the stress of probating the estate.

The Law Offices of William Fabrick assists executors in all steps of the complex process of probating a will in California probate court, including:

  • Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
  • Filing the will with the California probate court
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying taxes and other debts
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring professionals and experts when necessary

Probate disputes

The stress of a probate dispute can compound the pain of losing a loved one. When disputes arise, attorney William Fabrick’s composed courtroom demeanor can calm the emotionally charged process of challenging an invalid will or defending a valid will against erroneous claims made by unhappy beneficiaries. If you choose to preserve amiable family relationships, we can skillfully mediate disputes to reach just, equitable resolutions with your loved ones. When necessary, we assertively defend your beneficiary rights within the California probate court.